After I received the lovely email from my husband about the water heater being ready to burst, we decided to shut off the hot water for
the rest of the evening until the repairman could come out and fix it.
Anna and I decided to go to my parent's house which is about 40 minutes
away and eat dinner and take our baths for the evening.
The spicy smells of Italian cooking on the stove tickled my nose as we walked in to my parent's house. Anna Grace was excited that we
brought Toy Story 3 with us (which is a great movie it you haven't seen
it). A few minutes later, dinner was served and we sat down at the
table ready to say our thank you prayer to Jesus.
Anna Grace enthusiastically shouts out, "I'll do it." I smile because the majority of the time it is a struggle to get her to bow her head
for a quick prayer. We bow our head and wait. In her tiny two and a
half-year old voice I hear, "Dear Jesus, (there is a pregnant pause)
Please excuse me. Amen"
I try to hold it in but I can't. I let out the biggest laugh you have ever heard, followed by my mother who is trying not to choke on her
first bite of food, my dad, and then Anna Grace. Poor girl got confused
between what she says to Jesus during the blessing and what she says to
be politely excused from the table.
I know there have been times when I gave to man what belongs to Jesus. I get mixed up with my priorities and with what is important.
Sometimes I don't give Jesus enough of my time and give too much of my
time to things like work. My priorities get scewed...they get mixed
up-just like Anna Grace's prayer.
Today focus on what you offer to Jesus. You offer more than just what goes in a collection basket a church. Offer Jesus your time, your
money, your talents, and your life. Offer these things to Him first
before the world snatches them from you. The world takes and takes until
we are tired and weak and have nothing left to give, but Jesus will
multiply what we offer and use it to glorify His name and His love to
The little boy offered his meager lunch of two fish and five barley loaves of bread to Jesus. Jesus took his willing offering and multiplied
it to feed the multitude of 5,000 men plus women and children who had
come to hear him preach. Just as Jesus used and multiplied this little
boy's offering, so will Jesus use and multiply your offering to save the
Offer your best, your first to Jesus. He will do great things.
Jesus Feeds the Multitude
Matt. 14:13-21 13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus went
forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward
them, and he healed their sick. 15 And when it was evening, his
disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is
now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the
villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them,
They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17 And they say unto him, We
have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said, Bring them
hither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the
grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to
heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples,
and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat, and were
filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets
full. 21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside
women and children.