This past week I’ve been rereading Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount. Each time I read it, I have to stop in my tracks. As I processed this, the Holy Spirit faithfully put a flashlight to my heart and my ways. More spring cleaning was done, of the heart kind.
As far as the Beatitudes go, I wrote in my journal, Goals! I do want to be blessed living in His way. And I slowly processed the first three, “Blessed are…”
The poor in spirit- depleting myself of me, hijole! How is it that “me” always crowds up my heart space?
Those that mourn-realizing again how weighed down I get with stubbornness and pride. How this sin destroys me and those around me.
The meek-they quietly submit to God. When she understands his will and when she doesn’t, she submits quietly. I’m not that person yet, but I do want to be. I question when I don’t understand, I want to pout when I don’t want to accept something outside of my will. A meek person is not easily provoked or quick to defend themselves. Meek people exercise self control, even when they show their displeasure at sin, they are not rude about it. A meek person will forgive personal offenses, more than once.
Lots of processing, lots of spring cleaning and decluttering happened that morning. I kept reading. Again I was floored, how was it that I did not truly pay attention to this scripture?
Matthew 5: 42 Give to the one who asks you and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
“Give to the one who asks you” Give what? Jesus wasn’t necessarily talking about money. Give money, time, love, respect, the gospel, water, food, friendship…Hijole! The list is long. Luego, who am I supposed to give to? “To him that asks of thee” I considered all the things that I was asked for the day before:
- My DIL asked if she could throw a party for Emery, she was ready for a date
- My grandson Jeremiah asked me for water.
- The panhandler asked for money
- One of the young ladies at church asked if we could pray together
- My Flaco asked for lunch.
- Thomas asked for an envelope.
- My sis asked for help with putting together her recipe
- A new believer asked for advice on how to share Gods love
- Several friends asked for prayer
- My son and niece asked for prayer
- Another grandson, Judah asked for some of my pretzels.
- My husband needed my help in moving something.
Luego, I remembered all the things I asked for that same day,
- I asked God for a long list of personal needs
- I asked my young friend for use of her creative ability.
- I asked my husband for grocery money.
- I asked my husband again for help with cleaning my backroom.
- I asked my husband yet again for help with posting on Offerup to sell some items.
- I asked my daughter for help on my blogs
- I asked to be served at Vallartas Mexican Food restaurant.
- I asked the ladies in our prayer group to help me pray.
To anyone who asks young, old, stranger, neighbor, family and those that I don’t want to give to! If Jesus is telling us to give, then he expects us to be prepared to do so. Deuteronomy 15:8 says you shall open your hand wide and willingly lend him sufficient for his need.
I have never really thought of how much I ask for and how much is as asked of me in just one day. Giving makes the world go round. God gave his only begotten son for us. Jesus gave his will and life for us to live abundant lives, y mil gracias a Dios. He assures us “Give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38 ESV) I am glad for the Word God gives us, it really does keep you on his narrow path. I encourage you to ready that famous sermon again y que Dios los bendiga, with all his giving to you.