Running Over

Luke 6: 38:  "Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

We wanted to give a gift beyond hospitality to our missionary guests this week.  My husband wrote out a check.  Then I thought, "Maybe they'd like cash since they are Canadians traveling in the U.S."  So we went to the bank and got some $20's and voided the check.

At first I thought the amount my husband had designated was a little too generous (given our recent financial cutbacks).  I was tempted to retain a couple of the bills when I tucked them into the card, but I refrained.

That VERY afternoon, after playing the keyboard for a funeral (my first at this particular church), the pastor apologized that the payment was not in hand.  I had not expected payment!  She said she'd deliver it the next day (Thursday). 

Yesterday she knocked on my front door and delivered a card from the family.  I opened it and found one bill, the exact amount of the gift we had given our friends!  Later in the day, my husband and I were discussing it.  He said the amount was unusually generous.  (He is a pastor, and sometimes does not receive this amount for his services at a funeral!)  Also, the payment is often made by check.  This one was cash.

Glory to God! The message couldn't have been plainer or more personal!  "Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

Oh for grace to trust Him more!

15 comments:

  1. Similar things have happened to us over
    the years. You simply can not out give
    our wonderful God!!

    God's Grace,
    Sandy

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  2. aw Rebecca, thank you for sharing this. I know how blessed you were...and not just because you received that money. "...My God will meet all your need according to his glorious rcihes in Christ Jesus" Phil4:19
    Praise to our faithful Jehovah Jireh!

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  3. That's right, Jacque. Not just because of the money, but because God WILL take care of us!

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  4. Rebecca:
    I'm smiling sitting here... not only does He care for our needs, but often it's right to the penny. I am reminded of oh so many of those stories in our home growing up.

    This was a beautiful lesson here for each of us... He owns the cattle on 1000 hills!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs!

    Sonja

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  5. Amen! If only all of us could learn this lesson.
    ~Donna~

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  6. This is a story that has repeated itself over and over again in my life... my opening up of hands and heart, God returning the favor! Even when I'm tight-fisted, God still gives from his heart. He can't help himself. How do I love him!

    peace~elaine

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  7. This is just a WOW message sent directly to you from God. Some people would say coincidence...not me. God wanted to "show you something". Like you just said, "Not just because of the money, but because God WILL take care of us!" He will and He does take care of us...even when we take the credit. Enjoy this day!

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  8. Somehow I think I dropped a second message from Elaine. I sure wish I would have read it before trying to publish it :( I seem to be having some comment publishing issues right now.

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  9. Oh Rebecca you couldn't have made up a better story! It is true, I love the way God works!
    Love Di ♥

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  10. Rebecca I have had this happen so many times in my life, everytime I give I have received.
    God is good.........:-) Hugs

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  11. We can't outgive the Lord. Thank you for sharing this message...
    Love,
    Jackie

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  12. What a totally wonderful story, Rebecca!! Thank you! Rejoicing with you!! And I'm just grinning!! Love you, Janine XO

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  13. OH! Rebecca, What a wonderful story of obedience, and following God's Word. I so enjoyed reading this. Love the picture too.
    Praying for a safe trip to your grandson's baptismal.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  14. Reminds me that you can not out give God. It brought happy tears to me :)

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