What to Bring

“And if she is not able to bring a lamb then she may bring two turtle doves or two young pigeons – one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering.” Leviticus 12:8

I like this understanding that not every woman would be able to bring a lamb. So they could bring something smaller, even pigeons.

Jesus, thank You for accepting whatever we can offer today, even something as small as simple words of gratitude and praise. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Still Able

When it feels like I have nothing
good at all to bring
I’ll offer up my voice
and let Your praises sing.

When my hands are still empty
but my heart is over full
I’ll let my joy in You be known
for now and evermore.


  1. “When my hands are still empty
    but my heart is over full”

    Love it.

  2. The sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15)…fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11 and 22:3). 🙂

    Great poem and great post!

  3. Amen …

    Before I read the comments, Alvin Slaughter’s ‘Sacrifice of Praise’ came readily to mind. (Thanks, Theresa) I hit a bump in the road this morning and cranked up my Ipod to find comfort in Sacrifice Of Praise. Not always easy … probably not the easiest thing to praise Him in the storm but I will lift my voice, regardless.

    Thank you for posting this simple truth this morning (See… I told you I was getting it 🙂 )

    Have blessed day!


  4. ToniRand,

    I used to head up a praise band, and “Sacrifice of Praise” was one of their favorites.

    Debbie, your comment about how women could bring other offerings reminds me that we all, especially women, have talents and a variety of offerings, from praise to rants to songs to poems, all of which God is willing to accept. Since Psalms is half ranting, I know that when I have a bad day, God has wide enough “shoulders” to help listen to my burden. Then comfort takes over… thank you!


  5. Deb, My poems are never as good as yours, but I am thankful that as small and mediocre as they are He is still willing to accept my offering. This encourages me to not just stick with my usual prose offerings. Peace, Linda

  6. Hey Deb,

    I heart your poems.

    I have not much to give,

    and I’m glad God likes the little giver who gives much

    no more than the big giver who gives much more

    but much more than the little giver who has much – but doesn’t give much.

    That’s probably at least one “much” too much.

    And how did you go from Matthew a week or so ago – into Leviticus!? 🙂

    God Bless

  7. Such a great thing!
    It should make me think of other verses but my mind goes to “the little drummer boy” 🙂

  8. Thinking of you and yours! Praying for Him to provide all you need, each moment of the day. 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for the verses! The sacrifice of praise reminds me of a song we used to sing . . .”We’ll bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.” ( it’s better if I just type it and don’t try to sing it! ha!) Blessings!

  10. I love your enthusiasm and comments, Ann! You help crank things up over here! 🙂 God bless you and thank you for encouraging my simplicity!

  11. I love that Amy, seeing the Psalms as rants. Some sure are! Now for me to remember to rant to God rather than some other poor soul! ha! You are so right that when we go to Him, He always knows how to calm us down and restore our peace. Thanks for adding your thoughts here!

  12. Oh, I think that’s wonderful, Linda! Your poems are beautiful, so I’ll look forward to the pleasure of more poem offerings from you! 🙂

  13. I loved all your much’s! 🙂 Smiles count as offerings too, I think, and belly laughs. Thanks for always giving me much to be thankful for . . .you!
    How did I go from Matthew to Leviticus? I should’ve warned everyone, huh? ha! I read an Old Testament book and then a New Testament book. Then I try to do a poem/devotion per each chapter of the book I’m in. Try. 🙂 So after Matthew, it was time to go back and Leviticus was next.
    Take care! Are you on track for a Monday release?

  14. I think of that too! 🙂 It goes perfect with this! Thanks Opoetoo! Always good to hear from you!

  15. yes Monday will be the birth day- but I’m terrified – but I’m gonna do it anyway 🙂

  16. Craig, A verse just came to mind: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. Peace, Linda

  17. Linda, thanks for the verse to encourage Craig! 🙂

  18. Your offering to God is overflowing
    it even reached those who are ready
    for the blessings.
    Thanks Deb, it reached me!

  19. Thank you, bended spoon, for always offering your brightness and light to all of us. You shine, and that’s a big gift!

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