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.
Lavender and purple sage
Give delectable scents
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.
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.
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.
Judge not, and you will not be judged;
condemn not, and you will not be condemned;
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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