Today I am welcoming a dear new friend, Mary Gemmill, to the blog. I met Mary through a Facebook group I belong to, Consilium, and she has been a huge prayer support to me in this season of my life. Make sure you head over to Mary’s Facebook page and get to know here a little better.
Last year I read Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming with my (in)courage group.
The lasting impression from this excellent book was that I want to spend the rest of my life living Intentionally. When I began seeking the Lord for what He wanted to do in my life this year, He immediately gave me the word INVEST. At first I thought He would teach me how to invest all my time, talents and money into Kingdom ventures that would yield fruit for eternity, However, He quickly turned this on its head and began showing me through the Gospel of John (which I am studying with She Reads Truth blog) that He invests in His people all that they need to be fruitful in His Kingdom.
This was a wonderful revelation. When I seek God for my One Word, I have learned that it’s not what I want to focus on for the year, but rather what God wants to focus on in my life for the year. He brought great joy to me from the work He did through the last year and continues to do, with the one word “Listen”. He taught me that I was to listen simultaneously to what a person was telling me and to what He was saying about the situation so that I could speak His words of encouragement into their situation. This took practice but became and remains a source of great delight to me and I believe to Jesus, also.
put (money) into financial schemes, shares, property, or a commercial venture with the expectation of achieving a profit.
“the company is to invest in its manufacturing site at Linlithglow”
|synonyms:||put money into, sink money into, lay out money on, plough money into|
provide or endow someone or something with (a particular quality or attribute).
“the passage of time has invested the words with an unintended humour”
|synonyms:||imbue, infuse, perfuse, charge, steep, saturate, suffuse, pervade, fill, endow|
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19–21)
John 1.14: like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
16-18 We all live off his generous bounty,
gift after gift after gift.
We got the basics from Moses,
and then this exuberant giving and receiving,
May I be like YOU, Lord,
Generous, giving often , wherever you direct.
My treasure is in Heaven, as is my heart,
so I seek not for any reward, but to dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.
As my life, so my strength shall be, rooted and grounded in Christ alone;
My source, my strength, my all.
Teach me how to give of myself, my talents, my possessions, my love, my time, whatever I have that is needed, with exuberance; receiving from You, and giving to You.
As we give to the least of these Your brethren, we do it unto You.
Change my heart Oh God, make it ever true.