Welcome to Day 21 of #write31days. Give is the word prompt for Five Minute Friday Free Writes. As usual I wasn’t sure how to tie it in with nature.

But I thought about the different herbs in my garden and how they give off lovely scents. Click To Tweet

 

Herbs Give Benefits

Then I remembered how some are good for food, medicine and aroma therapy. How fitting to realize what a gift these herbs are to us! My garden only has a few out of the great variety of herbs God has created for our use. They grow prolifically and keep giving out of their abundance. In the same way, we can give to others out of our abundance.

 

Oregano, chives

Lavender and purple sage

Give delectable scents

 

Herbs give delight

 

Just this morning I cut some fresh chives to mix in with scrambled eggs and cheese. Then, in the afternoon my granddaughter helped herself to a little of each of the four herbs in the garden. One by one she would smell and taste them. Click To Tweet She especially loved the chives. I don’t have a picture of her with the herbs, but she was a lovely companion this afternoon. 

 

 

She was a big help with her baby cousin who was also here with me.

 

 

Give From What You Have Received

 

Like the herbs grow abundantly and gift us with many benefits, we can gift others out of the abundance of love and grace God has shown to us. We may not have a lot of money or possessions, but there are other ways to help each other.

 

Kindness doesn't cost a penny, but it goes a long way to lift another's spirits. Click To Tweet

 

Forgiveness may cost something in terms of our hearts and attitudes, but its benefits far outweigh the struggle. There are so many ways to bestow gifts on one another and even on strangers. A smile and kind word to the cashier who seems sad and tired, a listening ear for someone, an offer to babysit for a mom who feels overwhelmed… The list is endless.

 

Where we are gifted, we can use those gifts to bless others. Click To Tweet

 

Whether you give money, food, clothes or gifts of love, kindness, and prayer – if you give from a heart of love you will be blessed. In the book of Luke we read about how our actions toward others have an effect on us.

 

Luke 6:37-38 (ESV)

 

Judge not, and you will not be judged;

condemn not, and you will not be condemned; 

forgive, and you will be forgiven;

give, and it will be given to you.

Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,

running over, will be put into your lap.

For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

 

God has blessed me with life and love. May I always be generous with what He has given me. His gifts are the best.

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Give Abundantly from the Heart

  1. What a good reminder to lean in and trust in Him. Forgive and you will be forgiven, give and you will be given. These are so true. Sometimes I think we hold our hands out asking for the thing we are unwilling to give. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Amanda, I think you are right about our sometimes holding out our hands want the very thing we are unwilling to give. May God give us willing hearts that are sensitive to His leading and ready to do His will.

      Blessings to you! xoxo

  2. Dear Gayl,
    It’s always so fun to see photos of your garden and your family! And your pictures of your herbs reminds me that I need to gather some of my own herbs before the frosts come this week! We have been given so much haven’t we? I wonder if we would let God really show us some of that abundance, we would be more willing to give? Enjoy your beautiful family this weekend! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thanks so much for your faithfulness to read and comment. Your thoughts mean a lot to me. Yes, God really has given us much and I pray He will enable us to see and give out of our abundance. Yesterday was tiring, but a lot of fun, too. It had been awhile since I had seen the baby so it was fun to have time with her. And it’s always a pleasure to spend time with Maggie, the 7 yr. old. What a blessing grandchildren are!

      Blessings to you, dear sister! xoxo

  3. Once again, Gayl, your words have succeeded in taking me places. I can smell those gorgeous herbs and appreciate the gift they are to us, making even simple meals marvellous by their inclusion.
    I also love to see photos of your garden and family. You may have been busy and stretched by having your grandchildren to stay, but you look happy and serene anyway! Thank you for being such a sweet blessing, a gift to me and to all who know you and read your words. Love and hugs! xoxo 😊 💜

    1. Dear Joy, I’m so glad to hear that! It’s fun to try to write so others can enjoy what I see. And yes, herbs can add so much to a meal! It is tiring at times to babysit but so worth it. My grandchildren are all so sweet. Thanks for your sweet encouragement. You are also a blessing to me and a gift!

      Blessings, love and hugs to you! xoxo

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