Giving for the Joy of It

Giving for the Joy of It

A generous woman extends more than her coin purse. She’s also generous with her heart.” ~ It’s Good to Be Queen

Giving to others can be tricky. Yes, we do it to bless, not to impress, but sometimes we secretly hope we’ll knock the person’s socks off with our generosity.

Just being honest here.

From God’s point of view, giving generously isn’t about the size of our gift. And motive matters far more than money. This week, a quick look at what else His Word can teach us.

Chapter Eight: It’s Good to Give Generously

How generous was the queen of Sheba? Take a look:

And she gave the king 120 talents of gold,
large quantities of spices, and precious stones.
Never again were so many spices brought in
as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
1 Kings 10:10

Okay, that’s a ton. More like 4.5 tons of gold, plus spices worth even more. Since she presented her hostess gift right before she got outta Dodge, Sheba clearly wasn’t trying to earn Solomon’s favor. Rather, she was displaying her gratitude and respect.

So, one reason for giving? To show how grateful we are. In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he assured them their gifts of support were “a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).

A second reason for giving? It’s fun. When the Bible says, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7), the word “cheerful” comes from the Greek word hilarós—as in “hilarious.”

What’s the connection? When you make someone laugh, when they see the humor in what you’re saying, they’re won over. Their laughter becomes a gift, freely and joyfully given.

That’s how God wants us to give—from a sense of joy rather than a sense of duty.

give to one another cheerfully, eagerly, generously

Time for me to answer one of our Study Guide questions, then I hope you’ll do the same. You can be sure I consider each response a gift. And this week, I have a surprise for you. Keep reading…

Psalm 112:5

From the Study Guide

2. c. How does 1 John 4:11 capture the heart of gift giving?

This is the verse I usually write on the notepad in my hotel room before I check out: “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11.

It’s one way to let the housekeeping staff know why I left a tip for their good service. Not because I’m kind or caring or generous, but because God is all those things and more.

His gift to us—His only Son—remains the greatest gift ever given to humankind. When we give to one another—cheerfully, eagerly, generously—we are doing what we can to follow His example.

That’s why our gifts need to be personal, meaningful, and sacrificial, wrapped in love, mercy, and grace. Because that’s how the Father gives.

Bless You, Lord, for showing us what generous giving means, then stirring our hearts to do the same. We’re not there yet, but we want to be. So grateful, Lord, for Your patience and Your love.

2 Corinthians 9:7 AMP

Now, it’s your turn

How would you finish, “It’s good to give generously because _____.”? Keep reading to find out why you’ll want to take a moment to respond! Also, my free video teaching for Chapter 8 awaits you on Vimeo and you’ll find this week’s smart phone/tablet wallpaper here. How grand, learning from the queen of Sheba with you!

Your grateful sister, Liz

Your sister, Liz Curtis Higgs BibleGateway Blogger Grid I am honored to write for P31 Ministries Love being part of (in)courage!

P.S. Now, the delightful surprise: our friends at DaySpring are celebrating this week’s post on giving with a generous giveaway!

Ten winners will receive my new Parable Treasury, a collection of my best-selling Parable books for children ages 3-7 plus DaySpring’s beautiful “Think About Such Things” Journal, featuring a Scripture verse on each page and bound with embossed faux leather in a lovely harvest orange.

Entering to win is easy: just post a comment under “Share Your Thoughts” below. Then we’ll choose ten winners at random on Tuesday, October 20 at 12noon ET—the perfect lead-in for next week’s post on why It’s Good to Receive Graciously!

DaySpring Giveaway | Parable Treasury

157 Responses to Giving for the Joy of It

  1. Kerri Norrod October 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

    so love to win the book and journal. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Penny Pohlman October 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

      Love your books! Praising God for your work! Thank you! Love the work God does through you! Traveling with my sisters to Belville Illinois in January to see you! Can’t wait!

    • Kathy October 17, 2015 at 6:41 am #

      what better gift than to share God’s word with a child?

    • Gabriela October 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

      It is good to give generously because it makes me so much happier. The joy I get from seeing how happy I have made someone is worth so much more than the monetary value of what I have given. The ripple effect is truly amazing,too!

    • Catherine October 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Giving for the Joy of It sounds so right. Our church is in the stewardship campaign for 2016 budget year. I agree with you when a person is eager, cheerful, and generous when giving, that person is truly blessed. As I consider my 2016 pledge, I will keep in mind this weekly post. Loved it for sure!

  2. Linda Eldredge October 16, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    My husband always says I would give it ALL away if I could! He’s mostly right! However, I find that when I give “secretly” to others, it evokes a great sense of peace and satisfaction in me – especially knowing that I have blessed someone without their having to personally thank me. I pray I can do that for a long time to come. Thank you Jesus.

  3. Holly October 16, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    I believe that giving generously is acting in obedience to God. We are called to serve others & we never know when a new Christian will result from it. After all, God gave His only son for us! I feel so blessed when I give.

