It’s like sugar…

(Deuteronomy 15:7-11) 7 If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought: “The seventh year, the year for canceling debts, is near,” so that you do not show ill will toward the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

If you work hard, and you still have very little, it can be truly difficult to give.  Generosity is not always a natural tendency.  It’s hard to let go of hard-earned money and resources, especially when our society tells us that the under-privileged are constantly looking for a handout. 

However, beyond what any media plays into our minds, past all of our fears and misgivings about the intentions of people who say they are in need, we are called to love.  Does love not encompass provision and care in times of hardship?  We are so quick to jump up and fix a meal for our church family member who is sick or the family who has just had a baby.  We readily make pies, cakes, casseroles and whatever else is needed for the church potluck.  We support fundraisers for the youth group and children’s department, and we give toward projects that better our facilities.  Please understand…these things are wonderful and we should continue to support such efforts, but I am also suggesting that it should be just as easy for us to respond to the need of a stranger. 

We can do more.  I can do more. 

In Jefferson County Public Schools alone, there are approximately 7,000 homeless students.  These students rely on SCHOOL to have shelter and food throughout the day.  They are the children who never miss a day because they have the guarantee of a full belly and safety.  I’m sorry, but when did this become the responsibility of the government?  Do we dare even wonder why so many look down on the church when, in the grand scheme of it all, we do so little?

Why do you think so many people were willing to listen to Christ, follow Him, face persecution possibly unto death for Him, and loved Him without question or condition?  It wasn’t because of a beautiful facility He was able to speak in, or because He put on fun social events…it was because He responded to the needs of people who were cast away.  He healed, fed, loved and nurtured the hurt, sick and poor people.  He responded.  If we are to truly be His hands and feet, His representation, His church, then we have to do better.  We can’t worry any longer about tomorrow.  Our faith tells us that tomorrow will worry about itself.

Matthew 6: 38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 

It’s like sugar…

This passage always makes me think about when you are using brown sugar in a recipe and you have to pack it down into the measuring cup.  You may be measuring it with the exact same cup that you use to measure white sugar, but that brown sugar is able to be pressed down to the point that it far surpasses the amount of white sugar that you are able to get into that vessel.  When you give, maybe what you are able to do only amounts to a cup of plain white sugar, but if you give it in love and in good faith, expecting the best, God returns that cup with a packed down double blessing.  Just like that brown sugar, He will surprise you by packing your life with a more abundant blessing, and the sweetness of what He has ready to give, you can’t possibly understand. 

And remember…all that you’ve acquired, or hope to obtain…it’s all just stuff that you can’t take with you when you’re gone…stuff that was never truly yours to begin with…so you might as well give a little…or a lot…if you dare.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me to have open hands and a softer heart when it comes to those in need.  Give me the opportunity and desire to respond accordingly.  I know that You will never leave me forsaken, as I endeavor to do Your work.  Amen.

Joyful Giver

“They will be my people and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I ill put a desire in their hearts to worship me , and they will never leave me. I will find joy doing good for them and will faithfully and whole-heartedly replant them in this land.” — Jeremiah 32:38-41

I am the worst gift giver.

For one, I couldn’t wrap a gift neatly if my life depended on it. At Christmas, there are always beautiful packages under the tree for everyone except my wife. Since I’m the one who wraps her gifts, they usually end up hidden somewhere in the back where no one can see them. When gift bags with some crumpled tissue paper became a thing, I rejoiced!

But worse than that, is that once I have purchased a gift for someone, I can barely contain myself until I give it to them. I have ruined many surprises because I just can’t help giving it away…I’m too excited! That’s the real reason that I wait until the last minute to do my Christmas and birthday shopping because then the agony of waiting to give the gift is shortened. Elizabeth’s brother and his wife usually have all of their Christmas shopping done by the time Black Friday rolls around and I think they’re crazy. If I have found the perfect gift for someone and purchased it, I don’t want it to collect dust in the closet for a month. I want to give it to them now!

Maybe I’m the crazy one…or maybe I’m just made in the image of my Heavenly Father.

