Thursday, October 27, 2011

Giving What He Has Given

The land is ready and waiting. Soon the heavy equipment will arrive - to drill for water, to lay the foundation, to build the framework for our new home.

We have pored over plans, spent hours deciding on colors and cabinets and faucets and lights and all the myriad things that go into making a house a home - for us at least.

The email arrived in my inbox the other day - the answer to whether or not we could give an extra gift to the boy who has become part of our family, the boy whom we have never seen in person but who has taken up residence in our hearts. World Vision must be very cautious about this matter of giving, especially in countries where the poverty is so devastating. It would make things difficult if one family seemed to be getting so much more than others. So they carefully, wisely, make these heartbreaking decisions.

"...we learned that due to the fact that the family lives in one room - house,
what is more immediate and necessary for them are the interior doors of
their unfinished house...In this case we think that
the entire GN would go to the family needs."

I thought my heart would break. We know that they have been working on this tiny home for years. I had imagined something just a bit more.

"One room; no interior doors."

I am bowed low with the weight of all we have been given. We have always had doors.

We have always had rooms. We are blessed with such abundance.

I am grateful - for all we have been given and for all that we might give.

My most recent memory verse is this:

"But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to You? Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us."
I Chron. 29:14

Everything I have comes from His hands - everything. My only resources are those things that have been given to me by a Father who loves me with an unending love. Help me, Father, to give back what You have so graciously given to me. All I have is Yours; let all I am be You in me.

Linking to Emily's imperfect prose.



  1. It is heartbreaking to see how some people have to live, and we wonder, Why? And then we see how God is trying to be pushed out of our country's affairs, and we wonder, How long, O Lord, will you spare us? It is only be His loving mercy we have so much.

    Your land is a beautiful place to build.

  2. it still seems unfair.
    bless your heart.

  3. one room.
    like the cabins of the old west.

    i believe it to be true
    as well
    that all that passes
    through our hands
    does not belong to us.

    but, i have not yet
    lived the way that i

  4. What a beautiful place for your new house, which will be a beautiful home. I can't wait to see the progress as it happens.

    What a big heart you have - what country is your little boy from? I trust they will get a door!

  5. your the make a difference in their lives....

  6. As He blesses you, He enables you to bless others such as this boy's family.

  7. oh my goodness. oh linda. thank you for reminding me everything i have is gift... and not to take my rooms for granted. my doors... oh, my heart breaks, and how i wish to give that boy more. i love your heart linda. (and thank you friend, for writing me. i am praying God guides you re: blogging... you have such a gift. i hope you know this. but only continue if it's something you enjoy... love you.)

  8. Hi Linda,
    Good thoughts here,
    Yes Everything we have has come from Him. Yes, let us not with hold it for our own selfish end. what a good decision you have taken, let us share our blessings with others who do not have,
    Keep up the good work
    May God continue to bless and keep your safe
    From India