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I have always dreamed of having one of those lawns seen in commercials for lawn care products.  Wishing for such, never brought forth the dream.

Last fall, after our horrific drought, I fertilized my yard, twice; over-seeded my yard twice; and doubled my water bill watering the yard without ceasing.  In March, while winter still had her grip on us, I fertilized again, laying down some extra, just in case.  Then came April’s showers, at twice the normal rate.

With all this doubling of nutrients and liquid, I was disappointed when I mowed my yard for the first time last week.  The grass was not particularly green, much-less thick and tall.  My dream was unfulfilled.

After a week of warm sunshine … well you know the story … the grass was thick and lush.

I remember being at the hardware store last fall, wondering if an investment in fertilizer would pay-off.  It did.

I know thousands of Christians who long for a deeper sense of God’s presence with them, yet they never invest in spending time with Him.  They languish day by day, limping instead of running, falling instead of flying.

They invest heavily in the world and sparsely in God.  Instead of being carried by the grace of God, they bear the burdens of the world.

They reap what they have sown.

“The Lord God will supply and multiply your seed for sowing 

and He will increase your harvest.”

2 Corinthians 9:10

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Come to me with empty hands and an open heart, 

ready to receive abundant blessings. (1)

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I have a hard time receiving gifts because either my pride or my expectations are too high.

I do not believe I am alone.

A friend wanted to say thank you to me earlier this week with a simple gift.

In gratefulness, I should have accepted it and say, “Thank you,” but I did not.  My pride was a hinderance.

In exasperation he told me to at least take it and give it away to someone in need.  It was only then when I accepted the gift.

He wanted to say thank you and I frustrated him with my pride.

Shame on me!

I wonder how often I have done this to God?

We expect God to bless us in specific ways. When He does not come bearing the gifts we expect, we act like He is a burden to us.

God has a specific gift for us.

The gift is Himself!

Unfortunately, we frequently reject the gift of Himself because we want a specific blessing rather than Him.

Jesus taught, 

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (2)

I wonder how many times has God come to me with a gift and I have rejected Him?

Sometimes, I am amazed God keeps blessing me.

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  1. Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 123). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
  2. Matthew 6:8

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