When you read Scripture, you see a picture of a God who desires to bless his people. Go all the way back to Eden, and you see that when God had completed the process of creation and had fashioned Adam & Eve, he immediately gave it all to them!

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the seas, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground — everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
Then God looked over all he had made and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:28-30)

God had crafted the world with great care and attention, but He didn’t do it for Himself. He made the world to share it with us!

As you continue reading, you see how God was good to his people, pouring out blessing after blessing to those who were faithful. Even when the Israelites turned from Him, God declared the blessings that he wanted to give them:

“If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight.” (Malachi 3:10-12)

And the giving didn’t stop in the Old Testament. He expanded the scope of His new covenant from “Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” He gave His only Son to show us the way, and pay the price of redemption. He gave us His Holy Spirit to empower, counsel and comfort us. He gave us each a spiritual gift, to build each other up. Like ocean waves, the gifts just keep on coming.

We often hear the phrase “joyful giver” used to describe what our attitude should be towards God when we present our tithe and offerings to Him. When we take this approach, we are simply following in the steps of our Father who delights in blessing His children. Let’s all take a minute today to count the many ways that God has brought blessing and abundance to our lives and let Him know how grateful we are!

PRAYER: Father, we just want to pause and take a minute to acknowledge the gracious gifts that you give us day-after-day. Every morning dawns brimming with promise and possibility because of Your great love. We are humbled by Your generosity to us, even though we are undeserving. We will declare your righteousness and unfailing love forever. Amen!

“Giving My Best”

(John 12: 3-8, NLT) 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. 4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. 7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Perspective is such an important part of our spiritual growth.  The goal is that we can and will eventually see things through the lens of our faith in Christ and our devotion to that faith, yet our vision tends to get easily skewed.  It is very easy to get caught up in the habits and motions of the things that we do for the cause of Christ.  We have these ideas in our minds about all of the things that we should be doing — all of which are good and righteous deeds…worthy causes indeed — but if we are not careful, something momentous gets lost among the bustle of our church business.  When we are constantly in motion, we begin to miss out on moments of intimacy — opportunities to just sit in the presence of Christ and just love on Him…to bless Him with the sacrifice of our time…giving Him the best part of ourselves first. 

Christianity is most definitely intended to be a life of service to others.  We should give of our time and resources to help support those who are needy and lost.  We should be creative in our programming and events…making sure that we put forth our very best…in an effort to reach people who might otherwise be unreachable.  We should work hard in all ways to better and further the Kingdom of God.  It is, after all, our Great Commission.  However…what good is any of that if we lose sight of the most important part of who we are in Christ…love…our first love…the greatest commandment of all?  It is only then, when we have taken the time from our busy work, that we are able to reset and rest in that place of freedom and peace that is only found at His feet.  Before we ever attempt to love others, we must make sure that we have first given Jesus the time and consideration that he so deserves.  We simply cannot not love others adequately if we are constantly missing out on these invaluable opportunities with our Lord.    

(Matthew 22: 37-39, NLT) 37 Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

It truly is all about perspective.  We desperately need to see this world through the eyes of Christ, and in order to do so, we desperately need to spend time with Him…to better know His word, His heart, and His will.  It is very similar to a marriage, actually!  When you get too busy and start to simply co-exist parallel with your spouse, things start to fall apart.  You may say you love your husband or wife, you may do all of the things you’re supposed to do for him or her, but if you never take the time to sit and share your heart with that person, it all just seems pretty pointless. 

Perspective.  Don’t let your work for Jesus overshadow your love for Him.  Give Him the best part of your day, and the biggest part of your heart.  He will, in turn, fill you with all of the time, resources, and anointing that you need…to the point of overflowing…in order to do His work.  All things for, through, and by Christ…He’s the only way.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I get distracted so easily by my busy schedule.  My heart is always in a good place, but not necessarily always in the best or right place, because when I am neglecting my time with You, I become misguided and I begin to see things through my own perspective rather than through Your eyes.  Help me to stay focused on You.  You deserve my best, and that is only accomplished when I love You first…before anyone or anything else.  Amen.

