For what seemed like most of my adult life, I can't remember actually winning a single giveaway contest. But now, over the last two or three years, I've been overwhelmingly blessed with so many giveaways! I've won some amazing resources from Challies.com, Kregel Publications, and Koinonia Blog, and have received many more freebies as a blogger and frequent reader of sites like Considerablegrace.com -- and many others. Praise God that He has given the gift of such a giving heart to so many of His servants. I love, love, love to give to others. And receiving is turning out to be a great joy as well!
Just a small point about receiving. The willingness to receive good gifts can easily become an overlooked attribute of the Christian life. We should be taught to cultivate a heart that is receptive of the good gifts that the Lord provides - spiritually and physically - through the fellowship of the body. Oftentimes, I find that it takes a great deal of humility to ask others to help or to share or to give in order to help meet our own needs. But this is what the body of Christ is all about! I'm learning more and more not to go it alone and to always be my own provider. The Lord, by the power of His Holy Spirit, has been so faithful in teaching me and training me to trust in Him alone -- through the body of Christ.
Thank you, Jesus. -- And Zondervan, too.
1 My heart is not proud, O Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;...
3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.