The Pretty Little Gift Box

 

??????????????????????????????????????????The following was taken from A Seed of Hope by Evangeline Brown Colbert.  I found it encouraging and I hope you do too!

“When someone gives you a gift, do you leave it in their hands or do you take hold of it and pull it towards you?  Most of us grab it and receive it with a big smile on our face and delight in our eyes!  When you take possession of a gift, it becomes yours.  You have become the owner of it.  You can use it however you would like.  You also have the option to put it in a corner or on a shelf and never receive any benefit from being the new owner of it.

Long ago, I realized that the healing of my body was like a gift and I had not taken possession of it.  So I purchased a pretty little gift box and set it on my dresser where I would see it everyday.  It was a visual and tactile reminder that I needed to take possession of what Jesus purchased for me–my abundant life.  So every time I would see it or pick it up, I was reminded to say, “Thank you God, I receive my healing.  I receive the life you purchased for me.”

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. ~John 10:10

I believe saying “thank you” is an important part of receiving because not only are you being polite, you are also telling the giver that you are grateful for what they have taken the time and sacrifice to provide or do for you.  In my case, I was telling God that I was grateful for His love and for the healing He had already provided for me through the body of Jesus.  I chose to have an “attitude of gratitude” even when I was still experiencing infertility.  I chose to thank God for His goodness, for His dynamic healing power working in me, and for His unconditional love.

…He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.  ~ Matthew 8:17

By saying “thank you”, you are not only reminding yourself that you have received the gift and taken ownership of it, but as you say “thank you” over and over with genuineness, you begin to build up your confidence and faith in God.” ~ A Seed of Hope by Evangeline Brown Colbert

Thank you god

I encourage you to go grab a pretty little gift box and thank God for your abundant life.  Thank Him now for your physical or emotional healing, financial breakthrough, or infertility.   Whatever it is you need, thank Him.  It will not only remind yourself of what is already yours, but it will also build up your confidence and faith in God.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Not to mention, it will keep you focused on Him and His solution to the problem.  Make the choice today to keep your eyes on God, the Giver of good gifts by giving Him thanks, right where you are.

Poppa God, I come to you today giving you thanks and praise for Your faithfulness in my life.  Thank you that as I choose to receive Your Word, it works to give me abundant life and it strengthens my soul.  Help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.  ~ A Seed of Hope Devotional by Evangeline Brown Colbert

It’s time for me to go find a pretty little gift box…how about you?

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A Seed of Hope

Pssst!  Did you enjoy this nugget of encouragement today?  Would you like your own copy so that you can continue to grow in your faith?  Well, get excited! I have extras copies! WHOO HOO! 🙂  Email me your address and I’ll get it pony expressed to you right away.  Free of charge!  Don’t be shy!  It is my gift to you!  XOXO  (Although a little extra cash would be lovely, I am no way being paid to endorse this product. I just love it and want to share!)

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32 thoughts on “The Pretty Little Gift Box

    • Yes we do. I was so thankful for this devotional today because there are days and sometimes weeks where I forget to see with my eyes of faith and fail to thank Him for the “unseen”. I must always be thankful.

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  1. Such a lovely idea, thank you. I think a visual reminder could really help… and who doesn’t love picking out a pretty little gift box?!

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  2. What a wonderful post! It’s time we received our gifts from God. He has so much waiting for us peace, hope and love – yet sometimes I feel as if I am just looking at presents I can’t open under the Christmas tree. This is a great reminder to receive the gifts he has given. To say thank you and to remember that we have them. Thanks for sharing this! XO

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    • no problemo! I am thinking about going and finding a pretty little box and writing all of the gifts I know He has for me, but for some reason I haven’t fully taken possession of them on the box. I need visual reminders sometimes.

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  3. I found your blog yesterday and have been so encouraged by it already! I would love a copy if you still have extras!
    Your post a couple of days ago spoke to my soul by the way, I was unable to comment at the time but I did want to let you know, It was no accident that I stumbled on to it, it was exactly what I needed to read that day!

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    • oh I am so glad! Praise God that He was able to use me to speak to you. Yes I have a copy for you! Email me at 10hopeingod@gmail.com with your addy (I PROMISE to not creep on you, stalk you, tp your house, throw eggs at your car, peek in your window, or send you nasty gag gifts. hehe) bahaha!

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  4. 1) Love this!
    2) Love that book! Ps, have I said THANK YOU? 😉
    3) I am going to pull out a pretty box, or go buy one and fill it with words and situations that I am so thankful, and even fill it with the circumstances I am still asking for help with being thankful for!

    What an awesome tangible idea! Thank you Jesus for being such a beautiful giver.

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    • I know right?! I loved the idea. I am always thankful but I know that some days I forget and this will be a good reminder. I’m going to keep it in my kitchen where I see it CONSTANTLY. I’m so glad you like the book! It’s a fav of mine…along with Jesus Calling.

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    • thank ya mam. I am on a hunt for a pretty box 🙂 I’m planning on writing on the outside things like “healing” “babies” “forgiveness” “peace” “joy”, etc. There are just some days I just forget and this will be an excellent reminder.

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  5. I have had a pretty little box by my bedside for two years now. It’s called a dream box and it contains a prayer which, if you fervently believe in it, will come true. Of course you know what my prayer and my dream are!
    But as I read your post today I wonder, perhaps instead of treating it as a yet-to-be-fulfilled wish, I should look at it as a symbol of thanks to God for giving me this dream in the first place. For, if he gave me this strong of a dream, he will also provide me with the path to make it come true, won’t he?!!

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    • God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? ~Numbers 23:19

      That verse is for you my dear. Your dream has already been birthed to you from God…see that this gift is already yours with your eyes of faith, and soon, I believe you will see it with your natural eyes as well. Mark 11:24 says, :Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”…notice it says that we must believe we have already received it, and then it will be ours. Not believe you might receive it…or believe that it’s a possibility…but believe that you have received. Every time you look at your “gift”, thank God that your miracle is on it’s way. xoxox

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  7. Elisha, you are now officially my marketing guru! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this excerpt of my book. I’m honored that you find it so helpful and encouraging that you give copies away to those who need it. You are sowing good seed and I know your harvest will be abundant!

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