  4. Linda D. McFarland October 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because it’s the right thing to do…in other words, obedience!

  5. Amy October 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    God loves a cheerful giver and I love children SO much!!! Thank you for your generosity, Liz!!! Blessings to you, Sister!!

  6. Diane kasikantiris October 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    So happy to be learning such lessons as God gives you wisdom!

  7. Linda Lloyd October 16, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    I just had to respond to this one. My (at the time) four year old great granddaughter loves hearts. When I handed her one I had cut out, laminated, and hung on a ribbon for her, she just looked at it for the longest time.

    Finally she looked me right in the eye and said, “Gigi, I know you love me. I’m going to take this home and keep it forever and ever and think about you all the time.

    I cried of course. What greater joy than that?

  8. Susan October 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    I can give generously from the heart because Jesus gave everything to save me

  9. Joyce October 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm #

    Love the joy of giving without the guilt!

  10. Christa Schiffbauer October 16, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    It is good to give generously because God has been so generous with us. He not only created us but also made a way for us to have salvation even when we stubbornly refuse at times to listen to him and sin. God provides us with everything we need and he wants us to share what we have with others. Jesus kept showing us throughout his life here on earth that if you want to be great in God’s kingdom you must care about others, being a servant to them. God used a little boy’s lunch to feed many people. The little boy had to be willing to be generous when he gave his lunch to Jesus. We are told to become as little children and this little boy certainly was a good example.

  11. Diana October 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because…serving others ahead of my wants blesses us all.

  12. Carrie October 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because… God gave me the most generous gift of all. Didn’t earn or deserve it… How can we not pass that along?

  13. Carol October 16, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Giving to others for me comes quite easy as I am an RN. I love to give my time to help care for the sick and I also love to give away my baking. I love to knit and bless my friends with knitted socks…the greatest gift I have ever received was the gift of salvation…thank you Jesus for dying for me and making a place in heaven for me….

  14. Carol October 16, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Giving to others for me comes quite easy as I am an RN. I love to give my time to help care for the sick and I also love to give away my baking. I love to knit and bless my friends with knitted socks…the greatest gift I have ever received was the gift of salvation…thank you Jesus for dying for me and making a place in heaven for me….

  15. Jeana October 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    The world is filled with selfishness, lack of empathy and compassion. People have many needs but most of us need to know we are loved and accepted. God is all about love, forgiveness and acceptance. So giving in a personal way is a means of extending God’s love to others. But no matter how much we give, or how we give, it can never compare to God’s gift to all of us. Thanking God for his unfailing love in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

  16. Liz T. October 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Because I am most like my Heavenly Father when I give generously! It brings me much joy and it’s another way to say “thank you” to Him for the wonderful gifts and blessings He so generously pours out on me each and every day. It is fun to bless others!!

  17. Holly October 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    It is a joy to give in obedience to the Lord. New to your website and just loving it. I praise God for showing me the way to you.

  18. Cindy Bell October 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    Admittedly, I’m not the most eager giver. Waaay too many sham needy in our area. But I gave an apple today to a fellow who asked for something outside the market; it’s what I had available. It’s good to give, because it was given to us first. We give to our family first, and I hope to give something more to our little grandboy. Passing it on…

  19. Debbie Weber October 16, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    God is definitely showing me how to be generous with my time and love. I am staying with my mom overnight in the hospital reading your devotional. God has me where he needs me right now. I am seeing the generosity of others as they help provide food for my dad, the generosity of my husband who is willing for me to be 500 miles away taking care of my mom and the generosity of my daughter who has flown here to give addditional relief. You don’t always have to give freely with your money, it is times like these where time and support mean so much more.

  20. Karen October 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

    Thank you for showing us a good example of giving generously!

  21. sandy branstrom October 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    In 1982 my mother died and left me some money. My church was in need of money I think for a hew roof. I felt God told me to give 1000.00 which I did. At the time I gave it I did not know my mother had left me a CD at the bank. It turned out that the amount in the CD was ten times the amount God told me to give. We can never out give our God.

  22. Melanie October 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    It’s a real blessing to be able to give to others. I’m thankful God gave us the ultimate example of giving his only Son for our sins so we could receive salvation. Praise him from whom all blessing flow!

  23. Krystal October 16, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because we could never out give all God has given us. When we joyfully give our time, money or resources God richly blesses our lives in unbelievable ways. So give with a happy heart!
    Thanks Liz for all you give of your time to teach us about God and His Word!

  24. Debbie Norred October 16, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I love to give generously because I just believes it makes God stop and take notice and I believe it makes him smile really big and say ” That’s my daughter”! I know when my son gives generously I stop and take notice and my heart just swells with joy and I think ” that’s my son!

  25. Ginnie Montoya October 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    We give because He first gave himself for all the world. So that we could be save because of his love towards us. John 3:16

  26. Shiela Stensgard October 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because nothing really belongs to us anyway. The Bible says we are pilgrims & strangers here on earth so why not give all that we can?
    Thanks Liz for all the beautiful flower pictures!

