Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Pleasures: Giving Freely


There was a time in our lives when I would get to the 30th or 31st of each month, know the mortgage was due the next day, and have absolutely no idea how we would pay it.

I am a long-range planner, people, so this kind of thing was definitely not my cup of tea.  I knew that we were following God. I knew that we were in His will.  But knowing and trusting are two different things and there was always the inkling of doubt.

I know He can provide, but will He?

And each month, He did.  But it wasn't like the sky opened up and dollar bills started dancing down into my arms.  He provided by asking people to fill our needs.  And, thankfully, His lovely people responded.  They gave.  They gave freely.  They gave joyfully and without strings.

And now, I know He can provide and He will.

I am thankful now that we are in a better place financially.  I am thankful that I can give.  I am thankful that I can be one that He calls to ask, Will you provide?


It is a pleasure to give.  It is a simple pleasure to give freely, without expecting reciprocity, without strings, without baggage.

If you are hearing God ask you, Will you provide? I would invite you to Big Fat Mama's place.  She almost quit blogging because, well, I'll let her tell you.  But out of that decision, a new ministry was born, called A Meal in the  Mail.  Big Fat Mama makes it so easy to give directly to people who are hurting, who are in need, who are desperate for provision.  Please visit her by clicking here and enjoy the simple pleasure of giving.


For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
    “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
   “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25: 35-40

I'm linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
Project Simple Pleasures2

15 comments :

  1. Oh Jen...this has surely touched my heart.

    I have been there for a time, and now I am there again...and Our Lord continues to provide through means that constantly amaze me!

    M.

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  2. Yes, I agree, it's truly a pleasure to give. Just the other day I was reading at how the lord told Israel to give to the building of the tabernacle and he specified my paraphrase here "those whose had willing and free hearts to give, no strings attached to it".
    Blessings to you dear friend,
    Katia

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  3. Your post was so honest and tender .
    God bless you,
    Dottie

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  4. Jen :) We too have been there in the place of wondering how we were going to make it through the month, and yes, He always provided. It sometimes is so amazing to me that He cares that much about each and every one of us, He really is a God that loves with no boundaries! Thank you Jen for sharing, beautiful as always!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing A Meal in the Mail ministry with others! I look forward to linking up again next week too.

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  6. I have found over the years, that when things start getting tough, some how God always provides, Some times it's a little thing like an unexpected rebate check That I had forgotten about, or an unexpected bonus in my pay. Never a large amount but always just when I seem to need it most. He never promised to give me an abunance he just promised to fullfill my NEEDS.

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  7. Jen this is so good!
    To give be able to give freely as you have received is such a blessing.
    Many of us have been through tough times lately - my hubby and I have just recently. More than once we found an envelope in our mailbox that contained money. No name..just addressed to us. God is awesome. He is FATHER!
    I will vist Big Fat Momma.
    bless you dear lady..Trish

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  8. Jen, this is so beautiful and real, I love it. I love how God uses our mortgages or meals or anything He wants to, as a story for His kingdom.

    Sometimes do you ever long for those days of old? I love security, but sometimes I long to be reminded of complete dependence in each thing. Scary writing that, and I admit that I'm scared that I'm inviting a test...How bold and real is my faith, then? Yet again, you've got me thinking :)

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  9. We forget so often that it is God who provides, it's not all about us being good financially, or whatever. Lovely post.

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  10. your posts/thoughts always touch me Jen... and me too I've found "And now, I know He can provide and He will." this to be true. Going to check out Big Fat Mama.....

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  11. Jen, I too have been there. My husband was without a job for 9 months. Plain white envelopes were handed to us each month, never knew who gave them, but the pastor would hand them to us. Filling the needs - now we have been able to give. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are blessing some one! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful Simple Pleasure. Joining you at Dayle's it has been awhile.

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  12. I've been on the receiving end of the hand of God that was attached to the arm of those who gave freely.

    It changed my life. It changed my perspective, and it changed my faith.
    THANK GOD for that.

    I will be clicking that link now.

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  13. Jen, this is beautiful. I find such joy in giving to others, with no expectations. What a great simple pleasure. And sometimes giving can be a simple smile, or something that doesn't cost us anything.

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  14. Beautiful post! Each day is given to us so that we might give back in some way and each and every day. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

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  15. This is such a beautiful post! For the past 5 months, I have been tithing. Back in August, I got an idea from a friend about saving by rounding up the money we spend. I made this plan with my husband that bi-weekly whatever we saved, we would put in our savings account. However, the next day the holy spirit put on my heart to give it to our church. (Before this, we only gave twice in the year and half we have been there.) I didn't want to but I knew it was what God had for me so I did it. We don't do it very often as bi-weekly but when we have the chance to give the money, we do it. I give it joyfully because I know this is to help the friends we have who are missionaries in Thailand at the moment, to the local food bank, and to bring people in to be closer to God.

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