Mar 10, 2010

Gifts that blessed me

I love giving gifts. Doesn't matter big or small or how much it costs, a gift is a gift is a gift...Here are few that truly blessed me...

Once I had found this beatutiful cookie jar with an apple knob and thought it would be an appropriate gift for our Pastor's family of four kids. I also wanted one for us but could buy only one. We filled it with butter cookies, had the Pastor over for lunch few days before Chirstmas and gave it them. They were surprised at the gift and said the cookie jar they used for many years just broke the previous day and they were so blessed to get a brand new one the very next day - filled with their favorite kind of cookies!

I shared this with a friend of mine who was so touched that she also decided to bless her Pastor's family with a cookie jar for that Christmas - to her surprise and to my delight that Pastor's cookie jar also had just broken and the kids were so happy to receive one within days!! Such a coincidence!

Few days later my manager walks in to my office and hands me a beautiful cookie jar filled with yummy cookies!!! - I was overjoyed this time as my wish for a cookie jar was also answered the very same Christmas... Isn't that a divine intervention?!

Some other time I had made a meat dish and took some to church a wednesday evening to share with a random person. Whoever received it had no idea what it was or why I gave it but the following sunday she told me with tears that she was on Daniel's fasting (no meat) for 21 days and it was her last day of fast and she wanted to have meat for dinner but didn't have it. She was asking God that afternoon "Where is my meat Lord?" and that very same evening she got what she asked for... Isn't that amazing?!

Months later one Sunday morning as we were leaving for church, I felt the urge to pack some fruits. So I got little bit of every fruit we had that day and dropped it in someone's bag - wanted to give it in her hand but she was busy talking to someone - When the service was over she came to me and said, "Was that you who dropped some fruits in my bag? I am fasting these days and only fruits I eat and was running short and God used you to bless me" I got goose bumps this time...

Once I had got some salt/pepper sets for friends at church and as I was wrapping them and writing the names I was praying that it be a blessing to each one of them. We were new at the church and didn't know them much. One lady thanked me with a note that said, "How did you know I collect cardinals?" as she had received a cardinal set. I said, "I don't, but God knows!"

Couple of years ago I received a letter from a friend of mine in India. She wrote that she was very tight for money and needed Rs.200 immediately and was praying to get some saree blouse orders but none came. She didn't know what to do whom to ask and that afternoon she received my letter with an unexpected check and she was in tears seeing how she asked for a little but was blessed ten folds...

Giving is such a blessing... It's a humbling experience!

3 comments:

A said...

NRIGirl, this is amazing set of incidents that you captured. God's existance is everywhere - even with small gifts or big incidents.

I think you also have intution...another God's gift that very few people have.

Anonymous said...

Your experiences brought tears to my eyes....Next time I pack some gift for someone I will do it with prayers for them...It never crossed my heart to pray for that person when i carefully pack those gifts...More than my gift it is the prayer which will help them...Thank you Queenie...

NRIGirl said...

Thank you A Real Blogger and Anonymous Friend (I think I can guess you ...)

~ NRIGirl

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