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Blessed and Blessing {Book Club Thursdays}

We’re reading through  Sally Clarkson’s, The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming (affil. link).

For your convenience, all the posts in the series will be archived {here}. So if you miss any, feel free to head on over here to catch up.

Chapter 15: Blessed and Blessing, Grace, Gratitude, and Generosity (Sally)

I loved the opening quote of this chapter written by H. A. Ironside, “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Isn’t that the truth? How many times do we navigate through life lacking the understanding that God is good and He’s at work on our behalf? Like bratty children we whine and complain, we sulk and cry about this and that. We continuously disregard heavens grace and provision poured out for us daily.

This chapter reminds me of truth I learned years ago while living in a hotel suite with my family for four months after our house fire. One moment all was well. The next? Not so much. I spent many days grieving losses and immersing myself in the bitterness, anger, and disappointment I felt at that stage in my life. Until God changed my perception, I was unable to walk in His blessing and goodness. I wasn’t able to ‘see’ what was already mine. I was blind to my inheritance. Lost in my grief.

Friend, I guess what I’m saying is that before we can learn to be a blessing, before we’re able to walk in grace, gratitude, and generosity, we must have eyes to see the goodness, favor, grace, and abundant blessing of the Lord at work in our lives. Only then, can we read through this week’s chapter without contempt in our hearts because, “Oh, yeah, that’s easy for you, but you don’t know the life I’m living…”

Can I encourage you today? The goodness and love of God are at work daily because it’s Who He is. If you can find the blessing hidden in your every-day-ordinary, or your every-day-broken, you’ll find a desire bubble up within you. A desire to share from the abundance of the generosity so lavishly poured out upon you. You’ll learn to pour out of the overflow.

So why don’t we do things a bit differently today. Why don’t we stop here and ponder the areas where God has been active in our lives. Where is His goodness, love, grace, favor, mercy, kindness, and influence been at work in your midst. Where have you found yourself strengthened, filled, helped, encouraged, and comforted in your journey?

Go ahead, take a few moments to dwell on that. Then come back to this chapter with fresh eyes to look into Sarah’s words from a place of  ‘I’m here to simply glean ideas, wisdom, and insight from a different life’.

Grace, gratitude, and generosity will look different for each of us, but it will always begin with an understanding that “the Lord is good and Hs love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations,”  (Psalm 100:5). And we, well, we get to be a part of His outpouring. Yeah, I’d say, that’s a whole lot to be thankful for!

Thoughts To Ponder

1.) Where have you seen the grace, goodness, and generosity of God in your life?

2.) Now that you’ve pondered on this, and read through what it’s looked like for Sarah, what ideas can you implement understanding your unique family, season, and resources?

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Grace, Gratitude and Generosity... what does that look like for you? Let’s talk about it (feel free to do so in the comments section, on our Facebook page, or privately). Then meet me here next week when we’ll be talking about the Rhythm of Celebration.

 

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