Monday, September 20, 2010

Giving to Refresh

Spring in Australia is a wonderful time. It’s a time to open up the house, give it a good clean and let the air flow. New warmth fills our lives, the clutter disappears and everything seems… happier.

Much the same happens when we give of ourselves. When we throw open the doors to ourselves, when we give with a generous heart, then we allow room for our Lord to not only refresh our minds and souls, but to give us even more blessings.

However, when we hold onto things, they begin to stagnate. We begin to gather dust and cobwebs. We then wonder why we find it so difficult to refresh or refill – there’s no room left!

So, give to others freely. Give to others generously. Give them your time, your patience, your kindness, your prayers, even your financial and material possessions if necessary. The rewards are great.


Note: For some time now I've struggled to maintain two blogs. I started my writing blog because I wish to pursue a career as a novelist. This career is taking up a lot of time but I don't wish to quit this blog since writing about faith is also a passion. Therefore, I came to the difficult decision to reduce the number of posts here to once a week so I can avoid burnout.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't burn out! Let us know if you decide to combine the blogs.

And the more we give, the more we have the capacity to give.

Sandy said...

While I am sorry to hear that
you've decided to post only once
a week, I do understand. Now
your encouraging words will be
looked forward to even more.

Just Be Real said...

Always look forward to your comments once a week, daily. Whatever you feel dear. Blessings.

Stuff could always be worse said...

Love spring also...Yes do understand the burnout. Just do what you feel and it will work out!

Lynda Young said...

Alex, oh, I hadn't thought of joining the two blogs. I'm not sure it would work though. Many who are interested in my posts here aren't so intersted in my writing posts on the other blog and vice versa. It's soemthing to think about though.

Lynda Young said...

Sandy, thank you so much. That means so much to me.

JBR, hugs

Kim, thanks.

Sharon Kirby said...

It's so interesting that spring is arriving for you, when we are making our way into autumn on this side of the world!

What a wonderful post about generosity...and how true your words are. We must open up the doors of our lives and hearts - and invite others in. God sees and honors a generous heart.

Best of luck with your writing - I'll look forward to your words on this blog whenever you get a chance!


Amanda said...

I do love the refreshing rain I get when I visit your blog Lynda, but you must do what you must do. We need to keep priorities or we will burn out.

I enjoyed this post too... it is so true.

ps. I had your blog button on my blog reading list, but it doesn't seem to be working at the moment. Just so you know in case there is an error in the code.

sarah said...

good post as always. Your posts are always so positive and helpful. I understand about reducing the posting times. I've had to do that too. Happy writing

Lynda Young said...

Sharon, the world is so small and yet so large...but God brings us all together :) Thanks for your encouraging words.

Amanda, thanks so much! I tested the button and it seems to be working now. I think it might have been a temporary glitch. Thanks for letting me know though..and thanks for using the button too!

Sarah, thanks :)

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

OH, dear!
I will miss you here, but I can understand burn-out!
It's so strange to read that you are having Spring, when our first day of Fall is tomorrow here in North America ;)
My first Fall post involves letting others in. Sort of.
Hugs to you!
And Happy Spring!!

Lynda Young said...

Leslie, I'll still be around, just not as much. Hugs to you too :)

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i know that since you will only post once a week, it will be even more powerful! love to you my friend.

Lynda Young said...

Beth, hmm, I'm not so sure of that. We'll see.

Carol Riggs said...

Yes, one blog is time-consuming enough. I only post once weekly on my writing blog, and that's enough. Otherwise, I don't have time to write on my novels! Giving generously has to have limits sometimes, though I agree, it is rewarding and brings blessings. Happy Spring down under!

Deborah Ann said...

I love this:

"Throw open the door to ourselves"

Amen to that!

I'm only blogging once or twice monthly now too. So much to do, so little time!

God's riches blessings on you and your family...

Lynda Young said...

Carol, writing novels in itself is so time consuming and so we really need to prioritise our time. Thanks for the spring blessings! :)

Deborah, yes much to do and so little time! Rich blessings to you and yours also :)

David C Brown said...

We have such a perfect example of giving in Christ!

Lynda Young said...

David, that's so true. Christ gave us every good thing we have.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you for your beautifully encouraging post, Lyn! I'm glad you aren't going to quit this blog. Faith is an important thing to share.

Lynda Young said...

Thanks Connie. I feel that way too.