LFL 11 - Dividends of Love
Luke 6:38 King James Version (KJV)
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
The last seven days have been the hardest for me. I had literally been the sickest I've ever been in my life. It was hard for me. Past the pain and the discomfort it left me extremely vulnerable. Being a single mom, who is extremely independent who seems to always bounce back from "whatever" quickly, yet finding myself at the mercy of the children I've raised or others I serve was different. What I found in this uncomfortable state were the dividends of the love I've given to others.
Everyday my children came home and tended to me. Even though most days I could not eat, they made themselves available to bring me whatever my heart desired. They stood at my door and spoke life over me. They told jokes through the door. They said things to encourage me like: "You're strong!". "You're going to make it!" ... "God's got you...." ....."You will come back from this and I love you!" and when others asked how I was they reported by faith... "She's doing good!... she's getting better." They anointed themselves and me, laid hands and prayed faith prayers of healing.
You may be thinking either..."how sweet"....."or they better had taken care of her (LOL)...... But it doesn't end there. I arrived at work yesterday, initially feeling like I had made a really bad choice to go in; as I was nowhere near my best; but knew that about 50 others would love to still get paid on time. There I am walking through the office as everyone present stared at me. Most saying how awful I looked, sounded, etc. Yet, one co-worker, an older gentleman said.... "Oh no.... she's going to make it! She's actually just fine. Because she's strong.....He went on to remind me that God had me and that he was praying for me and gonna speak positive things over me. He then came into my office and stood near me...extended his arm and touched my shoulder...he looked at me for reassurance he was doing "it" correctly then he leaned in a little and said I will hold you like this until you feel better and proceeded to nod his head, quickly muttered something, smiled and walked away I didn't realize it until later but he was "laying hands" on me. (Yep I was that sick, I was oblivious...)
I've said this numerous times, but the "it" in this scripture can be anything. For me, "it" was love. I love, love. I love to love people and be good to them. It brings me joy to serve others. The love I paid forward, and all the times I thought I was secretly laying hands on others and praying in spirit all came back to me in a time I never expected to experience; a time when I needed it the most. This morning I'm grateful for the dividends of love.
I want to remind you today to love; genuinely and liberally. No matter what the situation; give love. It will bring you Joy as you give it and heal your heart as you receive it's dividends.
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