Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Winsome Wednesday - Being deliberate in giving!

I was browsing through my bible and stumbled across this verse:
Isaiah 32 v 8:  But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.

And it hit me like a ton of bricks - one must be deliberate in doing good and in giving!  Think up ways and means of being generous.  Giving of your wealth, time, etc.  I also believe when you do something for someone, do it as unto the Lord.  That way, your motives are pure, God gets the glory, and 'people' can't disappoint you.  Remember, you reap what you sow FROM God, not necessarily from whom you have given whatever to.


2 Corinth 9 v 8:  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
God will make sure that you will always have sufficiency in your giving assuming your giving is from pure motives.  You cannot out give God.

God bless
Tracy

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27 comments:

  1. Love this! Deliberate acts of kindness and generosity - not just random - deliberate! There is such great joy!

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    1. Hi Karen - so true, so rewarding

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  2. Tracy ~ Great post. We do reap what we sow...great reminder. Love that picture!
    Blessings...Chelle

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    1. Hi Chelle, so true, we reap what good - or - bad that we sow, why not let it be good stuff, right?

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  3. Wow, I see what you mean. I will have to take it to heart, am naturally inclined for it to be random and as I feel like it,instead of thought and planned.

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    1. Hi Stefanie, I know what you mean, being intentional will mean overcoming how we feel in the moment, but I have no doubt that we will 'feel' better for it after.

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  4. Tracy,
    Deliberate blessings,
    intentional generosity! Love it! And you are so right, we can't out give God! :)
    Great words, my friend!

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    1. Amen, so true, God is the ultimate teacher of generosity!

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  5. We must be generous and not stingy when we give of our finances to the Lord, and there are other walks of life that our generous acts of kindness will bless others. For instance, allowing someone to get in line ahead of you in the store as we did today. And giving when Pastor takes a special offering with the first figure not the smaller one.

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    1. Hi Robert - there are so many ways of showing the love of God and His generosity. For His glory

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  6. So true Tracy; giving is so powerful, and as you give more and more, you have more to give! The most powerful gifts are those that come straight from the heart..... :)

    Blessings and hugs to you sweet friend,
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise - so true, its like God sees He can trust with with x and gives you x+ and + and +
      Great point

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  7. ARK - A Random Kindness!!!
    Great food for thought!!! Thanks so much for letting me join in this week!! HOPE you have a great week!

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    1. Hi Debbie - ARK, great acronym. Thank YOU for joining, I am so pleased and would love to see you here again next week

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  8. Deliberate generosity, what a great thought!

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    1. Hi Beck, yes I know, now to put it into action... :)

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  9. Excellent post! So true, we must plan to be generous with our money, time and talents, or the cares of the world will eat up our resources before we even realize they're gone! God often, but not always, blesses the giver financially, but He always gives spiritual blessings beyond measure.
    Blessings and love to you,
    Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie - I like that you say the reward is not always monetary, but He always, always, rewards us beyond our wildest measure

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  10. I'm doing a study right now that is talking about being deliberate in seeking God. The same goes for serving and giving generously! You are right...we need to choose to give from a pure heart. I want to make sure that my motive is always to glorify God!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan - see? I am using this awesome tool that you got me onto. Thank you my friend. I appreciate it :) I also believe that in giving our motive should always be to bring God the glory.

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    2. Thanks Tracy! I'm so glad you like the tool! It makes it so easy to communicate with the folks who come by our sites. Plus, it looks cool, tool! Blessings!

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  11. "Being deliberate in our giving".....what powerful words....Choosing daily to give in whatever form God leads is very different from just random giving....I love this....and He tells us that "Give and it shall be given to you, press down good measure overflowing....so we just need to listen to His voice and obey...

    Great post..

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    1. Hi Nancy - being deliberate and random are definitely different but equally important. Every act of giving is a blessing. Great point

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  12. Where was I this Wednesday? Love this post, of course I do. I am still learning so much about giving, even after I wrote 'Grace of Giving' or maybe... because I wrote it :)
    Have a great weekend Tracy.

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    1. Hi Marja - so glad you came over and linked up. Always love seeing you here. I think we can never learn enough about giving, we just have to practice and practice and practice.... :)

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  13. Tracy:

    I agree that our motives should be pure when giving. And it is so true...we can't outgive God.

    Also, I'm sorry I haven't been around to visit or link up the last couple of weeks. I've had a bit of a writers block (and my Grace Cafe post was a repost). I'm beginning to feel the writing juices flowing again...Sometimes we just need a little break.

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    1. Hi Joan - I completely understand. I'm praying too for you and your husband for complete healing.
      God bless
      Tracy

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