I usually write all my posts myself, but I read a little devotional booklet from a friend (Thank you!) that I really enjoyed, so I thought I would share one of the devotions with you. It’s from Precious and Dearly Loved by Gail Marsh. (It’s published by CTA — Christ To All. You can find them here)
This devotion is called ‘Stored Goodness,’ so, without further adieu, here it is:
Traditionally, [a] hope chest was made of wood, often cedar, and was filled, little by little, with household linens, witchier, bedding, and clothing. These items were collected over the course of several years, with the idea that one day a young woman would use her “household trousseau” to set up her first home away from home, whether with her husband or on her own. In many cases, items inside the hope chest included handmade gifts from relatives, jewelry, quilts, and heirlooms passed down from one generation to the next.
For all eternity, your lavishly loving Lord has been storing up goodness — for you. This goodness is so much better than hand-embroidered pillowcases or antique jewelry. If far outweighs the value of any treasured family heirloom. What is this “great goodness”?
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” — Psalm 73:28
Real blessing, true goodness, is to be near God. Contrary to popular belief, God’s greatest gifts to his people are not health or wealth, notoriety or power. Nearness to our Heavenly Father is the ultimate good, the ultimate blessing.
Our good and gracious Heavenly Father loved us so lavishly that He made nearness to him possible — through His Son. Thought the cross and empty tomb o fJesus, God made it possible to pour out his lavish love on us. Now, God holds you close to his here. Always.
Princess, I hope that you found the hope chest analogy as neat as I did. (It might help that my sister just got a hope chest, and, turns out, it’s quite fun to fill it with fun homemaking things for your future! 😉As fun as it is to fill a hope chest, it’s even more fun to imagine what treasures God is storing for YOU! Just imagine! Can you? It’s amazing!! 😊
I hope that this week you remember to thank God for all the awesome things He is doing for you (even if it doesn’t feel like it) and is storing up for you! ❤️
Now for the giveaway…
drum roll please…
The winner is….
Have a wonderful day, my friends! 💕