A Gift

Nancy at Christmas

Do I have delight when He gives me a gift?



I gave a gift once.

She took it and returned it “so I could give it to someone else” since she could not use it.  Could not use it!! My heart was slightly stunned. I made like it was okay. I was not.

I had spent lots of time searching the markets for  the perfect gift.  I thought I had found it!  I packed it carefully for the trip home from across the sea. She gave it back, saying she had no use for it.

Now this is what I think about getting gifts and giving them. No one should never ever do this. In fact I still think the whole re-gifting is selfish and miserly.  Just the opposite of what I think a gift should be.  Given for the other person because you want to and care about them!

She returned it.

I wonder about the life lesson for me here.  A lesson in grace?    Forgiveness?   A lesson in how to receive.  In courtesy??? Really?

Today though, as I think about the giving and receiving of gifts, I wonder.


Sweet Pea helping her uncle open a present

Do I have delight when He gives me a gift? 



Lots of lessons as part of refining character and for the pursuit of godliness and holiness to be learned here.

I love Christmas morning gift giving. I love when someone is totally delighted with their gift! I especially love it if the gift is from me!  I love watching my little Sweet Pea open and help open presents. Does she like it?  Did I do good? Gosh, I sound like a kindergartener.  The joy of watching happiness.

Maybe I would be better off adopting the practice of my East Asia friends. Never open a gift in the presence of the giver so as not to cause that person to lose “face”. That means be disappointed or embarrassed at the littleness or the largeness. Sounds good to me.

I love  giving gifts. I getting gifts. I often ignore gifts given to me by the greatest gift giver of all! Ever! God.

Sure I have thanked Him often for the gift of salvation, the gift of knowing heaven is waiting. for me.  And every day there are many gifts.  How do I receive them?

Do I have delight when He gives me a gift? 



No, I don’t. Often, I don’t even realize a gift has been given.  Do you think He is like a kindergartener giving a gift?  Do I receive   His gifts in such a way that must make Him sad.

Once I receive a gift that I recognize as a gift what do I do with it?  Put it up not used, not enjoyed. Set aside because it doesn’t go with anything I own.  Worse yet, ignore it.

Working on being a good gift receiver….

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.  Ps 35:9



a good result for my husband’s latest health test

geranium so full of blooms its stems weigh heavy

Boomer the Bassett who wants in on every hug given around here

the light shining through the curves of my mom’s blue bud vase

bright-colored ribbons for wrapping gifts

friends who share the same desire and passions I do

whispers of the coming autumn

promises of I will never leave you or forsake you in the face of uncertainty in the coming days

illness of undetermined nature


fuchsia ballet flats that go with everything



blessings, linda


I am joing others at http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/08/best-bucket-list/

About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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2 Responses to A Gift

  1. Cynthia Swenson says:

    It’s a blessing to read here today! I’m praying to be more consistently grateful to God. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  2. omega57 says:

    So glad it was a blessing! Hope your day is one full of thanks!

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