The On-Going Gift

When I was about six months pregnant my mother-in-law sent me a video that had gone viral. It was a mother who made her own wipes. She explained how to make the wipes in a video like a cooking show.

They were cheap, easy to make and better for your baby than wet wipes you would buy from the shops.
My mother-in-law thought I might be interested in using these when the baby came and she offered to make them for me. I loved the idea but knew I would probably be too busy (or lazy) to make them myself, so took her up on her offer. If she would like to make them then I’d be happy to try them out.
Sure enough, once the baby was born, my mother-in-law arrived with a plastic container with these handmade wipes. They were quite different to use than the big, thick shop-bought wipes but they were soft and I felt they were better for our babies skin.
In fact, I felt when I didn’t use them when we were travelling, he was much more prone to getting nappy rash.
When I had gone through the first batch of wipes my mother-in-law offered to make some more. I told her how much I liked them and how I would love to keep using them. She was happy to make more but didn’t want me to use them just because she was making them. But both my husband and I insisted that we preferred using them, and so, the next time she came she had a new batch.
My son is now over seven months old and my mother-in-law has provided me with these wet wipes the whole time.
As I cleaned up my son from a dirty nappy today I paused as I grabbed some wipes from my mother-in-law’s container. This truly was the epitome of generosity.
While the wipes did not cost much and, my mother-in-law assures me, they don’t even take long to make, she has diligently made these wipes for her grandson the whole time. Every time I empty one container there is another waiting for me to use.
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9.7) so it would be fair to say that God truly loves my mother-in-law! But from her generosity she has taught me a new level of generosity too.
It’s not always the big flashy gifts that make a difference but the small, constant offerings that add blessings.
Lord, may I too be a cheerful giver. With all You have blessed me with, may I give lavishly and regularly. Amen.
How can you be a generous giver today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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