“You Only Get What You Give”

(James 2: 14-17, NLT) 14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Recently, I saw a need within a family that was far greater than what I could supply, yet their situation would not leave my heart and mind, so I decided to take action.  I began to reach out to people, and I was absolutely stunned by the response that I got on behalf of this family who had captured my heart.  I had become anxious — worrying about “how” and the Lord kindly urged me, “Just ask.”  So that’s what I did…and He did not disappoint.  Money and donations came absolutely flooding in, and I am still overwhelmed when I think of it all.  People were steadily asking me what they could do to help out, and I know that this was a direct response to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  The need was quickly supplied — exceedingly and OVER-abundantly!   God did that, and He was able to do so because of His children putting their faith into action. 

You may see a need, have compassion in your heart for the situation, and even consider the ways that you could help, but without the actual administration of care and concern — by ministering to the physical needs through provision, shelter, resources and attention — your compassion is a farce.  Fake.  Phony.  …it is dead and useless.

Compassion is that compound emotion that should move our hearts so deeply that we have no choice but to take action.  An extension of love, compassion will set our minds, our hearts, and our lives into motion — moving forward in our faith, knowing that through our own sacrifice there is a greater reward for all who are a part of the activation of faith and love. 

(1 John 3: 16-19, NLT) 16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

As children of God who are devoted to our faith in and love for Him, we must be so in tune with His heart that the things which grieve and move Him, are the same things that break our own hearts and push us face first into the busy, sometimes messy, yet always joyful activity that is true, sacrificial compassion.  And when we do respond, doing so together — as a unified body that represents Christ to the world — miraculous things take place.  We are never left wanting when we put our faith into action. 

Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for this reminder today that simply noticing a need and mentioning it to you is not always enough.  Help me to be more aware of the ways in which I can make sacrifices in order to help lift the burdens of the poor and oppressed people that I encounter.  Let me always be a light in the darkness, representing You with love and compassion that comes directly from Your heart.  Amen. 

“Withholding Nothing”

(2 Corinthians 9: 11-14)11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.  13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.

Finances are a touchy subject for so many of us.  Some of us have been through some really hard times, and had nothing but our own hard work to pull us out of the ditch.  Some of us have had some help from loved ones along the way.  Some of us are still in the struggle, just trying to get through to the next pay period.  For so many of us, it’s been a fight.  I’ve felt that way a lot in my own life…like it’s just always a climb, and never that exhilarating coast downhill.  In fact, my husband and I were just recently talking about how even though we are making more money these days, we still seem to have those really hard weeks when things are just super tight.  The truth is, we aren’t always the best stewards that we can be with our money.  We are faithful with our tithe and offering, and we often go the extra mile in situations where we see need, but we just aren’t always very mindful, I guess you could say.  We can, and should, do better.  Why??  Because when we are good stewards with every penny, we are showing God that we can be trusted with more.  I have always said that I would like to be wealthy enough to be able to give to my heart’s content.  That truly is my desire, but how can I ever expect God to entrust me with abundance if I am too frivolous with what little I have now? 

When God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living. Raise your standard of giving.

-Dr. Mark Batterson

Instead of going out and making unnecessary upgrades to our lives — just because — we must make it a habit to first pause and ask God what He would have us do with our increase.  Sometimes, it is that upgrade you’ve been longing for…just because.  But other times?  Other times — often much of the time — there is someone out there who needs it more than we need something shiny and fun.  We have to be sensitive to what God is doing around us, and let Him do some of it through us as well.  When you see a need, respond.  When you feel that internal push to give, don’t hesitate…just respond.  Folks, it’s just money.  It’s a tool — an avenue — that can change someone else’s life more than you would imagine. 

When we are able to let go of our finances, to release that control and allow God’s perfect will for our earnings to take place, that is when blessings will flow and create a ripple effect.  When we give, it doesn’t just allow God to bless our own lives with more, it allows someone else to experience the peace of provision.  What’s even more though, the love of God becomes evident in the lives of all who are blessed by this intricate, endless domino effect that you have begun.  It’s a beautiful thing. 

