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You are a Masterpiece

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,  which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10

Can you wrap your head around this verse? You were made in the image of God, His workmanship. A masterpiece. You have been crafted and created by design. That design was set up before you were born so that you would accept Him as Lord, move towards His purposes, and start doing good things that put a smile on His face. You've had other options. All of us have. But at some point we all realize that someone has their eye on us. Someone is watching over us. Your life has purpose: to bring His glory into the lives of those that you are in fellowship with. As you build your relationship with Him, you will begin to truly enjoy all that comes with walking it out. Blessings will overtake you! Favor will surround you! So many times we are bombarded by bad news, ambushed by difficulties and adverse circumstances. That is part of life. But when we realize that we w…

Give till You Smile!

2 Corinthians 9 encourages us to remember: "A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving".
I am trying to be generous on every occasion. Some time ago at our church we made a decision in the fall that every time we came to the church for worship we would be prepared to give something. It occupied our mind and was a priority to us. It was the most fruitful season we ever had at our church! In order to be fruitful my priorities must be right. There have been many times in my life when I gave my time, talent and treasure to the Lord only after I had used them for something else. It was not my first thought. One day that all changed:)
There is a biblical principle that encourages us to give to the Lord first. It should be easy as He has already given to you and me...he gave his life! Recognize that whatever we plant in what God is doing is going to produce a harvest. If I am short on time I need to invest some volunteer hours to help out a ministry or business. If I am lacking financially then it only stands to reason that I would need to plant some finances. How much? 
That's something to pray about. But really pray about it. I say just give generously. Do the best you can with what you have and as the Lord adds to you, give more. We must keep going through thick and thin, feast and famine for it is God who will bring us exactly what we need. Be consistent.
Take some time to think it over today. Are you a giver? Do you give your offerings reluctantly or with joy? God loves a cheerful giver! Don't give till it hurts: give till you smile! Make up your mind today to be a blessing to someone else. Be a delightful giver and bless your church, your friends...even your boss! Whatever you plant will come back to you!