Saturday, December 10, 2011

Many Give-Aways! "What Shall I Give You?"

Hi Friends~

We are so happy that you like our NEW He IS Able Weekly Give-Away!  If you didn't hear, any comment left before 8pm on Tuesday is eligible to be chosen to win anywhere between 1 and 10 cards and envelopes!  The number of cards given each week will be chosen randomly, and the winner as well as the number of cards will be announced each Wednesday!  If you see your user name posted...or your sure to email Traci your snail mail address.  (My email is on the very bottom of the right side of the blog.)

In addition to that...every time you leave a comment from December 10-24th, you will be entered in our drawing for our "Merry Christmas Blog Candy!" random drawing!  We have some fabulous prizes this year:  An Ash2Ash CD, stamps, a murano glass cross, A Christmas CD, a glazed Nativity Scene Ornament with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and a Sizzix Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's all we are going to tell you now...but it is quite an exciting collection of goodies.  We will tell you about more items as time goes by...the recipient will be announced on Christmas Day!  This is in addition to our weekly card give-aways!  We are so blessed to have you stop is our way of saying thank you for joining us, encouraging each other-including us, and sharing His love, His Word, and His gift of Salvation with others!

Today I wanted to share a post from Our Daily Bread.  It was Friday, December 9th's post and wonderful for this time of year especially.  Who isn't hearing a bunch of "Can I have's?"  And, "PLEeeaaaassseee may I???"  As you read the words below, think about what you would like given to you...and if you would like...let us know in the comment section...this would be a great time to share a prayer request, too.


What Shall I Give You?

I've been told that "three-wish stories" occur in almost every culture, all following a similar theme:  A benefactor appears and offers to grand three wishes to an unsuspecting beneficiary.  The fact that the stories so often occur suggests we all want something we cannot get on our own.

There's even a wish story in the Bible.  It happened one night when the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said to him, "Ask!  What shall I give you? (1 Kings 3:1-9)  Solomon could have asked for anything-- riches, honor, fame, or power.  but he asked for none of these things.  He requested an "understanding heart" or a "listening heart," a humble heart to listen, and learn from God's Word.  The young, inexperienced king, weighed down with the responsibilities of ruling a vast nation, needed the Lord's wisdom to govern well.

Am I that wise?  If God spoke to me directly and asked what He could do for me, what would I ask for?  Would I ask for health, wealth, youth, power, or prestige?  Or would I ask for wisdom, holiness, and love?  Would I be wise or foolish?

Suppose God asked you what He could give to you.  What would you ask for?---David Roper

"True wisdom is in leaning
On Jesus Christ, our Lord;
True wisdom is in trusting
His own life-giving Word."


And, here is the section of His Word which sparked the above thoughts:

 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the LORD, and the wall around Jerusalem. The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the LORD.  Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.  At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

 “Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.  So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”  (1 Kings 3:1-9)


Well, I do not believe in wishes.  I do believe in the power of the All Mighty God...and the Bible does say that He knows the desires of our heart.  It also says that He knows the best path for our life...and I am sure sometimes our desires do not add up with His plan.  This is why we do our best to pray for His Will...and do our best at turning things over to Him.  I am SO glad you were here today!  Please tell your friends about our give-aways!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather


  1. I love ODB! Thank you for your blessings!
    Left you some PMs on SCS too.

  2. I missed this post on ODBD blog, so am really glad you posted it here! Wisdom, please Lord!
    I have received the cards I won last week; they are beautiful, wonderful! Thank you so much!
    Blessings to you and yours from seamom


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