The Joy of Giving Special Gifts for a Friend

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“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Rest Ministries has introduced me to some wonderful people. People who understand what it is to live with a chronic illness; people who know that life can be frustrating; people who are learning to live with a new kind of “normal” and people who know what it is to encourage and to need to feel encouragement from others. I have been blessed to share my journey with people like that.

Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to give one of those people a gift that recognised the value I feel in my friendship with her. While it wasn’t my work, it was something that I admired and valued, knowing the hours of work and love that had gone into each stitch. It was one of my Mother’s quilts – one of my favorites – and knowing who it was going to, I felt it would be appreciated.

When the gift arrived, I was so happy to know that she liked it and it was wonderful to know that it arrived at a time when she really needed a lift. I felt blessed to have been able to brighten her day. Overseas postage arrives at unknown times, so I believe God had a hand in that.

It hadn’t occurred to me when I chose the quilt that it was a heart quilt – but then my friend said, “I love that it has hearts on it – it makes me think of how much we care for each other, and also that we can so openly share our ‘hearts’, without feeling we are a burden.” I thought that was a wonderful picture of what our friendship has become and what a gift it is to me.

The Bible says that Christ said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. It’s nice to receive gifts, but I was reminded by this, what a pleasure it is to give to others. When I think of all that God has given to me, I realize how much I have to thank Him for and how often I don’t appreciate all that He gives.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is grateful for the blessing and encouragement she receives from those she has met through Rest Ministries – who make her journey with chronic back pain more bearable. She likes finding time for writing, reading, travel and photography.

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2 thoughts on “The Joy of Giving Special Gifts for a Friend

  1. Thank you Fiona. What a beautiful quilt and gesture. It’s nice to be reminded how God can and is using us despite/through our brokeness. And to turn our gaze to Him and His gifts rather than focusing on our loss. Thank you for your continued devotionals.

  2. Your devotional is truly one of those “from the heart.” I love stories of the way God uses us to show His love, and flame the love that we have for one another. Your friend is very blessed to have a friend like you.

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