So let me encourage you today, to prayerfully consider what kind of steward you truly are with your money.  Look for opportunities to do whatever you can to make someone else’s life just a little bit easier. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, you know my heart so well.  You see my inner desires, and you know that part of who I am and what makes me tick is my desire to be a blessing…to be helpful to others.  So I ask that would help me use wisdom to be a better steward of my finances, so that I can give as much money, love, and provision as I can, to people who need it more than I do.  As always, all of the glory goes to You, Lord.  Amen. 

“You Can Have It All, Lord”

(Isaiah 46: 3-4) 3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. 4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

I occasionally catch myself in an ungrateful mindset.  I don’t mean to be that way, but I think sometimes my flesh just pushes me into wanting things to be a certain way, so I get unsettled and I see only the negative aspects of my surroundings.  It is easy to become engrossed in our everyday lives, and likewise distracted by feelings of displeasure and the desire to have it all just so. We busy ourselves with DIY projects and endless shopping excursions to find all of the perfect stuff to arrange in our homes, workspaces, and even our churches…just because we want things to be perfect.  We put thousands of dollars into education, savings…planning for a future we aren’t promised.  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with planning and bettering ourselves and our lives, but like they say, “all things in moderation.”  It can become a distraction…taking time, money, and effort away from what we should be doing.  Do our plans come from a Christ-centered place in our hearts, or from a place of worldliness? 

(James 1: 22-25) 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

All of which to say, now is not the time to get caught up in the mundane worries of life.  So your house is not what you picture in your head.  So you are not at the weight and/or size you’d like.  So you’d like to have an updated car.  So you haven’t achieved the goals you had set to reach by now.  That kind of stuff…it’s just not as important as we’ve come to believe that it is.  Instead of focusing on what you wish for, what you don’t have…why not begin each day with a thank you for what you do have?  Are your basic human needs provided for?  Do you have friends and family who love you?  I am betting on yes to both.  You’re way more blessed than you realize.  And why are we blessed?  So we can live, work, retire, and die?  Not a chance.  We are blessed to be a blessing to others.  We receive so that we can turn around and sow seed…grow something beautiful…all the while magnifying God to the world. 

If you have chosen to remain with God…faithful to Him in all ways…then He will never let you fall from His arms.  That’s a promise.  Whether or not you get what you want out of life, that’s just not a given.  You’ll definitely get what you give…what you work for…and, as promised, you will be carried, cared for, and loved.  Hebrews 13:5 says, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, help me to begin each day more grateful to you than I have been before.  I refuse to allow the enemy to have that kind of leverage over me.  Whatever I have, whatever I do, I give and do it all unto You.  Amen.

Hearts That Stir & Spirits That Move

Then all the congregation of the people of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women…All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the LORD had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the LORD. (Exodus 35:20, 29)

When I was younger, I spent many years playing horns in various symphonic, marching and jazz bands. I spent hours learning and practicing my part, teaching the members in my section, and rehearsing with the group to ensure we were all hitting our cues together. It required a lot of hard work and discipline, but when it all came together it was awesome. Everyone played their part, seamlessly blending with the other band members, and a group of goofy high school kids was able to create some truly beautiful performances.

In my last year of high school, our band was invited to a music competition several states away. We knew that we would be competing in multiple categories and we spent weeks preparing for the trip. We would stay after school to practice, sometimes until the janitors ran us out of the band room. Our director even enlisted a professor from the University of Illinois to bring some of his players over to do clinics with us. We did everything we could think of to prepare. When the competition finally arrived, all of our ensembles performed well, but it was our jazz band that outdid them all.

On the day of our performances, we played the songs like we always had so many times before, however this time was different. Everyone was moving and grooving together, perfectly in sync. There were no flubbed notes or missed cues, and even the soloists were hitting notes and adding flourishes beyond their normal ability. It was magical. We won our category and even took home the “Best In Show” for that jazz band performance. When we went back and listened to one judge’s commentary on the jazz portion of the competition, he sat through the entire performance without saying a single word of criticism, adding a simple “Bravo!” at the end. It was one of the highlights of my career as a musician.

