He Is The God Who Provides

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“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19


Money can be a tricky thing. After taking over our family’s finances about a year ago, I was overwhelmed to say the least. My husband was so busy with his business, and I was so clueless about our situation that there were many bills left and right that hadn’t been paid for some time. I worked for a while to learn how to financially plan and be wise with what God was giving us. As I began this process and it started to become more of a habit, God reminded me of one thing.

Himself.

Are we tithing?

Working through bills, for me, was much more than writing a check every month to satisfy the collector. To me it was honoring God with the resources He had given us. I wanted to pay things off, to be able to help others when we were able, and to give back to Him what He is due. As my family began to tithe, I quickly learned something very valuable. Tithing takes away your ability to control. Continue reading “He Is The God Who Provides”

Gaining Strength Through Vulnerability

A few Sundays ago I was really struggling. The week before had been awful with long days at work, unpleasant drama in some close relationships, and unforeseen and unbudgeted expenses. Think of all the things that drain your energy, and they were probably a part of my week. The weekend hadn’t brought any more rest with it either, so by Sunday morning I pulled into the church parking lot with my emotional tank on E.

I sat through the sermon, and I tried not to cry.

I didn’t tell anyone how down I felt. How hard things were. How in need of prayer I was.

Because I didn’t want anyone to know that I was a hot mess. Continue reading “Gaining Strength Through Vulnerability”