What hard times have taught me about receiving God’s gifts

When we are little the best thing in the world is receiving gifts. But as we get older, we learn to enjoy giving even more. But sometimes we have to receive a gift of help, fiercely wounding our pride!

I am an independent person, and I tend to gravitate more to the caretaker role rather than care receiver. I love helping others with projects, childcare, and meals. It gives me great joy to be able to help someone else in a tangible way. But when the shoe is on the other foot, I am not usually gracious about it.

The hard times have taught me lessons, but perhaps one of the most important is how to receive help and how to accept the gifts that God has for me. He's offering me His best, but I often stand with clenched fists holding onto what I'm familiar with or allowing my pride to stand between us.

Preparing for a home study…

If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know my husband and I have been busy readying our home for our adoption home study. Part of the home study includes submitting a water bill. The only problem with that is our bill was $103. For the past year our water bill has been sneaking up from the $15 a month it should be, to $50, $75, and finally $103.

When we had a plumber come out and diagnose the problem, something that cost as much as a month’s water bill. He delivered devastating news. It would require a $2300 repair. Let me tell you, there was a better chance of me losing 100 pounds overnight then there was of us coming up with $2300. So, we did what any responsible homeowners would.

We ignored it.

We bided our time until the problem grew to a point that our water would stop working, but we felt like this was our only choice. Every Sunday at church I prayed fervently to win the lottery or have an unknown rich relative give us the money to fix this problem. But, alas, God did not work that way.

Our church has a Sunday School model called Lifegroup, and we are so blessed that our group truly does everyday life together. Each and every week, we take the time to share prayer requests. Every now and then when a family is facing a larger requests we have prayed over them. This is always a very special time in our class.

We were prayed over.

So, one Sunday hubby and I were asking for prayer over our adoption process, him a teaching contract the next year, and for house stuff. Our wonderful teacher called us up front, and had the class pray over us. Y’all, I have never felt the Holy Spirit more tangibly than I did at that moment. To have 40 people laying hands on you and praying over your specific needs. I ugly cried, HARD.

After they prayed over us, some of the men asked for specifics on what we needed to get done around the house. I undersold it, telling them it was just little carpentry projects and such. One man stopped us and said, “No, I want the truth, what do you need?”

When we told him about the water problem, he started smiling. He designs hot water heaters and had the knowledge and the parts to fix the two problems we had. That night he and another man were at our home looking everything over, and on Monday our problem was fixed. It was that easy.

Learning to receive help or gifts is not always easy.

But when you finally let God’s people do what He sent them to do, then you will be blown away with the incredible gifts and graces sent your way. So take a second and think … is there a gift He has sent you that you have refused to receive?

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The hard times have taught me lessons, but perhaps one of the most important is how to receive help and how to accept the gifts that God has for me. He's offering me His best, but I often stand with clenched fists holding onto what I'm familiar with or allowing my pride to stand between us.

Heather Banks

Heather Banks

Heather Banks is a born and bred Georgia girl that loves traveling as much as coming home. Wife, expectant adoptive mom, sewist and photographer. She believes in Jesus, laughing, sweet tea, showing love with food, and being available!
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Heather Banks is a born and bred Georgia girl that loves traveling as much as coming home. Wife, expectant adoptive mom, sewist and photographer. She believes in Jesus, laughing, sweet tea, showing love with food, and being available!

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