All for Arleena – Blessed

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A few days before Christmas, I was getting ready to go out to do some last-minute shopping with my 16-year-old daughter, Arleena. My boys, ages 10 and 7, were left with a room full of craft items and a list of people that they might want to make gifts for. I told them that they could only make gifts while we were gone and explained how it is better to give than to receive. A few hours later, we returned home and I examined the progress they had made. My oldest son, Bowen, followed the list, doing exactly what was asked and leaving no one out. His homemade gifts had already been placed neatly under the tree.

Then I asked my youngest, Chase, if he had made gifts for everyone on the list. To which he replied, “I did them all for Arleena.” While I tried to reason with him that all five of the gifts he made (including an elf with his face on it) did not have to go to his sister, he insisted, “Yes, they do.”  I reminded him that we had already made her gift the day before, so these new gifts could go to others. Again, he insisted, “No, they are for Arleena.” At that point, I quit arguing and let it go.

On Christmas morning, he delivered his many gifts to Arleena. The look on her face was priceless! Tangible joy filled the room, and it was clear that his generosity had resulted in a little miracle that morning in our family.

Only God knows how many little miracles we could be a part of when we have the freedom to be generous. Just like Chase, we should give even when others don’t understand our logic. I have learned in my life that a closed fist creates fear, and life is not found there. When I open up my life and willingly and generously pour out, God is always faithful to take care of me and bless me. And through me, he blesses so many people around me.  To develop a blessed heart, it is important to develop generosity in our lives.

Is there someone in your life that has a need you can meet? Is there someone who you know is at home alone because of COVID that would love to hear from you?

Next Steps:
Ask God who you can bless today with your time or money and act on it. Make the time to call someone who is on your heart.

21 Days of Prayer:
Day 4 Focus – To Place My Trust in God (Psalm 62:8)

God, in your Word you invite me to pour out my heart to you. You are my refuge. I know that anything I think, feel, or do is okay to bring to you. Knowing you are a safe place for me, I come to you and give you everything (talk to God about the specific things that are on your heart today). From what worries me to what delights me, to what I hope for, to what I’m afraid of, I bring it all to you because I can trust you. Help me and guide me in every area, in Jesus’ name.

This post was written by April Willer, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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3 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thanks April! I started my day complaining to God, and then apologizing because I have so much to be thankful for. Your devotion reminds me that God wants all of me: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Everything works out in God’s time, not mine.

  2. Paula Schoeff
    Paula Schoeff says:

    The living it out today was such a sweet blessing and tribute to the crazy, audacious, over-the-top generosity that is possible when we think about how gracious our God is. I will keep Chase’s story in my heart and remember it is okay to be “unfair” when giving. It isn’t about fair, it is about being obedient and pure of heart. Bless Arleena and bless Chase.

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