Giving is on my mind a lot lately.
Gift giving . . .a little.
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And I do have a small amount of gifts bought I’ll be giving at Christmas . . .
But, honestly, giving is on my mind in a more somber way.
I have been wondering . . . what is the difference between “Giving it to the Lord” and “Giving Up”?
I feel like my husband and I are going to have to make some choices about our adoption plan and decide where to put our energy, money and time . . . and I don’t know where God wants me to give up – or if He does at all.
In a sense, if I “give it to God” . . . isn’t that another way of saying, “I’m done. If it’s meant to happen; it will. I don’t need to try anymore.”?
That sounds like giving up to me.
So here I am. Confused.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy and grateful. I have a wonderful husband and we have been given the greatest son! We love him and we all love one another. We are blessed, and I can not put into words how grateful I am to God that he gave me this vocation of motherhood.
But even our son talks about having a baby brother AND a baby sister.
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever wondered what God wants you to do next . . . and what He wants you to let go of?
I feel like I need to ask the Lord more than “open all the right doors and close all the wrong ones.”
I’m actually overwhelmed with awe and gratitude for all of the open doors! I think that is my dilemma . . . we can’t go through them all!
How do I “give it to God” and not be giving up?
Is it as simple as the Serenity Prayer?
God, grant me the serenity to
accept the things I can not change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
I really need wisdom!
In the meantime, I’m enjoying what I have been given. Christmas time with a four year old is pretty awesome 🙂
If you have any wisdom, please share it with me! I ask you to pray for our family – with the hope that it will grow, but most of all that we will know God’s will and embrace it joyfully.
I also hope you are inspired to give a “Spiritual Stocking Stuffer”! Please, enter all the giveaways, I’m excited to give these awesome gifts away!
As always, thank you so much for reading this post!
May we all joyfully give to the Lord and others this Advent!