On The Receiving Side of Giving


The days of celebrating Jesus’ birth is a time when many of us intentionally look for creative ways to give back. Ideas multiply around the internet as we all yearn to teach our children it is better to give than receive. Unwrapkindness, Light Em Up and the Compassion gift catalog are just a few exceptional resources you can find to give back during this holiday season.

But, if you are anything like me, time slips away, money is spent a little too fast, and the holiday season is gone, along with our good intentions of blessings others in need.

It takes just one early morning spent with the Lord to press on me the need, not just the desire, to give, bless and, through those acts of service, show the love of Christ to someone in need.

Because it was not that long ago that we were on the receiving side of giving.

Our lives looked a whole lot different then, with just one baby boy at my feet and a whole lot less money in our bank account; when this ministry to the military was a far off dream and our home swarmed with termites twice a year. We lived counting pennies and praying, dragging ourselves out of bed because our boy would not sleep.

It was in those moments that we saw God’s hand on our lives in high definition.

An infection in that little boys body, a prescription costing $98 which we did not have, and a one hundred dollar bill in an unmarked envelope in our mailbox later that day.

God in high def!!!!

And then there was this……our son’s first Christmas.

We were busy attempting to follow God’s call on our lives. My husband was in the midst of a four year seminary degree, I was at home with our newborn, all while living off of the meager paycheck from my husband’s telemarketing job.

We were more than broke.

And then the phone rang. It was our church informing us that they were going to provide “Christmas” for our little family. Their generosity knew no limits as they showered us with gifts for our son, gift cards for us to buy for each other, grocery gift cards to make Christmas dinner, and even a gas gift card.

We saw God in high def!!!

We saw Him use others to remind us of His constant provision.

We saw Him use others to encourage us on the path He set before us.

We saw Him use others to physically bless us.

We saw Him use others to show us the love of Christ in physical form.

So I encourage you to ask the Lord to show you a real need in your community and act on it. Because, I can assure you, the person on the receiving end of giving will see God in high definition through your act of kindness.


Hebrews 13:2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.


5 thoughts on “On The Receiving Side of Giving

  1. I am not sure why but this has me all teary-eyed. It’s beautiful and such an example of God’s love for us and how He provides. And it speaks loudly to me on this desire in my heart to give more. Not just money, but myself. I want to live a more others-centered life . . . desperately. It’s like God is pulling me in every possible way to get out of my comfy world and take leaps of faith. I love your heart, Lori. I love how God used others to provide for your family when needed. Much love to you. xoxo

    • Beth, I am right with you in my desire to give more. I tend to focus on giving only in a monetary sense, but the Lord has been showing me that we have so much more to give than money…..time, words, attention, etc. I am so grateful for you and to walk this journey together, sharing how the Lord is changing and inspiring us!!!

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