In God’s Service

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Let’s see now, what’s your favorite color? Is it indigo blue, fire engine red, green, yellow, purple, or maybe orange? Well, once you have figured that out, go to the store and purchase a bow in the color of your liking. After you’ve completed that task, place the bow somewhere very close to your heart. Perhaps you may want to purchase more than one bow, because in this instant, re-gifting is definitely politically correct. Then, decide who will be the recipient(s) of the perfect gift, YOU! Okay, if you believe that to be too extreme, forget about the bow. It is man who looks on the outward appearance, but God looketh on the hearts of men. 


This is the season which puts us into the frame of mind to give. Some individuals will give until it hurts, literally. Some will spend money they don’t have. They will be paying for gifts for years to come, that were purchased on credit. Ostensibly at the time, it appeared to be the right thing to do. However, so many individuals would appreciate the intangible gifts, so much more so than the gifts which were purchased in the aforementioned ways. The individuals I’m speaking of are Senior Citizens, the widowed, the orphaned, the homeless, those who are sick and shut in, and those who are bedridden, isolated, and lonely. Many spend the vast majority of their days without companionship. They long to hear a knock at the door, and to see a smiling face. They long to have someone to talk to, to listen to them, and for someone to simply show they care. They long to feel loved and not forgotten. They long to be blessed with the gift of your time. Have you thought about being the perfect gift for someone during this season and beyond? Loneliness doesn’t cease to exist after the holiday season ends. So many live this existence year round. It is a sad commentary, that many who are able to reach out and touch the lives of individuals who are in dire need of compassion, sit passively by and do nothing. The Scriptures have much to teach us on this subject.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Hebrews 13:16) But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (I John 3:17) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:4-8)

My brothers and sisters, always remember Jesus was our perfect example, that we should follow in His steps. Remember to love one another. As you are blessed, strive to be a blessing to others. Don’t let an opportunity to be the perfect gift to someone pass you by. There are so many facilities in dire need of volunteers, as they attempt to provide services to those in need of help, year-round. There are friends, family members and neighbors, who are also waiting to hear the telephone ring, or to hear a knock at the door. Remember, these are opportunities to present to those who are hurting, the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and everyday!

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Read: Proverbs 19:17
Luke 6:38
John 3:16
Philippians 4:19

 

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22 comments on “In God’s Service

  1. Amen! Paulette how very true this is,many times the ones who need the gift of companionship do not receive it. I don’t like Christmas at all any more,for years I carried around a bag of guilt because I wasn’t financially able to give,as others in my family.It was a mess for real,so now I don’t even try to give any thing.Some may feel this is wrong but hey everyone has a right to their opinion I did enjoy the read and it’s beauty!!
    Love ya :D :D

    • Hi Pat,

      Thanks. It’s unfortunate, that the TRUE meaning of Christmas is ignored, overlooked, and dismissed by thousands! Because of this, I believe many individuals feel the way you felt in years past, as well as feel the way you do now. I do agree, that you need to do what is best for you. BTW, I know you celebrate Jesus 365 days a year! :-)

      Love you back! :-)

  2. Thank you so much, Praising Paulette. You have helped us here at Christmas more than you may know. And not just for now, but for after and all year long. He is so faithful to bring us someone to give to in this way, if we ask Him to. And for us who don’t have the finances to give gifts, we can know that God is so pleased that we do give our hearts to Him and to others.
    God bless you and the way you stay so close to Jesus, to bring us just what He knows we need to hear. love and prayers for His constant keeping and comfort for you.

    • Hi Debbie,

      May we be used as vessels of honor, pouring out of ourselves what the Lord has placed in us, to pour into the lives of those who are in need, and hurting. “And for us who don’t have the finances to give gifts, we can know that God is so pleased that we do give our hearts to Him and to others.” Amen, and Amen! Love and prayers to you, as well.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks a lot! I certainly agree! I want the Lord to anoint me with fresh oil! May His power rest upon our lives! God bless you, and thanks for stopping by. :-)

  3. Thank you, Minister Paulette

    This post warms my heart :-)

    Thanks for reminding us how the simple things can make a great difference in the lives of those who need to know that they are loved and appreciated.

    May your Christmas be filled to overflowing with love and joy as you share Him with others.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • Hi Ann,

      Thank you. Your comment brought a smile to my face. :-) May God bless you and yours, during this Christmas season. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

      Love,

      Paulette

  4. Thank you Paulette! I love the part where you say we ourselves can be the perfect gift to others. The same way Christ was our perfect gift. Not what he gave or what he did but who he is. This is a beautiful post and I am so glad to have read it. Thank you thank you thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May God bless you.
    K

    • Hi Kerry-Ann,

      Thank you for stopping by today. Yes, Jesus, the reason for the season “was our perfect gift.” In fact, Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of all! Bless His holy name! Because of who He is, I give Him glory and praise! Merry Christmas to you and your family, as well!

      God bless.

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    • Hi Sherline,

      Thank you so much for your nomination for the Candle Lighter Award! That was so sweet of you, and I do appreciate it much. Congratulations to you, on receiving the award! You definitely are deserving of it! :-) God bless you!

      Paulette

  6. I came over through Eve’s blog and so glad I did.

    Although I am currently working with little children, I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist for 25 years. Older people were the majority of our patients. I can attest to the fact that so many are lonely and would just love to have someone to sit and listen to them. That is such a gift to give to them.

    A lovely post with an important message to share.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Hello Debbie,

      First of all, I would like to apologize for not replying to your comment in a timely manner. I suffer from RSD, and I was suffering an extremely severe and debilitating flare up, over the last several days.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and for adding a comment to the comment stream. May we all strive to do what we can, to help those who are lonely and without companionship. After all, we are to be God’s hands and feet in the earth. When I saw your comment, I visited your blog, but was not able to spend time there as I wanted to. I do intend to visit again soon. May God richly bless you! :-)

      Paulette

      http://www.heartchoices.com/

  7. Thank you, Paulette–a wonderful message for us all year long, and oftentimes, giving blesses the giver more than the recipient! God bless you Big, my dear Sister!! love, sis Caddo

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