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What Is in Your Hand?

The widow of Zarephath had enough flour and oil to make Elijah one last loaf. ( I Kings 17)
The Samaritan woman had only a vessel of water. (John 4)
The boy had two fish and five loaves. (John 6)
David had a slingshot and a stone. (I Samuel 17)
The woman had one pound of perfume, that she broke and washed Jesus’s feet. (John 12)
So many different things…yet they all did the same thing with them.
They gave them to God.
That made all the difference in how the story ended.
Why?
When you give your things to God, He multiplies them.

The widow of Zarephath made the cake for Elisha, and God gave her bread until the famine was over.
The Samaritan woman gave Jesus a drink, and God gave her living water that satisfied an entire town.
The boy with two fish and five loaves gave them to Jesus, and God fed five thousand.
David used his slingshot in God’s power, and saved his people from the Philistines.
The woman gave her small perfume, and God told the world what she'd done for Him.

What is in your hands?
Do you think you have nothing?
Your hands are full of wiping noses and dirty diapers…and you wonder how this can be worth it.
Your hands hold papers to be graded or filed…and you wonder if this is all there is.
Your hands wash dishes that will be dirty again…and you wonder why such routine.
Your hands fold laundry, and you wonder why keep up.
Your hands are full of zuccinni. And everyone can grow zuccinni.


What happens when you give your things to God?
He multiplies them.
You say, “No thanks. I don’t want any more dirty noses or diapers.” But then they grow up and you find you miss them.
You’d give anything for a stack of papers to grade, because that shows you have something to do, some meaning in life.
You have no dishes because you don’t have anyone to eat what you cook.
You have no laundry because it’s just you. And how dirty can you get?
You make something with that zuccinni that will help someone else.
Maybe your hands are empty of what once kept them busy. You can no longer do much with them. They are not useless, they can be clasped in prayer for those who need your intercessory prayers more than you know.

When you give your things to God, He gives them meaning.
You don’t see just the dirty noses and dirty diapers, you see the soul of the child you hold near your heart.
You don’t just see papers to be graded, you see the hearts of those children who must know truth.
You don’t see the dirty dishes, but you see the service of feeding the hungry for God.
You don’t notice the countless loads of laundry, you see the testimony of those who wear those clothes shine in a world who needs help.
You notice the quietness in your house, the quietness reminds you to bring your loved ones before your Father for His blessing.
When you give them to God, He gives meaning, not just for tomorrow, but for today.

What do you hold today?
Give it to God. And you will find even your dishes, laundry, and dirty diapers have meaning because you serve God.
And your service, though often hidden by man (and unnoticed by your husband), when done for Him is not forgotten nor unimportant.

What is in your hand?
Just what you need for today.


In keeping with what is in your hand, I asked my readers to share what they are doing.

Faith Herndon, our neighbor and fast becoming a good friend, has shared what she does. In addition to two small children who are very well trained (which you know takes constant care), she uses her hands to make useful things for babies and moms. I share them with you to encourage you to give what you have to God for His use and He will make it worthy.

Hello! My name is Faith Herndon and I have two children; my son, Gideon, is 3 and my daughter, Della, is 2. (Family pictures are sometimes hard to capture, as is evident by the old photo from my pregnancy with Della. All you moms understand, I’m sure.) My husband and I have been married for 6 years. We recently moved from the center of town to 5 acres in the foothills just outside of town so we could raise our children in a better environment that will be more conducive to raising them according to Biblical teachings. My mom taught me how to knit a few years ago and I’ve decided to put that teaching to use by making various accessories for not only my own children but others as well. It started out as the occasional baby shower gift and eventually turned into an etsy shop. While my main focus still remains on raising my children and taking care of the home I hope I can use this hobby I enjoy so much to help contribute to our family’s needs. You can check out my shop atwww.etsy.com/shop/longaftermidnight or on facebook at www.facebook.com/longaftermidnightca and stay tuned for some upcoming additions and giveaways!

 

 

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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  • Handmade item
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Handmade item
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For those woman who would like to share what services or products they create from their home, please include a family picture and tell a little about yourself, and give a link to your services. I cannot promise to include it, but if it meets my criteria, I will consider it. Thank you.
 

This is such a great article, will be saving it and sharing it to remind all of us that even our little can be much with God. Thanks so much Sonya, such a blessing today!

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