That time of year has passed again, the time where the calendar affirms that another year has gone by since I last added another number to my age. I remember when I was in high school being unhappy when someone thought I was younger than my younger sister. Some kind person tried to reassure me that some day I would be glad that I looked younger than my age. At the time, I was not impressed with that idea. But I have since then seen the wisdom of those words.
This year was one of the best ever when it comes to friends and family members giving cheerfully and generously from their hearts. A friend sent me a nice hanging ornament that I hung on a door. It makes a slight swishing noise every time I open and close the door and reminds me of her kindness and generosity. One of my daughters and her daughter treated both my husband and myself to a meal at a local restaurant. Plus, my granddaughter got me a large mug, which would only have been picked out by her: blue with white polka dots, handle with green and white stripes, and a very prominent molded cupcake with a candle. 😄 It makes me remember her and smile every time I see it.
My husband bought me a nice massager that has already relaxed my muscles a number of times! He also got me a couple of other gifts, one that I had requested, and one very practical one for defogging my car windshield. One of my daughters, who lives out of state, sent me a beautiful and practical tool set for my garden in my favorite color. It has been coming in very handy as I continue to get the garden back in order.
My children who were out of town called or video chatted with me. And my older son and his wife came over with the baby and gave me a movie (DVD) and a nice card. On top of that, the Lord sent us some refreshing rain and watered the garden to give it the boost that it needed. The garden and I were both happy about that! 😊
It’s not just the gifts that made me happy; it’s the love and generosity of the givers that brings me lasting joy.
Today, I’m thankful for the love of friends and family.
I’m thankful for their generosity.
I’m also very thankful for the lavish generosity of God.
What about you? Have you experienced generosity from others that let you know how much they love you? Are you thankful for the lavish generosity of God?
“Real love isn’t our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.”1 John 4:10 CEV
“In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us…”Ephesians 1:7,8a BSB
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