  27. Rebecca Mick Frith October 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

    Knowing I will get back so much more than I give, helps me to give generously. It isn’t always money, but most often time spent in prayer for healing, for loving support, for just help in what ever way The Spirit leads me. He is my gift giving guide. When I see an ambulance I am often led to pray for whomever may be in need of medical attention, and for their loved ones who may need special prayer to deal with a crisis. It is a way to sort of pay back the times when I required special healing prayers.

  28. Jessica E October 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win. ?

  29. Tracy moore October 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because God has given so generously to us. We can’t pay HIM back but He is delighted when we pay it forward. PLUS it’s really fun to be generous …especially with strangers or folks who will never know it was you?

  30. irene talaasen October 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    I love to give generously because it is as if we give to Jesus. In the precious book Ronnie Wilson’s Gift, that message is so evident for a child too! With one precious grandson, I would love the children’s parable books.
    And bless your daughter in law for doing the bookmarks mailings. Such a blessing!!

  31. Ginna Stonehocker October 16, 2015 at 11:26 pm #

    I just received my copy of It’s Good To Be Queen and I am devouring every word. Sure to catch up in a few days. It’s good to give generously because God gives me a happy happy heart. After all everything belongs to Him! A usual, I am loving your book – God has truly blessed you with such a wonderful gift. I would love to win the other books and share them with my grandkids and my Sunday School classes. Thank you for the opportunity. Blessings!

  32. Amy October 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    I’ve loved your books since my mom introduced me as a young teenager. I loved reading your parables to my class when I was a kindergarten teacher in a Christian school and I can’t wait to share them with my daughter.

  33. Tudy Tritch October 16, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    In answer to your question: It’s good to give generously because first of all it’s fun and secondly, because God so generously gives to me everyday….it is a true blessing and sharing His blessing with others is what life is all about. Have fun; bless others.

  34. Robin October 17, 2015 at 12:15 am #

    My pastor always says, “You are never more like JEsus than when you give.” This is true, but in order to give you must first love! This is a great read as I am thinking about the holiday season that is quickly approaching. Our church will be participating in an Angel tree ministry. Can’t wait to see what God has in store for us and the families we will be helping!

  35. Nicole Kurkowski October 17, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    It’s good to give generously because He gave us more than we could ever repay: forgiveness, eternal life (to name a few) because of Jesus. As we burst with gratitutide, we can’t help but want to give generously with hearts full of love. We can’t outgive God. And it’s fun to watch how He faithfully continues to replenish our supply as we give it away. He’s a generous, faithful, loving Father. I want to be obedient to show my gratitude and honor Him for loving me beyond measure.

  36. Joy Brimingham October 17, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    I believe it’s good to give generously because that is when I feel I am being the most Christ-like that I can be on this earth. I love blessing others, especially in secret or when I know they can not repay me. Not because it boosts my ego, but because that is when I feel God’s spirit most alive in me. I don’t want to live even one day without feeling his presence in me, beside me and all around me.

  37. Susan G. October 17, 2015 at 1:28 am #

    It’s good to give generously because it’s such a blessing to give.
    If I am picked to receive your generous gift I will pass most of it on and bless someone else…
    This was such a good teaching blog.
    May you be blessed Liz!

  38. Lesley October 17, 2015 at 2:38 am #

    I think this really challenges us on “how and why we give” and even when we love to give, is it more because we love to see the response to our giving – it makes us feel better! i love to give but sometimes I know I miss opportunities so my prayer is to listen to Gods prompting more and to act on it with love, generosity and joy.

  39. Kathy October 17, 2015 at 2:57 am #

    It is good to give because it blesses others. It is not only money, but our time. We spent 2 1/2 years caring for my mother-in-law and what a blessing. The fun times we had. Her getting to do things she never got to do. We had to leave her, but we know we did our best for her. Thank you Liz for writing and sharing your heart!

  40. Cynthia Caraway October 17, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    God loves it when we give and bless others, and it blesses us!

  41. Elizabeth Pierce October 17, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Giving generously is not always an actual gift a it can be a kind word or encouraging someone or visiting someone and often you come away more blessed. Often it is easier to give than to receive.x

  42. Jean Riczko October 17, 2015 at 5:53 am #

    Love this bible study. I cannot get out evenings for a bible study. God provided this one for me.
    God is working through you. Bless you.

  43. Patti Goldrick October 17, 2015 at 5:58 am #

    God wants us to be cheerful giver’s when he set the example by giving his son to us. I give because I want to please God. Thank you for giving your words of truth to us and being a good example for us.

  44. Ana S October 17, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    Liz, thank you for your own gifts, each bearing your heart, for us. Your testimonies are skillfully written and spoken with grace and wisdom, and always infuse me with joy, as I learn more about Him and His love for us.

  45. Digna Kelly October 17, 2015 at 6:34 am #

    Giving for the joy of it brings peace and joy. It’s extra special when there is a need and you can give in secret .

