LaTreceDavis-01212014-150-163Growing up, I loved giving. When I’d get my allowance from my parents, most of the time I’d give most if not all of it away. There is a joy that goes along with giving. My joy was not in what I would get in return but to be have it to give was my delight.

Back in 2009 there was a spiritual trial in my life where giving was concerned. I had been accused of not tithing and giving at the church that I was attending. I knew that I was tithing and giving, and most importantly God knew that I was tithing and giving, but I had been constantly accused of lying by the leaders of this church. This went on for months. There were days and nights where I would sob with tears because I just didn’t understand what was going on. And so, even through this, I continued to give, but I had allowed this situation to harden my heart where giving was concerned. And so wherever I went after that, whenever I’d give it would be just enough, instead of what I truly desired to give.

I hadn’t known that this was an issue in my life until 2013. I was about to post a status on Facebook about giving, and as I was typing, the Lord began to talk with me about giving. My mom was with me at the time, and as I started to share with her what the Lord was sharing with me, I broke down and cried. Yes I was giving, but it wasn’t my best. I had allowed what someone had done against me to change the way I gave. When the Lord opens our eyes to something that’s not right, it’s not to condemn us, but so that He can heal us! I thought I had forgiven, and let it all go. But I had only dealt with the surface of the issue instead of getting to the root of it.

Don’t allow the hurt that others may have caused to harden your heart, no matter what. Forgiveness is key. Giving up resentment and letting go of whatever situation it may be is also another key. Paul writes that his one aspiration in life is forgetting what lies behind and reaching for what lies ahead!

The outcome of that entire situation changed me for the better. I have a freedom to give and I love it. My focus is not people, but giving as unto the Lord. My heart is healed, my heart is now free, because now I have tapped into this grace of giving.

“But we commend ourselves in every way as [true] servants of God: through great endurance, in tribulation and suffering, in hardships, and privations, in sore straits and calamities.” 2 Corinthians 6:4

Prayer: “Father, I thank You that You are the mender of the broken hearted. I surrender every hurt to you and I receive my healing now, in Jesus name. Amen”



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