There is something special about working “in concert” with others, when people from different walks of life come together for a common purpose or cause. We are so often caught up in the small things in life (the laundry, the lawn, the bills, caring for children, etc.), that it feels good to be involved in something bigger than ourselves. It is impressive when a group of people sets aside their differences to achieve something greater than their individual capacity. It can be a musical or athletic performance, a community program to help the less fortunate, or a missionary effort to build schools, orphanages, or churches on the other side of the world. When it all falls into place, it is a truly exhilarating experience.

Whenever I read this passage in Exodus about the Israelites coming together to build the Tabernacle, I imagine that they felt a similar excitement and pride about this project. They didn’t have to be forced to donate materials or time to the project. No one levied a tax, or guilted them into giving. The Bible says that their hearts were stirred, their spirits were moved, and the people joyously responded. In the next chapter, they brought so many offerings that Moses had to cut them off. It literally says that they had to be “restrained” from giving!

Like the conductor leading a band or orchestra, the Holy Spirit will move and direct God’s people. He will ensure that we are all playing our part and moving in harmony with one another. Throughout history, God has chosen to work through people that are willing to align themselves with his plan and purpose. Even today, he is inviting his people to join him in creating something beautiful, to manifest a little bit of his glorious future kingdom in the present hurting world. 

The question that remains is whether or not we will respond when he stirs our hearts and moves our spirits.  For me, it is a resounding “Yes!” and I pray it is the same for you!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you will stir the hearts and move the spirits of your people. Help us to align ourselves with what you are doing in our homes, our church, our city and nation, and be united in this single purpose. Let us be sensitive the direction of the Holy Spirit and lead us to situations of need. Give us the desire to minister to others, to be your hands of grace and mercy to everyone we meet. This is the desire of our heart, and we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Someone Needs You

(Deuteronomy 24:19-22 ESV) 19 “When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. 22 You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.

Because we are born as the offspring of Adam, our nature (flesh) is contrary to the things of the Spirit. When we experience new birth in Christ Jesus, our old nature passes away and all things become new. We become like Christ. He places His nature in us and we begin living a very different kind of life than we did before Christ.

In the Old Testament, people lived according to the Law; principles that were established by God for the purpose of training His people in righteousness. Most of what God required through the Law was contrary to natural inclinations.

Generosity is something that must be developed over a lifetime. Very few people are naturally generous. This is because we have a greater drive toward self-preservation. God wants us to work. He is pleased when we gather the harvest He has provided for us. In our Scripture passage God says, (1) When you reap your harvest, (2) When you beat (shake) your olive trees, (3) When you gather your grapes. Notice, there is no if–just when.

However, God also wants us to consider others as we are laboring for our own needs. He instructed His people to leave behind a portion of the harvest for those who were homeless, orphaned, and widowed. The command was clear. This action was to be done purposely. Consider these observations concerning this command.

  • The obedient acts of the harvesters served to establish a spirit of generosity in their own heart. The more they obeyed, the more giving became second nature to them. Never forget that your continued blessing is tied to your generous giving. “That the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”  (Verse 19)
  • There are people who genuinely need assistance. God was very clear about who the recipients were to be. (Homeless, Orphans, Widows)
  • The “receivers” were to glean their own “pickings.” It was not meant to be a handout. The fruit was to be left for them, but they were responsible to gather it.

God has blessed me abundantly. I don’t mean to suggest that I’m among the “rich” in material goods. But, neither am I destitute. I have the ability to make a living that is sufficient to provide for my family. I’ve learned how to work hard and pillow my head each evening with a sense of satisfaction in my labor.

But, I want more. I want to be a generous distributor to those who are less fortunate than me. I want others to be blessed because of my obedience to Christ. And, I want to always realize that everything passing through my hands is a gift from God, meant to bring glory to His name and to encourage and edify others.

PRAYER: Thank you for being so generous with me. Your blessings are evident in every area of my life. Help me to pass Your goodness along to others who are need, so that together we may experience Your divine providence. Amen.

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