  46. Crystal October 17, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    I am so thankful for you and your ministry! I learn something new about God’s Word every time I read a post. Thank you for your witness!

  47. Jan Heyer October 17, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    It’s good to give generously because it warms God’s heart.
    Thank you Liz for your generosity . I feel blessed after reading & studying the Bible studies you post.

  48. Linda H October 17, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    To give generously is an extension of God’s love. The process of giving takes my mind off myself and opens my eyes to the needs around me. I love to give something I have made because it means during the process I have prayed for that person and their needs. Loved your idea about the hotel. I love the element of surprise with giving that will not give attention to myself. Thanks Liz that even though short and simple it speaks volunes to me.

  49. Paula Timpson October 17, 2015 at 7:50 am #

    To give is to be free
    and holy
    and happy

  50. Angela October 17, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    It’s good to give generously because God has given so generously to me.

  51. Lawan Rivera October 17, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    It’s good to give generously because it is in obedience to God and it feels so good!

  52. Agnes McElya Butler October 17, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    God gave forward when He gave His Son; I feel I am to follow His example. Besides it is easier to give and know the joy of giving than to try to live with myself when I miss opportunities. My calling is nursing and I love to bring comfort and smiles into peoples lives. Keep encouraging Liz.

  53. Karen Whitehead October 17, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    Thank you, Liz. Your insights always go straight to my heart. I want to give generously although I don’t have much money but I can give of my time, I can do small acts of kindnesses for others. I want to do well in the sight of the Lord.

  54. Linnie October 17, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    I am always blessed by your devotionals. Giving is an act of worship to our King. p

  55. Julie Lahr October 17, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    God loves a cheerful giver, and freely gives us more than we can ask for or expect. The Lord has gifted me with the spiritual gift of Giving, and I feel privileged to be able to bless others in the name of Jesus! I am but a vessel thru whom God’s blessings may flow! Wow!
    Even though I am on this earth for a brief time, my Lord may use me to make a difference in the lives of others for the Glory of His Kingdom!
    What a privilege and honor!
    Abundant blessings to all, In Jesus Name! Julie

  56. Desiree October 17, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    Giving is what we do because we love Jesus. He is our best example of giving. He gave it all for us upon the cross.

  57. Mary October 17, 2015 at 9:21 am #

    I love giving to others through lending a hand with something. It’s wonderful to see the stress lift from others faces and shoulders when their load is lifted. Then they go away smiling.

  58. Diana Roe October 17, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Liz, your comment that “we do it to bless, not to impress, but sometimes we secretly hope we’ll knock the person’s socks off with our generosity” hit me right between the eyes. That’s where I find myself so much of the time. My prayer is that God would heal me of my self-centeredness and desire to be recognized.

  59. Cindy jewell October 17, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    2 grand babies, 1 in Japan and 1 on the way. This will be a great way to introduce and teach God’s love and grace. Thank you for sharing and teaching what God gives you.

  60. Billie Conrad October 17, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I don’t have any children of the age for the parables book in my immediate family right now; but I would love to share it with some of my church family if I win. Thanks!

  61. Brenda Williams October 17, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    Ir’s good to give generously because we show we understand God’s greatest gift to us; His son Jesus.
    And that we must follow His example to give generously.

  62. Bonnie olive October 17, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    I am enjoying your Queen of Sheba so much and learning new insights every week . Thank you for sharing your heart .

  63. Mary October 17, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    It is good to give generously because it expands the heart and enables you to give again. More importantly it prepares you, AIDS you in receiving God’s love. None of us deserved to be loved. It is Always a gift freely give. Generosity helps us to love and be loved.

  64. Mary October 17, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    It is good to give generously because it expands the heart and enables you to give again. More importantly it prepares you, AIDS you in receiving God’s love. None of us deserved to be loved. It is Always a gift freely give. Generosity helps us to love and be loved.

  65. Marilyn Downs October 17, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    I am so thankful to you, Liz Curtis Higgs for what you have shared with me through God’s word. I have also been blessed to read your books and to hear you minister in person at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. You let me share with you the story of my mother’s home going and how I was able to tell my mother to reach out and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and that he would heal her and take her in His arms. She passed on within a minute of that final conversation and I thank you for writing “Really Bad Girls of the Bible” and bringing me comfort and truth during the most difficult time of my life. You are truly my sister in Christ and I’m so glad to be part of the whole Christian family.

  66. Alana Morgan October 17, 2015 at 11:19 am #


    You are such a gracious giver! Thanks to you and the makers of books and all things grand for this opportunity.

    I LOVE this study filled with riches I had not even considered!

    God Bless you and yours.

  67. Bonnie Root October 17, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    From a very young age my father has always taught all five of us, “God loves a cheerful giver.” As we got older of course he added more to the lesson including picking up hitchhikers often and giving to anyone who asked giving all that he had. He often referenced the verse where Jesus taught that if a man asks you for your shirt you should give your coat too. Daddy lives it to this day. For years I have tried to live by that example not just because I know it is right but because when I do the right thing my spirit immediately confirms it. I was looking up scripture and today as I reread 2 Corinthians 9:12 and it says not only should we give generously because it is right but because our generosity will result in an outpouring of praise to God. Triple the blessing!!! Love it!

