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Thoughts on Generosity

Madison is no stranger around here, so excited to have her sharing her thoughts on generosity with you all today! Enjoy this precious friend!

Hey y'all! I'm Madison and I blog over at The Wetherills Say I Do! It's a little ole faith inspired lifestyle blog where I talk about marriage, faith, cooking, photography and travel. I have been overjoyed with the blogging world, growing community and getting to have my own little piece of the internet. I'm so excited to be sharing with you today. Thank you, Rachel, for having me!

Over the last few weeks, our church has been doing a series called Inside Out. The premise behind the series is about what it looks like to be changed by the gospel versus motivated by rules and religion. When we fully realize the magnitude of what the gospel means, Jesus changes us from the inside out and our actions begin to align with the principles of the Bible.

A few weeks ago the subtopic was about generosity. It's one of those sermon topics you don't think you need to hear. But then you hear it and you realize you definitely needed to hear it. Don't you love when God rocks your world a little bit?

A little background info for you. My husband and I moved into our house last August. About two months ago now we had a college student move in with us, after realizing that our house was plenty big for just the two of us and wanting to open up our home to someone who needed a temporarily place to stay. It's mostly been a great experience but it's also been really challenging for us, I think for me especially. How does this situation have anything to do with generosity? 

We tend to think of generosity as being limited to money. But what I have learned over the last few months is that it's more than just about money. A generous heart reaches far past our wallets. Generosity only happens when we realize that the gospel is worth more than our bank account. True generosity only happens when we realize we are called to be generous with our money, our time, our possessions, our gifts, our hearts.

What I've learned from the time that James has lived with us is that I am not as naturally generous as I thought. I'm not generous with sharing my quality time with my husband, I'm not generous with my food (basically because it costs money) and sometimes I'm not generous with my home. But what I've learned even more is that Jesus is working in me and helping me to see these areas of weakness.

When we fully grasp the gospel, there is nothing that we wouldn't be generous with. What I realized is that my view of generosity has been so narrow. If God asks me to be generous with my time or my gifts, I'm quick to second guess it and rationalize having something else to do or my gifts being worth more. 

Instead of being overwhelmed by our greed, we should take heart. When we see our own sin, we see the value of Jesus. When we see our true nature as sinners, Jesus is glorified even more.

So I pray that you'll begin to see where your heart can grow to be more generous. Is it with your time, money, gifts, home? What area is it that God is refining you? What have you learned about generosity lately?

Thanks again, Rachel, for having me today. I hope you all will leave a comment and say hello and drop by my blog to see what it's all about! 

Letting Go of Worry (Guest Post) + Giveaway Winner

Today I am so excited to be over at Wetherills Say I Do! Madison, as many of you have picked up on, has become a dear friend in a short time. We talk a ton, and have developed such a sweet friendship. It is relationships like the one that I share with Madison that make me LOVE blogging and this entire community. She listens to me complain sometimes, or get super emotional, or we braintsorm together...or just talk about dogs and Jesus. All in all, I love her dearly, and hope you will hop on over to her blog today and check her out!

Today I am sharing my heart about my struggle with worry, anxiety and stress. So if you ever feel like those emotions rear their heads in your life head over and hear what the Lord has shown me time and time again about these worries. 

Also, a big congrats to Jenna of Dearest Love on winning the Noonday Necklace! :) Don't forget it is still not too late to purchase an item and have some of the proceeds go towards the Ragan Family Adoption!

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Check out my sweet sponsor this month! Jenni, of Frankly My Dear!

The Perfect Happy Mail Package + Guest Blogger

So happy Wednesday friends! :) I am beyond excited to share this fun post with you. Many of you know Khala over at The Birdie Bowl blog. Well, Khala shares my love for handmade goodies and it an Etsy fan just like me. We both love snail mail that is put together with love and supports handmade at the same time. So that is what inspired this post, the desire to love others through little happies and to support small and handmade businesses. I have loved connecting with Khala and getting to know her better these past few weeks, she is a doll and you are all gonna love her even more after you read this darling post. 
Hello, hello Oh Simple Thoughts readers! I'm Khala, and I blog over at The Birdie Bowl! When Rachel asked me to be a guest blogger over here on her charming blog, how could I say no?! What I adore about Rachel is her love for handmade items, because I'm a lover of all things handmade and homegrown as well!
Today, I'm really excited because I'll be sharing some of my favorite gifts that would make one happy mail delivery; all from Etsy shops! Maybe your best friend lives in a different state, like mine. Or, maybe you have family overseas. OR, maybe you just love sending snail mail! Whatever the reason or occasion, you can't go wrong with these lovelies!
Happy Mail Gift Ideas
Happy Mail Etsy Shop Picks
Who wouldn't smile if you received some of these goodies in the mail?! I love sweets, so those little cinnamon bun soaps are right up my ally! And I simply adore anything stitched, so the necklace and hoop art would be happily welcomed into my home!
Are you a fan of snail mail? What fun items do you like sending or receiving?
A big thank you to Rachel for hosting me today! Stop on by The Birdie Bowl and say hello, my friends!