It's a funny thing... Giving out of abundance.
There are moments that I think about how I don't have this or that, or how i need something... and then there are moments when I am looking for Emmanuel and I see Him everywhere.
I have a STOCK PILE of things, things I think I need to buy or HAVE TO HAVE only to find out I never really needed them to begin with or I got so much that I couldn't use it all.
I had taken a box for a stocking stuffer out reach for a little boy, and was able to look through all my stuff and I was able to provide 4 boxes of stuff for 4 different children without ever going to the store ;)
I was able to provide a beautiful young lady with a bunch of items for her new apartment however I never left my house... i went to my pantry and pulled out things like garbage bags, cleaner, sponges, noodles, and even some laundry soap.
I was able to provide 2 other gifts for two different children in another outreach called Joy to the D. It was the craziest thing... I found these two gifts and prayed over them and asked that God lead me to where those gifts wanted to go. Two days later... He answered.
I made dinner today and didn't buy one thing extra (and I only bought minimal groceries last week and this week) but was able to provide dinner from our pantry and freezer ;)
Tomorrow's dinner consists of a ham I got today and whatever else I can wrangle up around here.
I have always known that I am so blessed and have so much. Sometimes when I feel lead to clean things out and simplify I feel like I kicking and screaming like a two year old who needs a nap, but in times like these, I am giving and giving and giving and its amazing, even freeing.
while I see Emmanuel in the abundance, I hope that the recipients never even see me, I hope they see a Savior who came to save them. And may they continue to seek and look for Him, all the days of their lives.