  68. Valerie October 17, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    It’s good to give generously because I lIke myself better that way.

  69. Sarah October 17, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    I love the joy I experience:) I used to tithe out of obedience, not grudgingly, but not with joy, either. I started to pray about it, earnestly, and gradually over the years, I can say I look forward to writing that weekly check. And God’s promise about proving Him and the windows of heaven will be opened. …TRUE. I am constantly amazed at how our paycheck amount remains the same, but how it stretches so much further these days leaves me speechless!

  70. Carol Weeks October 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    When you give generously, you are pouring out God’s blessings so that He can pour more blessings into you so that you can pour out God’s blessings and on and on…

  71. Aloaha Voth October 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I have a dear friend who is teaching me by example how to be generous. We sew together with a group of fun loving godly ladies. Betty is always buying us gadgets for our machines. Lately she bought us all pillows! So I walk in thinking I’m going to be generous too with 2 dozen cage free eggs. She had a ceramic jar with a chicken on it to give us! I’m not going to try to out do her. I’m graciously thankful for a friend like her.

  72. Terra October 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Thank the lord for his amazing generosity! And thank you Liz for reminding us!

  73. Peggy S October 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    For me the reason to give generously is because it all belongs to God anyway. Recently my mother passed away and I inherited a small amount of money (tons to me who has never solo owned anything!). I’ve had so much joy in giving monetarily to my missionaries! And I still have more to give. That is so awesome. And fun!

  74. Sandi Lange October 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Hi Liz, Would so love to win both books. I have a little 5 year old grandson that would enjoy the Parable book I’m sure.

  75. Diane Estep October 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    Yes. Giving gives me the greatest great! We truly cannot out give God!!❤️?❤️

  76. Shannon October 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Sharing generously makes my tickle and it bubbles out of me and makes me want to share more! It’s amazing how many forms of sharing keeps filling me up inside instead of emptying me out! Only God could create such a wonder!

  77. Connie Lynn October 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Giving and sharing is so much fun! It fills something in my heart. I would love to read your children’s book to my young niece and nephew.

    On a side note, I’m so glad to have “discovered” you!…which was just recently. I am looking forward to what I can learn from you in regards to using my imagination in learning to write fiction. I was excited to read in your last blog post that you write historical fiction, and that one of your series is set in Scotland. My husband is from Scotland, so that setting is of great interest to me!

  78. Dawn October 18, 2015 at 12:01 am #

    I just love the email I received . It will be my inspiration for the pre-Thanksgiving season.

  79. Jeana Miller October 18, 2015 at 1:00 am #

    Liz, as always, your words of enCOURAGEment add wind to my sails; although this particular discussion has me pondering what to do as I realize the joy in my giving in a certain area has evaporated.

    It would be a double blessing to win your Parables Collection and the Dayspring journal. Thank you. Love.

  80. Maiaa Ohlson October 18, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    It’s good to give generously because it is beter to give then to receive.
    There is so much joy in giving.

  81. colleen October 18, 2015 at 4:25 am #

    It’s for the sheer joy! Watching and waiting for God’s timing and go ahead to give…..sometimes not even knowing the circumstances for the need. Finding out I heard from the LORD and letting them know how much Jesus must care for them since He moved in my heart to be sure they were provided for. Love how all this works together.
    Thank-you, Liz for this encouragement from the word…..and your heart.

  82. Elaine October 18, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    It’s good to give generously, because it pleases God. It also brings joy to both the giver and recipient.

  83. Shanda October 18, 2015 at 7:58 am #

    I’ve been on the receiving end of so many blessings due to others giving! I want to return that, but so many times focus on not having enough money to do so. God really spoke to me through this post on being available to give, even in my current financial situation. Blessings!

  84. Dawn Webb October 18, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    My 6 year old grandson attends church regularly but it is a small church with no sunday school classes. He learns a lot from listening to the sermon but I think the book would help him learn more on his level.
    Thanks for a chance to win the book.

  85. Anna Tucker October 18, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Giving is such a blessing! It warms my heart to give generously, just as the Lord gives so generously to us.

  86. Gwen October 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Giving is our acknowledgement that everything we have belongs to The Lord. He is gracious to allow it to pass through our hands in the way to bless one of His kids!

  87. Sherri October 18, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    You can never outgive God – when He prompts you to give, you can be assured He will take care of you, even when that giving is a sacrifice.

  88. Kristi Weaver October 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    God multiples what we give, then He blesses both the recipient & the giver.

  89. Ruth October 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    You are truly an encourager and I treasure the words you share, and repeat them to my friends many times. Thank you for being obedient to the calling as a writer.

  90. Debbie Deaven October 19, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    It’s good to give generously because God gave so generously to us and there is joy in giving !

