The Giving Tree has been an adventure with God, learning how to hear his voice, how to love, and how to give from our hearts. Through this blog we hope to bring healing to broken hearts, hope to the discouraged, and to share the love of Jesus with all who would listen,

The Giving Tree goes beyind nominal Christianity to illustrate what it means to be a child of God, depending on our Father for everything and knowing in the depths of our hearts that we rest securely in his love and will never lack for anything.

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The Misuse of Power and Abuse

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

No weapon formed against you will prevail,
And you will refute every tongue that accuses you
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord-Isaiah 55:17

There tends to be a great imbalance of power between the abused and the abuser. Therefore, the abusive relationship is dominated by a misuse of power by the abuser. In the case of abusive husbands, this is a terrible distortion of the servant headship model that Jesus defines in Ephe...

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Outrageous Grace

Posted on April 5, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raise us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in kindness to us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-10

I have heard many definitions of the word “grace” over the years, but all ...

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Be Still and Know that He is God

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Be still and know that I am God –Psalm 46:10

There are times in our lives when we are truly in the deepest darkest valley with no way out. Perhaps it is the result of our own bad decisions. Perhaps it is the evil handiwork of others. In either case, we are faced with a choice, a choice that will determine the ultimate outcome.

The choice with which we are faced is what will our focus be? We can focus on the depth of the valley. We can focus on the height and steepness ...

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Child of God

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Child Of God

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:28-29


Many know the work of Jesus as salvation and they may have Jesus as Savior, but they never really grasp the relationship that opens up with God, the Father as a r...

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The Secret to Joy

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, one of the hallmarks of being a Christian. Many of us, however, struggle with a chronic lack of joy because of the troubles in our lives.

Remember that joy, unlike happiness, should not be dependent on our circumstances. Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and, in fact, one of the names of Holy Spirit is “Oil of Joy”. I have ofte...

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The Freedom of Forgiveness

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

Many Christians do not understand that forgiveness is a command, not an option. Unfortunately, we live in a world where some people will use their freedom of choice to hurt others. Some husbands who have taken a vow at the altar in marriage “to love, honor, and cherish” will choose in...

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God's Extravagant Gift - A Car!

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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I just want to thank God for my new car.  About a year ago, a friend of mine had a dream that a car was coming ...

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