Boots are in. Clothes are always a hit, if they fit.
Jewelry is awesome, but most of us can’t afford what we really want to give him/her.
Technology? Something useful? (hint: never). What size? What color? What store? Geeeezz…….
What would be the perfect gift – meaningful, affordable, useful, appreciated and doable?
As I scoured websites and walked through retail stores aimlessly this year, I felt a strong impression that maybe God might have something to tell me on the matter. Maybe a hint, a tip or some specific direction from on high…
So, as I so often do, I went to Him last, after exhausting nearly every other option I could come up with on my own.
You know what He said?
“What she really needs this year is: tangible and unconditional love; deep and satisfying joy flowing out of a heart that is full of gladness; soul-satisfying peace in her heart, in her home and with her husband; 12 months of really trying to understand her heart, her feelings and her needs and a boatload of patience in the process; abundant grace and kindness from the one closest to her; a true sense of goodness in her life – the kind that keeps her smiling and provides her a constant feeling of “life is good”, “my marriage is in a good place”, and my God is so good to me”; the faithfulness of a man she can trust explicitly with her life and her heart; the gentleness and humility of a man who knows God and walks in step with Him; all of which culminate in a deep-seated sense that life is not out of control. In spite of the whirlwind pace of life all around her – she is content, she is at peace, she is loved and secure”.
I then asked the obvious question? Where can all of that be found? He responded with a smile on His face –
It’s not on Amazon or on sale at the mall. The gift is inside you and can be given every day – you just have to open it. The gift is “me”, He said. I am what she truly needs. Everything that she secretly, deeply yearns for – I am. And I live in you. You are my body, my means, my vessel. Through you I can meet her deepest needs, fill her soul with peace and her heart with abundant joy. You were never meant to meet these needs, but if you will allow me the opportunities, I will meet them through you. With your cooperation, your wife, my daughter, will have the best year ever this coming year.
That’s what He said to me. That’s what He is saying to you. Will we cooperate, or will we choose to turn away, reject His offer and settle for the “okay” marriage we live in today?
I told Him I am ALL IN. I want a wife who experiences Him and all He is – every day. If I can help facilitate that – then let’s get started. Christmas isn’t just a day – it’s a lifestyle. We can give His life away – every day.
Are you in?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19