  91. Amy October 19, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    I really love the idea of leaving that verse on the notepad in hotel rooms along with a tip! I think that might be a neat thing to do in restaurants too…I’m gonna try it! 🙂 It’s not only a reminder to the hotel staff/wait staff, but also a reminder to me of WHY I’m giving…not because of who I am, but because of who HE is, and that I am serving Him!

  92. Sally Beale October 19, 2015 at 6:59 am #

    Just as God uses our suffering to carve a compassionate place in us to comfort others in their suffering, I believe in the same way He uses what we have in terms of material goods, time, etc. to share with others. The byproduct of giving time to the very young, the elderly and the poor, all of whom cannot give back, blesses me more than I could ever bless them.

  93. Blanche Hake October 19, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    The Lord has blessed me in so many ways. I have been able to follow a profession that I use even now in retirement. It gives me great joy to give to my family, but especially to those who are in need, or who cannot return a gift. Bless you Liz for doing these studies. Your first book that I read was “Mad Mary,” and I was hooked. I look forward to every new book that is published. I was also surprised to meet you at a Women of Faith Festival in Philadelphia a long time ago. Thank you for the studies, and may you be blessed to publish more.

  94. Ammie October 19, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    It is good to give generously because it reminds me of how blessed I am when I am able to help someone in need. My husband often jokes that I would give our own groceries and clothes away if he let me…and I just might if I thought someone needed them more than me. It sounds trite, yet it truly is a joy and warming to my hear to give to someone else. Even better if I can do so anonymously, yet still get to witness the gratefulness of the recipient!

  95. Jeanne October 19, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    God gives to us / me so generously even when I don’t deserve it, when I deserved his wrath instead. Wow! Can you imagine the depth, breadth, heighth of that love? Wow! The only way I can honor and thank him for that love is to show love to others in a similar way. It could never be the same bit I must do my best with the help and the power of the Holy Spirit.

  96. Joanne Wallace October 19, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    We can never out give God.

  97. Margie October 19, 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Your books have been such a blessing to me! Thanks so much for obeying God & sharing your talent for uplifting writing with so many. You are definitely being used by God! Keep smiling!

  98. Vicki Johnson October 19, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    It is good to give generously because…….

    God, in His goodness gave generously to me. I know my Supplier has an endless inventory so why not be the one to spread the joy and let people know I am loved by a Good God?

  99. Marilyn October 19, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    because we gave been given so much in advance. As one responding said, We cannot OUT GIVE GOD!

  100. Susan October 19, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Giving freely loosens your heart and allows joy to permeate all areas of your being.

  101. Laura Young October 19, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    It is good to give generously because we can’t even imagine for what final outcome God might use that gift! In thinking about “never again were so many spices brought in as those the queen of Sheba gave,” I remembered that Exodus (30:34-38) gives detailed instructions about incense being used in Tabernacle/Temple worship. “Take fragrant spices . . . and pure frankincense . . . and make a fragrant blend . . . pure and sacred . . . consider it holy to the LORD.” Sheba planned to give these spices to impress a king; they probably ended up being used to worship the one true God that Sheba herself came to know and praise!

  102. Debbie Harden October 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Giving as a way of being grateful! Never thought of it that way. Thank you! I am anxiously anticipating seeing you in Modesto, CA next spring. Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift and the opportunity to hear you speak.

  103. Renee Schultz October 19, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    It’s good to give generously because it shows our faith and love for God and it opens our heart for others which ends up blessing them and us.

  104. Kate Kupenova October 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    It is good to give generously because giving is one of the best things that makes you genuinely happy and satisfied.

  105. Julie October 20, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Living generously fulfills our calling to be like Christ- He gave up all to give us everything-and we imitate Him by having open hands and open hearts.

  106. Lynette October 20, 2015 at 5:26 am #

    So blessed to have seen this post, and of course I’d love to be a winner!

  107. Leah McIlvain October 20, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    It is a blessing to give to others, because the my cup is overflowing with the blessings that God has bestowed on me! “Brighten the corner where you are… someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar, brighten the corner where you are!”

  108. Kristen d October 20, 2015 at 5:44 am #

    my bible study last week was about how being obedient to God shows us our love for Him. Giving generously is something I have to pray about a lot. A lot. Thankful He is still working on me.

  109. Pam October 20, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    It is good to give generously because. Period. I used to greatly dislike the answer “because” but, as I get older, it makes more sense. I still don’t always like it but, I get it!! Sure, I could fill in the blank with reasons but, how can I not give generously when He has LAVISHED His great love, grace, mercy and blessings on my life JUST BECAUSE He is!!??
    As a weekday education director, I LOVE your books for children. I have used them for years. The truths are marvelous, the artwork so very happy and the seeds planted will produce great faith!! Thank you!!

  110. Mary McGinnis October 20, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    It’s good to give generously because every time we do we reflect the Most Generous Giver ever – our God.

