Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Treasure Principle

Hello Friends ~ First of all, thank you all for your encouraging comments & emails and for your prayers.  I will write another post on life here at Plum Cottage, soon. Today’s post is a book review for Blogging for Books.

The little book is called:

‘The Treasure Principle ~ Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving’ by Randy Alcorn.

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It is about the joy of giving. From my own experience, I have seen where I can become so absorbed in what I am going through, that I don’t always give with a cheerful heart, or give at all. There is something very rewarding when we give to others, whether it be our time, our talents, ourselves, our money.

Here are some quotes from this little book.

“God’s riches are infinite. When you serve Him and others, you store up treasures in Heaven.”

“The money God entrusts to us is eternal investment capital.”

“God is the owner of everything, including books and stereos, houses and cars, clothes and jewelry, electronics and toys.”

”Whenever we think like owners, it’s a red flag. We should be thinking like stewards, investment managers, always looking for the best place to invest the Owner’s money.”

“Our giving is a reflexive response to God’s grace in our lives. When God’s grace touches us, we give joyfully.”

“Giving is therapy, not just for the receiver, but also for the giver.”

“Giving brings freedom. It breaks us out of the orbit around our possessions.”

“Givings brings us far more than it takes. It infuses our lives with gladness and gratitude. It interjects an eternal dimension into the most ordinary day.”

“The Lord Jesus himself said: “There is more happiness in giving than receiving.”    (Acts 20:35)

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This book has touched my heart, to be a more cheerful giver, to God and to others. The above quotes are just a sampling of what is in this book.

As you who follow my blog know, I have been purging books and other things. It feels good to give to others in need, to a small coffee shop that has a little library where people can bring a book, take a book. I am feeling freer, lighter. My faith in God is growing. He is my strength when I am weak. I am learning contentment in many ways. Living by faith is an ongoing journey. He is always with us.

I chose this book as it was something I needed to read at this time in my life. I was given my copy for free in exchange for an honest review, by Blogging for Books.

The book is encouraging and inspiring. May I become a better giver, full of joy and peace.

FlowerLady

15 comments:

Kit said...

Good to see you! :) I have always lived by the concept that to get anything in life, you have to give first. The more you give, the more you get back in life. And it is true! I don't think of myself at all, but I serve gladly and that makes me a very happy camper. Love you, KK

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

I love books that encourage and inspire me to be a better person! Hope all is well with you, Lorraine, and you are feeling a bit better. xo

Nancy J said...

Lovely quotes, and so true. Giving in whatever way you can, small,large, hand-made, your time, your ears to listen, your shoulder, or for those who can financial help. To receive, and accept graciously, is something that we all should learn, it is not easy to be on the receiving end. Hugs to you, hoping all is OK at Plum Cottage.

Stacey said...

I love books like that too! We all need a little encouragement from time to time. It's so important to give and receive when we can.

Terra Hangen said...

Those are great quotes on giving.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful quotes and I am so glad to see a new post from you :) I'd checked the other day, and here and there prior to that, and the last one being from July I was getting a bit worried .

Deborah Montgomery said...

I was putting together a little care package today and had to pry my fingers off a few things I was tempted to keep for myself. How freeing to let it go!! xo

Morning's Minion said...

So true that giving can be difficult--a friend and I were speaking of this today and we both noted that sometimes finding the patience to be a listener, patiently giving our time and attention, is one of the hardest parts of acting generously.
Pondering your comment on my blog post yesterday, I considered that too often we feel someone who has lost her/his life partner has 'adjusted' and seems to be going along cheerfully, when in reality that sense of loss and loneliness continues.
You truly bless others by sharing both your courage and your vulnerability--to say nothing of the delight I find in enjoying your garden and your stitchery.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

So many people that give material things don't get it that "giving" is really about giving a bit of one's self. Did you ever walk up to a complete stranger and compliment them on their hair. See a well behaved child in a restaurant and compliment the parents and the child. Tell the cashier that is waiting on you how helpful and pleasant they are. It's all part of "Giving" and so easy to do.

Each time you post about your thoughts and beautiful cottage and it's surroundings you are giving each reader a smile or beautiful sight. That's why you have so many friends that visit and comment here. So Thank You Rainey for being here and other places I read your comments on the blogs.

Have a perfectly wonderful day.
xx, Carol

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm glad to see a post from you, Rainey. The hardest giving for me to extend is the giving of my time outside of my agenda. It's much easier for me to give money or a gift than it is for me to take time out of my planned day to give of my time to someone in need. God is patient and is working on me in that area. Have a lovely day, my friend. Hugs.

M.K. said...

This is something I struggle with at times too, FL. And I really like Randy Alcorn. His book, "Heaven," was so, so good. We studied it thoroughly twice, and much of it really transformed the way I think about this life and the next one.
Anyway - I hope you are well and staying cool! Our highs are supposed to go down this week (yay!!!!) I'm so ready for cooler weather.

outlawgardener said...

Sounds like a good book full of interesting thoughts.

outlawgardener said...

P.S. I love the Einstein quote. It reminds me a bit of Psalm 8.

Terry said...

Hi Lorraine!

That sounds like a beautiful book! Blogging for Books sounds really interesting. I have not blogged in a while. I hope to get back to it soon. Once my blog is active I will join Blogging for Books. Thank You!

Terry

M.K. said...

Hello again, FL -- Just thinking of you (and of us) today as we watch Hurricane Irma forming in the ocean. Hopefully she will leave us BOTH alone, yes?! Stay safe, button up the cottage, and trust in Jesus to see you through. Love you!