I enjoy gifts; I like the anticipation and the excitement of both giving and receiving. God gives us gifts, physical and spiritual ones. When I receive a gift it immediately becomes one of my treasures. I don’t require expensive things to make me happy, I am thankful for the love, thought, or appreciation from the giver. I can look around my home at the various gifts given to me over the years and each one brings me a memory of the giver and the occasion. It really is quite nice!
I especially love giving unexpected gifts too, I like watching the smile that lights up the recipients face, the widening of their eyes and the childlike excitement of a surprise.
When I think of the song “Count Your Many Blessings, Name Them One by One”, I realize I can’t even begin naming them because they are so abundant. I have had to discipline myself in my prayer life over the years. I realized that too often I prayed for someone or some situation and didn’t take time to really pray a prayer of thanksgiving.
Consider these physical gifts from God: Food and clothing – Mt 6:25, Rain and fruitful seasons – Gen 8:22, Gen 27:28, Lev 26:4;5, Isa 40:23, Wisdom – 2 Chron 1:12, Peace – Lev 26:6, Jn 14:27, Gifts to be used and enjoyed – Eccl 3:13, Eccl 5:19-20, 1 Tim 4:4-5, Gifts which should cause us to remember God – Deut 8:18, Job 36:34, Job 37:23 All creatures partake of God’s gifts – Ps 136:25, Ps 145:15-16, and it’s okay to pray for his gifts – Zech 10:1, Matt 6:11.
These passages show some of our spiritual gifts: Rom 12:6-8, Rom 12:7, Eph 4:11, 1 Cor 12:28
God blesses us beyond measure, take time with me today to remember the many gifts he has blessed us with and especially the gift of his son.
Ps 9:1-2 I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.