  111. Clair Herrera October 20, 2015 at 5:53 am #

    This is a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for putting ‘giving’ into perspective. It’s easy to give, but to give cheerfully and hilariously is what we should be doing!!! Praying God continues to work on my heart to not focus on the gift, but the giving 🙂

  112. Alexia Boyd October 20, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Liz, you are a daughter of the King and you share your gifts with your sisters freely. You have bless me so many times and ways. I have read many of your books and share them with others. My sister just accepted Jesus on Oct 9th, 2015 and now I am praying for her growing in God’s love, Grace, peace and joy. She is my older sister and have been praying for her salvation for years. Thank you for your giving away your love and partner in this wonderful give away. Your sister in Christ

  113. Joanne Lombardo October 20, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    I would cherish being able to present my 4 year old granddaughter with your book of parables. God has granted you the gift of writing and public speaking and for that millions are impacted by your love of spreading the word to all God’s children.

  114. Lisa October 20, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    This would be such a gift! My children, as well as those I teach, would love the Parables Treasury, and the journal would be a blessing.

  115. Joan Litton October 20, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    i had a Godly grandmother who had little in earthly treasure, but she had an overflowing love for others. She was poor by the world’s standards, but she gave even when she had little. From a child, I watched her giving. The gift of giving seemed to come naturally to me, and I thank God for it. It has brought me an an abundance of joy. It is truly good to give generously. .

    Thank you Liz and DaySpring for an opportunity to win your children’s book and a beautiful journal.

  116. Mary Scott October 20, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    God has blessed me so much, how could I not give to others? I am blessed and they are blessed. Therefore, it is a double blessing. Especially love blessing my children and grandchildren, who are serving overseas.

  117. Mary Jane Miller October 20, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    Love Liz’s teachings. It would be an honor to win some of her work!

  118. Jodi Kosary October 20, 2015 at 6:33 am #

    Giving generously no matter how much or how little is a blessing to both giver and receiver.

  119. Darleen October 20, 2015 at 6:35 am #

    To be a good giver, we must also be a good receiver. As a child growing up in poverty, we were blessed by several family friends who got us through may difficult times. Those good Christian folks were paying it forward. Now, because of God’s great mercy and love, we are able to do the same. To God be all the glory!

  120. Sondra McCarty October 20, 2015 at 6:43 am #

    It’s good to give because that is what God wants us to do but also I am always so blessed and it makes my heart happy to give cheerfully. To me giving is a part of worship. Giving gives me joy. Thank you, Liz for all the encouragement and inspiration you share with us. Happy Fall Y’all! Blessings. Sondra McCarty

  121. Holly October 20, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    When we give generously to others, we are really giving two gifts: one is the gift we give to another, and one is the gift we give God by keeping His word in a way that honors Him. What could be better? To give joy and delight to a friend, and to give in a way that pleases our Lord . . .

  122. Joann Keatts October 20, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    I have always received great pleasure from gift giving. My late husband used to tell me if I became a millionaire it would only last a day because I’d give it all away. Nothing gives me greater pleasure when I have a few $$$ extra or even when I don’t have extra, than to place it in an envelope or leave it to be found by one who I know needs it. It is much more blessed to give than to receive. I so want these books for my foster grands. I always try to make sure they receive something inspirational in their Christmas gifts. Thank you, Liz for all you do for others! May God richly bless!

  123. Jennifer Foster October 20, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    It’s good to give generously because all that we have been given has been given to us by our Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

  124. Mindy October 20, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Love all of your books! I would love to get this one for my daughter!

  125. Terry Harcrow October 20, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    I give to a child to see their eyes light up, that great big smile and the hug that follows. Then you pray they want you to read the book to them. So you get the blessing reading to a child brings.

  126. Deborah Duke October 20, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Giving out of love hasn’t always been easy for me, but I have a living, giving, heavenly Father who is teaching me through His son how to be generous. It needs to become second nature to us. Thank you for helping us learn and share.

  127. Cindy G October 20, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Liz thank you for giving the gift of sharing your heart to encourage others. Thank you for sharing what God has taught you in sure wonderful living color. I love hearing you speak and reading your devotions and your books. You are a blessing.

  128. Kathy Payne October 20, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    I would love to share with my little great niece who is 6. She has a beautiful heart for others.

  129. Kathy Tanner October 20, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Liz, thanks for giving to us that we might be encouraged spiritually

  130. Marilyn October 20, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Thank you for sharing about leaving the verse 1 John 4:11 with a tip for service.

  131. Rosie Hawkins October 20, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Love Liz Curtis Higgs books…can’t wait to get my granddaughters hooked on her many lessons to learn! Liz you have such a beautiful spirit…so bubblily…

  132. Mona October 20, 2015 at 8:19 am #

    Wonderful. I love reading your books.

  133. deanna edgar October 20, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Giving generously is the example set before us. I also want to model that behavior so that my daughter will learn to generously give.

  134. Jolene October 20, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    I so enjoy giving to others and often take much too long to get a gift because I want it to be meaningful to the recipient.

