Faith

A blessing received and one given.

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My husband and I received a “blessing” a few years ago that prompted this post.

I had just read this a few weeks prior from Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost For His Highest. 

“Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot………..God will  never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.”

But how?

Do I find a way to give back immediately?

Do I wait and watch and listen for that prompt from God as to something specific?

Some authors suggest an extra financial gift to a needy organization.

There are times when saying “Thank you, God”, just doesn’t seem enough. For God, it probably is but do we always want to do just enough? Aren’t there times we should do more?

Today day was one of those days for me. I will not share the details but I can tell you it had nothing to do with money. We didn’t win the lottery which would pretty much be impossible as we don’t buy tickets.

I decided I would be alert for a special prompt those next few days but until then I want to do something immediately. Stay with me here because it might not be clear right away about how this is a “pay it forward”.

Years ago when I was in Brazil, I sat poolside on the roof of our hotel and noticed an unusual bird flying nearby. I was feeling pretty alone that day as my husband was working and no one else was on the roof with me. I kept watching that singular bird and thought how much we were alike that day. Both of us by ourselves. But soon that bird was joined by a flock of birds and the single bird was now part of a flock.

Soon I was no longer alone either. Other people showed up on the roof.

For some strange reason, I felt God “speaking ” to my heart that day and telling me to pray for those people on the roof. I had never felt the urge to pray for complete strangers before, but I did. I mean how does one pray for a stranger anyway? I found it far easier than I would have thought and even today, years later, I often find myself praying for people I don’t know.

And just one last thought.

That prayer you offer up for that stranger today may be the only prayer that has or ever will be prayed for that person. That really puts a different spin on things, doesn’t it?  No prayer ever goes unheeded. God hears them all.

A blessing received and one given.

Notice a stranger today and let God lead you to the words you can pray. You will both be blessed. Encouraging you to pray for a complete stranger today is my way of passing on a blessing to you because I know if you do this you will receive a blessing as well.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t offered any tips about how to pray for a stranger, it’s because I know God will give you the words.

He did for me.

God bless and let me know how it goes.

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