Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

Giving & Keeping

Giving something away should not mean you get to keep it – right?

When I give a ride to a friend, the time and the gas are gone. When I pay a bill, the money is gone. So, what about this verse?

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I love this verse. It came to my mind tonight as I was studying the 4:8 Principle (a great book on how and why we should live out Philippians 4:8). Check out this quote:

“By giving more gratitude, you get to keep more joy.” Newberry

– it is worth repeating –

“By giving more gratitude, you get to keep more joy!”

– it was worth blogging about –

I’ve been answering the 4:8 questions for over 4 weeks now and I am experiencing much more joy. I didn’t realize I lacked joy before. I thought I was a positive person. Now I see that I have a greater capacity for joy.

As I have given my attention to what I am thankful for, what my blessings are, listing the people who love me, counting my strengths and how I will use them that day –  I have gained more joy.

One other verse that comes to mind is “a man reaps what he sows“, Galatians 6:7. The NLT rephrases it as “you will always harvest what you plant.”  (I grew up on a farm, so this one hits home with me.) I’ve been planting gratefulness each morning with the 4:8 questions and I am harvesting more Joy.

Where is your joy meter pegging?  If your joy was described as a car, would it be a Ford Focus or a Dodge truck with a hemi? That’s an upgrade that would cost you thousands of dollars. But in God’s economy, the Joy upgrade causes a few extra minutes and a slight change in focus. Give yourself the gift of gratefulness and enJOY your life today and even more tomorrow!

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.