  135. Tyna Begley October 20, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    It’s good to give generously because this is how God dispenses His grace to His people.

  136. Helen Wilson October 20, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    I would love to have these for our homeschool!

  137. Julie T. October 20, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Love Liz and would love these books …new grandbaby coming next month!

  138. Barbara Alkema October 20, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Good morning Liz, I would love to be a winner of your Parable Treasary and the journal for our grandchildren for a Christmas gift….for all your encouraging words. They love me to read to them. Blessings to you, Liz. ?

  139. Jane Gardner October 20, 2015 at 9:11 am #

    How can we not give generously…Christ gave all for us! And, to quote a friend’s mother, “I never saw a hearse pulling a U-Haul!” We can’t take things with us, let’s use what God has given us while we are here!!!

  140. Gina October 20, 2015 at 9:44 am #

    It’s good to give generously because when we do, we’re acting more like God than any other time in our Christian walk. God gave it all when he gave his son: he held nothing back-gave his best. When we give hilariously we bless the Lord. His giving satisfies a lost world, and that’s what we need to do as well-when we give back a portion of what he’s given to us.

  141. Gina October 20, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Here’s part II- a testimony. Recently I paid off my mortgage. When I asked the Lord, how can this be? he said: because you’ve given generously to others, I want to give back to you. We never give to get-but God does pay back 10 fold when we do it from the heart out of the overflow of the love he’s given to us.

  142. Carla Lambright October 20, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    its been my great pleasure to listen to Liz teach & encourage,meet her, & eagerly anticipate going to Scotland with her in 2016, should the Lord tarry His coming that long. She makes me think of things, even in familiar passages, that I’ve never thought of or seen that way before. Only God can create in us a clean heart, that will love & give generously. I’d love to win this & practice being a better mom & MawMaw

  143. Bobbi October 20, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Would love to win this and share it with my children. I just read The Pumpkin Patch Parable to my son. He has to read several books each month as a part of his reading program at school and he chose that one as his first book. Would love to read all of the other parables to him as well.

  144. Bobbi October 20, 2015 at 11:00 am #

    It is good to give generously as a way to display Christ in the earth. He gave so generously and freely to us and we can show others His love by giving generously, without expectation, to them.

  145. Pamela Brock October 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Liz, so appreciate all your thoughts, and the love that go’s into it.

    Blessings, Pamela

  146. Shanna Rodgers October 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Trying to find ways to teach my son about God, this would be perfect!

  147. Carol Grainger-Smith October 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    It is good to give generously because you cannot out give God.

  148. Kristal Breeze October 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    God has blessed me and my family so much I want to give so others may be blessed also. God is so good!

  149. Barbara Gibson October 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    It is good to be a gracious receiver because it gives the giver an opportunity to obey God’s leading ,and shows those around you God’s faithfulness.

  150. Alice Tooker October 21, 2015 at 5:57 am #

    God has been so giving to me and it is true giving makes you very happy.

  151. Anita Lindeman October 21, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    Usually when we give with a cheerful heart, we are blessed beyond measure. God blesses us triple-fold. My daughter was flooded out in April twice, 10 days apart. It was an older home and needed some work, but God has blessed her triple-fold with a beautiful new house! That is how God works for his children! When we love God and other’s first, then He is able to work through us. Love your blogs sister in Christ!

  152. Angie N October 23, 2015 at 6:13 am #

    Giving generously is what God asks us to do; if you remember that, then you can’t help but do it cheerfully! My grandson would love this book! Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

  153. Margret November 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Dear Liz:
    We recently went to a joyful family event: our niece’s wedding, I brought 10 copies of “It’s Good to be Queen” & gave them to the Bride, her Mom, her favorite Aunt, her 2 other aunts, her girl cousins and our granddaughters, and the 1 friend who gave me her time.

    So we could altogether read, study and share our insights of Sheba.

    We began learning the gift of hospitality shortly after coming to The Lord. We began by inviting a few of the singles to our home or out for lunch. We then had people who were facing hard times live with us: a seminary student who today leads a congregation. We shared food from Costco with single parents when my husband was horrified their dads were not doing enough: they needed milk for bones, veggies fruit & meats to grow. We divvied up in the parking lot with baggies after she got off work, or at our home. We helped another family whose home was being repaired after the Earthquake. I’ve given away closets full and libraries. We also hosted missionary couples home on furlough. So many needs so many ways to bless and be blessed.

    We are in the midst of downsizing and my adult children are helping me go thru and give. My sister in love shared with me a group who houses homeless families and gets them back on good standing! So many ways!

    Takes so little to stretch a meal and spread it farther. To give an abused wife (& kids) a safe refuge for a time.

    Our Messiah had no place to lay His Head, and when He came for dinner it was an extra Baker’s Dozen. Yet He urges us to give in His Name!

    There is also the need for wisdom and not placing your children and family in jeopardy. There are also those who took advantage but God sees and knows hearts. Start by stepping out of your comfort zone! See how much of your Kingdom you as a Queen have privilege over to share, give:)