All Around Encouraged

And all those around them encouraged them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock and with precious things, besides all that was willingly offered.”  Ezra 1:6

Encourage means to give courage, hope or confidence; to help, give support.

Lord, may our encouragement be as silver and gold to each other in the work You have called us to.  And here is a simple poem . . .

Adding Confidence

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How precious it is
when our brothers and sisters
give us encouragement
along the way

like silver and gold
adding weight to our confidence
in the One whom we’re called by
the One whom we praise.

If That Had Been Too Little

“Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.'”  2 Samuel 12:7

“I gave you your master’s house and your masters’ wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah.  And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more!”  2 Samuel 12:8

God was prepared to give David much more . . .if he’d asked.

Lord, please help me understand all that You have given me and forever be done with the “too little” mentality.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Still Time Yet

If it was too little
would I not give you more
since I am omnipresent
wouldn’t I know before
you had an unfilled need
a heart desire unmet
for you have eternal life
and there is still time yet.

Desperate Giving

“Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11

Hannah kept her promise and gave back the son she so desperately wanted.

Oh Lord, I desperately want to put back into Your hand everything You have given me. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Returned

Asking for a gift
I can give to You

something of use
that has meaning and value

like Hannah gave up Samuel
and You, a Son too

let me think first of the Kingdom
and surrender all I do.

According To The Blessing

” . . .and they shall not appear before the Lord empty handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:17

I read this as God saying everyone will be blessed.

Oh Lord, we desire to rejoice over Your blessings and give them back to You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Before Him

You love
what You created

plan for our good
and to bless

so may my eyes see
what You are doing

may my heart rejoice
in thankfulness.

Excessive Giving

“The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”  Exodus 36:5
” . . .and the people were restrained from bringing . . .”  Exodus 36:6

There became a need in our small community for support of a local family as their tiny son battled leukemia for 17 months of his short 2 year life.  Today, a house is being built and donated to the new foundation in order to help other families and children with similar needs.

Oh Lord, if we as a people are faulted, let it be for giving too much. And here’s a simple poem . . .

A Given

If there is a need
that we can meet
let us not turn away

remembering how
You gave everything
on that one eternal day.

Is there a need you’d like to share with us today?

Willingly

“Speak to the children of Israel that they bring to Me  an offering.  From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering.”  Exodus 25:2

My daughter likes to give things.  It may be something she’s made or found or used.  I always accept whatever she offers for it comes with a piece of her heart.

Thank You, Lord, for knowing my heart and accepting my small offerings today. Here’s a simple poem . . .

Heart Giving

What can I bring My King
that is worthy?
Nothing I have or am
is valuable enough,

but He sees substance
in more than just the offering,
its in the heart attitude
of the one who gives to Him.

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