31 Days: Abounding

abounding in riches for all who call on Him…

31 Days: One Word - Abounding

God is a God of excess.

  • He is abounding in riches for us.
  • He is abounding in lovingkindness.
  • He is abounding in compassion.
  • He is abounding in mercy.

This abounding means overflowing, having excess, great abundance. It reminds me of the loaves and the fishes stories. Each time Jesus started with a teeny bit and after blessing it there was more than enough for everyone to eat, even collecting baskets full afterward. Or the time when he sent Peter back out into the sea after a fruitless night of fishing. The boat filled so greatly with fish that it was beginning to sink.

God never does things half way.

When He chooses to bless His children, it is greatly, abundantly, overflowingly. His gifts are abounding. Does this help to give you a picture of the nature of His love that He lavishes on us?

One of my favorite movies is Enchanted April. Some women, each stuck in loneliness, share a castle in Italy for a month. One of the women (Lottie) tells her friend on their second day in the beauty of the castle that she used to be a “mean dog”. She was stingy with her love. She never gave her husband any more than he gave her; she counted it out and measured it so she would only give as much as she got. And then, after 1 day there in paradise, she got well and could never go back to that way again.

God shows us that love is not like Lottie used to be. He is never stingy with His gifts to us. He is lavish and excessive. And in the movie, Lottie’s new found freedom became contagious to the others. They all began to respond in kind. Could it be God’s desire that WE ‘catch’ His love and share it around with that same abounding excess? I want His overflowing abounding giving to live out in my life. I want to be well, too!

All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
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31 Days: Presence

31 Days: One Word - Presence

…In Your presence is fullness of joy… When you spend time with God do you just stop and bask in His presence? No petitions, no supplications, no intercession, just sitting at His feet? I think of Mary and Martha. Many times we live our lives as spiritual versions of Martha. We have our lists to . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Refresh

31 Days: One Word - Refresh

refresh my heart in Christ. I have been going through a period of exhaustion. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe you aren’t sleeping well (insomnia rears its ugly head at various times in our lives) or you have been on the go more than is a good healthy margin for you? Maybe you are . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Overflow

31 Days: One Word - Overflow

For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. Today’s mediation is a bit different as I’m not focusing on a character quality of God but on how our character is revealed in our speech. The message at church this morning was a challenge to examine what comes out of our mouths. We see . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Wordle

31 Days: One Word - Wordle

Here are the verses from my One Word posts so far this month. All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB. . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Re-creator

31 Days: Re-creator

But God…even when we were dead… made us alive together with Christ… We’ve already looked at God as our Creator, but I’ve been reading in Ephesians how, in Christ, He is our RE-creator. We were dead in our sins. We were spiritually lifeless, far from God, destined for destruction. Oh, but I was in tears . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Redeemer

31 Days: One Word - Redeemer

…I know that my Redeemer lives… In the Old Testament, the word redeemer is often the word that means to buy back or to pay a debt, as in kinsman redeemer (Boaz was one). This is someone who is willing to sacrifice in order to purchase (buy back) all that belongs to a relative, to . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: MIghty

31 Days: One Word - Mighty

…the LORD on high is mighty. When I was a little girl, there was a cartoon called Mighty Mouse. He was so big and strong with his burly chest and cape and he righted wrongs. Today we see the superheroes of the comic books coming alive in movies with their super powers, their mighty strength . . . →Read More:

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31 Days: Just

31 Days: One Word - Just

…for all His ways are just… In our world of wanting everything to be fair (and, by that we mean equal) we have often lost sight of justice. Webster’s defines it as: 1) : acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or good : righteous <a just war> 2) : . . . →Read More:

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