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“In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing; that is, to pass your way into Macedonia, and again from Macedonia to come to you, and by you to be helped on my journey to Judea” (2 Corinthians 1:15-16).

We are all blessed in so many ways. There are those who desire to give blessings. Are you receptive to giving and receiving blessings? We often become wrapped up in our own ideas and are unwilling to, so to speak, go outside of the box. Be receptive to what the Lord has in mind and be willing to give and to receive. The Lord has plans for all of us and He knows the blessings He intends.

Lord, teach me to have a more gracious heart about all of the things that surround me. Lead me to live into the life to which You have called me that I may, now and always, both give and receive. It is You who knows all that I need, so be my guide who directs the path before me. Help me to not forsake what You would give that I may now and always be blessed by You.

Lord Jesus, You are the ultimate blessing for us all. Help me when I am resistant to receive You as the One who must lead me where I need to go. Guide me in Your goodness to live into this life of faith to which You have called me. May I always be receptive of Your goodness and mercy and share as I have had shared with me. Teach me to bless and to receive blessings. Amen.