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Monday, November 7, 2011

More Than You Think

Scripture to reflect upon for Manic Monday: Numbers 6:24-26
May Yahweh bless you and protect you;
may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you;
may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.

This is my prayer for you this week. This is my hope for you to begin a fresh new start.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that when we ask God to bless us that we are being selfish. That is a lie. God desires to bless us. It’s in His nature.

Our motive, of course, shouldn’t be solely on what God can do for us, but it also correlates with what we can do for God. When we allow God to use us for His purpose and glory, the floodgates of blessings will flow into our lives.

I ask God every morning to use me as He sees fit and to send people in my life that I can bless. I have no money to give, but what I offer instead is hope, peace and the message of salvation and grace.

When you think you have nothing, look again. Look within. Look towards Jesus. You have more than you think, and you have so much to give the world.

I won’t lie, we have yet to pay our rent because we’ve been living on $70 for two weeks. We had to ask the church to help us with our bills, and fortunately, we were blessed by their help. We were blessed with a grocery cart of food, 3 cases of diet soda, a bag of brand new clothes for Tavin, diapers, wipes, and essential toiletries that we could not afford on our own. I was also blessed with the funds to go to a weekend women’s retreat.

Some would view this as charity. Some people would even pity us. And the world would look upon us and tell us that as poor Christians we are no better off than those who aren't followers of Christ. I would then direct their attention again to what we did receive in our time of need. Several months ago, I too, would have seen this as charity and would have felt ashamed and horrified. God, though, is showing me how to graciously accept these things as gifts of blessings directly from heaven.

I don’t have money, but I do have time. What I do have, I ask God to use. And when He directs me some place or to someone, I listen. I give what I’m able to give, and that’s usually my story, my experiences, or encouragement. Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m giving my time and my talent.

When we allow God to use us in our most basic and stripped down form, He will bless us beyond our wildest dreams.  

NOTE TO SELF: Whatever it is that you have, give. Whatever God asks of you, do. Whatever it is you think you lack, look. You have more than you think. I know I do…

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