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    By Brother Steve | February 26, 2012

    Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

    Marchel and I were surprised and shocked at what we received this past Saturday night. Three ladies from the church stopped by our house and brought us several bags of groceries. This nearly brought tears to Marchel's eyes. Let me put this in perspective...

    I went visiting on Saturday, like normal. Marchel sent me a text asking if I was getting some needed groceries while I was in town. Quite honestly, I did not want to get any, but we did need some things. She sent me a light list of "get by" stuff, basics, like milk, bread, eggs, etc., about 6 items total. She said she had more if I wanted to pick those up too. I said for her to give me the rest of the list of items. I waited, but she did not give me any more items in about an hour's time. I had to keep pressing on, so I bought what she gave me at the time and then I left the store. I was on the way home when she gave me the other items.

    The pay check this period was a little lower than usual. I had gotten many things for the bus route as I typically do. I buy bus stuff and understand that God will take care of my family if I take care of others' families. "Give and it shall be given unto you."

    But God does not stop at that. He says, "good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over." Not only does God see the good things and give those same good things back, He loads your wagon, so to speak. I've seen this personally many times. I believe it is all because of the bus route.

    I purchased about 2 bags of things for home and 3 bags for bus. These ladies that delivered these unexpected groceries to us brought in about 10-15 bags of groceries, many things we do not normally get because they exceed the budget and we're cheap! I'd say that is "running over" as the Bible states.

    Another unexpected blessing involves money. For a period of time, we were pinched for funds directly related to the bus route. A member of the church came to me and asked about our route. He said he'd like to help us out by giving us 50 dollars every month to help with gas for visiting, treats, or other bus-related things. Totally unexpected and out of the ordinary!

    Once again, I revert to the verse of "give and it shall be given unto you." I had prayed and asked the Lord every week "How can we continue doing this? We can't do this. We need help this week, Lord. You've got to do something." So far, God has come through. Not sure how long this member will continue giving the money, but it is a HUGE blessing!

    So to sum it all up ... I believe God delights in blessing those who give. We don't see past the greediness of our own money, time, life, etc. Because of this, we can't see what lies ahead, what blessing God may have for us. We need to get beyond ourselves and think of others.

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