Being cared for

English: Female House Sparrow, Bairnsdale Aust...

English: Female House Sparrow, Bairnsdale Australia. Taken in September 2006. See also Image:House sparrow03.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? – Matthew 6:26

In this economy, many have struggled, including myself, in making ends meet. There were days I wondered how we would make it. Many have known this fear. Experiencing the peace of God during these times has been beneficial to me, because I have learned that he is the provider of all things and that his arm is not too short (Isaiah 50:2). He owns it all (Psalm 50:10). I connect these promises with the fact that he loves me and cares what happens to me.

I don’t want to make this sound like a “believe in God and everything is good” type message. It usually is a very hard journey that one needs to make and learning to trust is what makes it good. If there are lessons to be learned, struggles are usually the classroom in which I have learned them.

If we really think about it, it is amazing how the creatures on the earth survive. God has provided for each of them and cares about his creation. We are more valued than that. God will provide and allow us to be a tool of his provision for others.

Prayer: Thank you, my Father, for taking care of me. You have seen to it that I have what is needed each day. I pray that you use me to show your provision to others. Amen

Faith Tip: Take some time to consider how God has provided for the creatures of the earth that you see today, and for you.

The Season of Abundance

rain drops

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Be glad, people of Zion, 
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before. – Joel 2:23

I have a friend who lives in Texas where a drought has been experienced. She emailed me the other day with great excitement that it was raining. I don’t remember the last time I was excited about rain for I pretty much take it for granted.

Don’t we do that with most of God’s blessings? He is so faithful to give us what we need in all seasons, and we don’t recognize it or worse feel it is because of what we have done.

Today let us be glad and rejoice in what God has done for us. Praise him for these cooler temps and for the beautiful colors that are changing on the trees. Thank God for all provision especially for the gift of Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I do thank you for all that you give to me today. I pray I recognize you as the source of all my provision. Amen

Faith Tip: Give God a sacrifice of praise today for all he has done for you.

Packing for the day

Suitcases

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When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” – Luke 9:1-3

Packing a suitcase is an art. Not only do we want everything to remain unwrinkled, but we would like to make sure we have everything we will need—without over packing. The “what if” questions start popping up in our mind. What if it rains and I’m stuck inside? Maybe I should bring books or needlework. What if we go to a fancy restaurant or theatre? I better make sure I have the right dress and shoes for that. The list continues and before we know it, we are dragging another suitcase out to fill.

God calls us to depend on him for all things. Yes, be prepared as led, but also be dependent on God for the unexpected, for he will provide. Can you imagine their first thoughts when Jesus sent the disciples out empowered with his authority and then telling them to take nothing on their trip? He gave them what they most needed, and wanted them to look to him for the rest. What do we most need today? Is it for the kingdom? What will God provide? Each day is full of opportunities for God to show his provision to you.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great way that you take care of me. I pray that I can realize what I truly need for each day and depend on you for the rest. Amen

Faith Tip: Think about your basic needs for today and see how God has provided for them and for the unexpected times.

God owns it

I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices
or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

I have no need of a bull from your stall
or of goats from your pens,

for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.

I know every bird in the mountains,
and the creatures of the field are mine.

If I were hungry I would not tell you,
for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
(Psalm 50:8-12)

In tough economic times, it’s difficult to see beyond the financial constraints experienced. I know when my husband was laid off, I often wondered how we would get by. There is a tendency to rely on our own resources because it’s something we can see and feel. We think that is reality. The true reality is the resources of God. Countless times there was a check in the mail, a monetary gift, food given to us, writing jobs for me, and more all at just the right time.

God owns it all and gives generously to his children. He knows how to give good gifts, a lot more than we do. God blesses people to be blessings to others. He knows exactly what we need, and loves us so much. God is the true resource. Be thankful for his gifts for you today.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your great provision each day. I pray I can continue to look to you and trust in you for my daily care. I pray that I can bless someone with what you have blessed me with. Amen.

Faith Tip: Pray for eyes to see how God has generously provided for you today. Thank him for his goodness.