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
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