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Don't you just love the look on a child's face when he or she opens a gift, and it is a wonderful surprise? The anticipation was building as the child looked at a colorful, maybe even shiny or sparkly box that was meant just for him or her. Ideas may race through the mind as to what it could be. The gift may be sized up, picked up to determine the weight of it, or shaken, but when there is no idea what it could be, the gift is opened and the facial expression usually reveals what is going on inside the heart and mind of the recipient. Eyes either look down in disappointment (but hopefully thankfulness!) or widen with happiness if the prize inside is something that is truly desired, even if it wasn't on the birthday or Christmas list.

Gifts can come in packages that are not entirely physical. It could be a compliment, a kind deed, transportation, doing some research for someone, stepping in when staffing is short, or even a spiritual blessing such as wisdom, peace, joy, love, even salvation that God alone can give.

I was reading 1 Corinthians 2, and came across this wonderful verse: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Cor. 2:9). We can get all excited and start envisioning sports cars, mansions, large fertile land masses, boats, etc. Our eyes widen like the "happy eyes" I described earlier.

But is God talking about physical lusts? Vs. 10-12 state, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."

As I read that in context, I realized that the spiritual wealth revealed by the Spirit of God through His Word and the abundant life that is a result is what is greater than man can imagine! The things of this earth are temporal, but the things of God are eternal, and are the things that really count in life.

Have you opened your spiritual gifts found in God's Word? Why not dig in today, and see if your happy eyes engage as you learn and grow and enjoy the wonderful things God has in store for you! It might even include applying those riches you have found in the Bible as you venture out in new jobs, new callings, new relationships, or just new perspectives in the same setting you are in now. Where does it all start? In loving God.


Stone-Eater Added Jul 17, 2017 - 2:16pm
Is someone who doesn't believe in god a troll ? So much for religious tolerance we see in Islamic radicals and evangelicals......
Dawn Foss Added Jul 17, 2017 - 9:16pm
Thank you, Dannl, for your comments! Stone, you know me already. I haven't been on for a while because I've been attending to some important family matters. But I finally got around to writing a devotional for my blog, so shared it here, too. I love to get in discussions about the Lord. I know that there are those who don't like that, but it's a free country and God gave man free will. That is one of those wonderful gifts given to us by God! So I'm not offended if people don't want to discuss, but I do love good discussions.
Dale Murrish Added Jul 18, 2017 - 12:01pm
Thanks for a good article, Dawn!
God has given many good gifts to people - some who love Him and some who haven't yet a clue about Him. Many have never read a Bible (what a wonderful gift, preserved miraculously by His grace through the efforts of faithful people throughout the centuries), some have fallen away who used to attend church. It's most puzzling to me those who end up in cults or who walk away from God. 
I have gone through some dry seasons, however, so I can relate to the latter. God's grip on me during those times is stronger than mine during the times of doubt. 
Dawn Foss Added Jul 18, 2017 - 1:02pm
Thanks, MJ! You are so right - God's riches are eternal, the world's riches rust, get eaten by moths, and get corrupted. A much wiser investment is in eternal rewards, and holding onto things with eternal value that last forever.
Dale, I hear you! Sometimes God holds onto us when we are weak, and there have been times I have felt like collapsing and I'm praying with my very last bit of strength, and sure enough, he brings people and circumstances into my life that in essence "rescue" me. I can feel His presence, and the peace of God passes all understanding. What a blessing!
Stone-Eater Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:24pm
I respect your belief.' but you see, it's like a tunnel view to me somehow. But when your faith tells you to support for example Africa directly by secure channels and not through the big "NGO"s I will gladly notice that faith can get positive results and not only wars between different "gods" ;-)
Dawn Foss Added Jul 18, 2017 - 9:37pm
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. You place your faith in a chair that it will not break before you sit in it. You place your faith in a pilot and a plane that you will get safely to your destination when you buckle in your seat on the airplane. You place your faith in the chef that he will give you healthy, noninfectious food when you put the food in your mouth. You place your faith in your physician when he diagnoses you. I place my faith in God by applying the wisdom of His Word to my life. Is this blind faith? No, of course not. I've seen others sit in similar chairs and they have not fallen. I've seen planes get to their destination and I figure that the pilot is well qualified because the airline has a good reputation. I'm eating at that restaurant because it has good reviews from others who have previously eaten there. I trust my doctor because of his education and experience. It is faith based on knowledge and good sense. In like manner, I place my trust in God because His advice works! It has worked on large and small scales. It is not blind faith, but faith that has passed the test of time. My experience and my knowledge backs up my faith. 
I have no idea what NGO's are, but it sounds political. It has nothing to do with my faith in God or His Word. That is solid. Things that happen in this world have many causes. Some are consequences of our actions, some are due to evil in the world, but God's Word has answers to all of life's problems because it contains principles that are true, right, wise, and time tested. Jesus is STILL the answer, even today in 2017. Hey, that is GREAT news! That is the HOPE of the world! 
Paul Robbins Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:26am
Great article Dawn.  I welcome more of what you write of...Truth
Dale Murrish Added Jul 19, 2017 - 4:20pm
NGO = Non-Government Organization
Wikipedia definition:
non-governmental organization (NGO) is a nonprofitorganization that is independent of governments and international governmental organizations. They are usually funded by donations but some avoid formal funding altogether and are run primarily by volunteers.
Dawn Foss Added Jul 20, 2017 - 12:26am
Thanks, Paul! That is my mission!
Dale, thank you for the definition. I like the sound of NGO's then. I always refer to government money to faith-based groups as "dirty money." Government money should pay for things that pertain to the duties of the government, and volunteer's money should pay for charitable and faith-based organizations. If they receive money from the government, the government then has control over that organization and the content of their protocols. No thanks!
Dale Murrish Added Jul 20, 2017 - 3:11am
Well, an exception might be the playground money going to the Lutheran school in Missouri. Agree that it is a slippery slope if the vouchers go for curriculum. Private school people are leery of vouchers, but I think it would be OK.
Michigan prohibits public money going to private schools, but now allows homeschoolers to attend public schools for computer training, sports, a la carte classes and other enrichment activities. The public school gets funding from the state for the extra students (pro rated, I think). Think this is a matter of "let the buyer beware" from the home schoolers perspective and an easy way for the public school to enhance their income. 
The home schooling laws are pretty open in Michigan - certain subjects must be taught - science, math, civics, etc. but the parent can choose the curriculum. 
Dawn Foss Added Jul 20, 2017 - 7:03pm
Dale, CT has pretty good laws for homeschoolers, too, fortunately. Sounds similar to Michigan, although I'm not an expert. Things seem to change all the time.
Dannl, like I said: dirty money.  I am not for Big Government. That was exactly why separation of church and state came into existence, not to protect the government from the church or the existence of God in the public square, as some people would argue today, but to protect the church from the government. It was to protect people against persecution by the government for their faith and freedom to worship.
Dawn Foss Added Jul 20, 2017 - 7:03pm
...this is why the Amish try to stay so separate from the government. They were a persecuted group by government and came here for peace.