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My grandboy Carter turns 7 in early January, and birthday gifts are an important topic.  He would love to get GI Joe action figures, a toy gun and a remote control helicopter–and anything he has asked for but doesn’t get for Christmas.

nativity from jerusalem

Of course, we are celebrating a very special birthday just a few days before Carter’s big day.  I wonder what Jesus would ask for, if we asked Him.  Last post we looked at four gifts He has clearly stated He would love to receive.  Today we consider four more gifts that would please our Savior (more…)

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I don’t do hands.

That is, I don’t do things with my hands:  crafts, art, sewing, building.  I’m just not good at those things. and I don’t enjoy them.

When my daughter Michelle needed a cage for her guinea pig, she rejected my offer to take her to the pet store.  She and my very handy husband decided to build a cage themselves—out of things you don’t usually use to make cages.  It would be so much more interesting that way.

They did it.  They built a large substantial cage, that moved from family to family over the years, housing guinea pigs and rabbits and iguanas.  It is still serving well.

Similar to our cage. Ours was sturdier.

Steve and Michelle, knowing my lack of natural gifting in this area, never once invited me to be a part of this project.  No one ever said, “Come help us build this cage.”

But God…God said, “Judy, will you come help build my Kingdom?”

“You want me to help build?”

“Oh yes,” He replied.  “I was very intentional when I made you.  I didn’t give you hand gifts.  I gave you words.  And I want you to use those words—written and spoken—to do the work I’ve already prepared for you.

“Come, Judy, and be on my Kingdom building team.”

It was an eager “yes” and I have never regretted it.

C 2011 Judy Douglass

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What do you want for your birthday?

My grandboy Aidan turns 4 in two weeks, and birthday gifts are an important topic.  By the age of 4 he actually has opinions.  Themes would be Star Wars, pirates, swords.   Preferably no clothes, though red pajamas in one of the above themes might be okay.

So do you ever wonder what God might like as a gift from you?  I think about such things, and I’ve come up with four gifts I believe would please my Father.

1.  My heart.

This is the most important one, and if I had only one gift to give, this would be it.  He says his greatest desire is that we would love him with our whole heart, mind, soul, strength—with our whole being  (Matt 22:37).  He desires to be first in our affections, king of our hearts.

And when I Iove like that, then I am ready to give him these additional gifts.

 2.  My will

Actually, this one is pretty hard for me, even still.  Growing up my greatest desire was always to have my own way.  And throughout my walk with God, we have had many conversations about His way or my way.  I sometimes lobby for my good ideas, but He has convinced me that His way is ALWAYS better than my way.  And it works best when I surrender willingly.

3.  My hands

This is a little funny—I don’t do hands.  That is, I don’t make things or draw things or build things.  I do words, not hands.

Then God reminds me of His conversation with Moses, when Moses said he couldn’t speak well and there was no way he could go tell Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go.

God’s response?  “What is that in your hand, Moses?”  It was his shepherd’s staff.  And that is what God used—to bring down plagues on the Egyptians, to part the Red Sea, to provide water for the people.

His response to me?  Give me your hands—the gifts I have given you—and I will amaze you with how I will use you.

4.  My feet

Seriously, He wants my feet?  Yes he does.  That is, He wants me to be willing to put my feet in motion, to go wherever He asks me to go.  That might be to a physical place.  Or an opportunity.  Someplace scary or uncomfortable.  Or a challenging relationship.

I never know where God might send me.  But I do know this—He has promised to go with me.

So don’t wait till next Christmas.  Wrap these gifts up right now and offer them to your Daddy.

© 2011 Judy Douglass

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