Learning to Receive God’s Gifts

“Faith receives God’s gifts as gifts; gratitude receives them well.” – Miroslav Volf

So often I have failed to receive God’s gifts as simply gifts. Rather, I accepted the gifts, but took the recognition for the gifts as though they resulted from my own doing.  I took credit.

But He taps me on the shoulder and reminds me. He reminds me that I am loved and that I am the object of His blessings.  Without Him, without His gifts, I have nothing.

All the gifts come from the Giver. The one who loves.

So, I struggle to receive His gifts well, even when I acknowledge that all I have comes from Him, the Giver of Life. In my imperfection, I stumble through the receiving, the gratitude. I don’t know how to say, “thank you, I am grateful.”

I seek His face and let His love embrace me; I stand in a posture to simply receive and to give thanks. And then, in those moments, He transforms me.  He is present, as always.  But I see Him and feel Him in everything.  And, I know that I am dependent on Him for it all.

His love and compassion envelop me. I understand what it means to truly love and be loved. And, I am fully, completely, grateful.

I know Peace.

Join me in receiving God’s gifts well, along with the Gratitude Community.

May 24, 2010

88. For every breath

89. For knowing love

90. For knowing I am the object of that love

91. For knowing and trusting that my husband is the object of Your love

92.  For Your word

93. For knees that are able to drop to the floor

94. For aches and pains that remind me that I am alive

95. For spring rain

96. For the green and colors that follow

99. For the sun breaks that give hope of new life

100. For gentleness

101. For peace


Posted on May 24, 2010, in Christianity, Faith, God, Hope, Joy, love and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. With open hearts we are prepared to receive Gods gifts, but with closed hearts? Well, when my heart’s closed I an insensitive to His gifts–and find myself unhappy. I can recall a time of my life when I was such. But God worked thru my life to make me smile at His presence and His work in and around me. Since then my life has been richer & more vibrant.

  2. Mary – Yes, you say it well . . . “with hearts open.” A posture of receiving Christ. Thanks for completing this thought so well. — Godspeed, Elizabeth

  3. for deeping friendships
    for being able to read
    for anticipation
    for a hot cup of tea
    for getting to sleep in
    for my daughter wanting to talk to me
    for good teachers
    for technology (sometimes!)
    for my country
    for planting flowers

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