I remember when the Lord really started working on Mike and I’s heart about giving. He started challenging us, I should say, challenging us to trust Him. We started seeing that we were holding money like this, it wasn’t like this. And so God really just spoke to our hearts to trust Him, to release. And one of the ways that we’ve seen when we start getting like this with money and not like this, is the quickest remedy for that is to give, is to give.
I think it was a few years ago, God really challenged us to, we tithed, but He challenged us, He wanted us to go above and beyond our, our tithe by a lot, it was an ouch, for the year. We had this target and I just remember being like, “Wow, Lord, alright.” And I kind of said it like, “Okay, you said it, so you’re going to have to provide that money.” And He did, you guys. We’ve never had a year like that. It was phenomenal. We were blessed, and I just truly believe that God honors that. He honors it, when we treat Him like the Father that He is.
We have two kids, and I always think about it when, when I have like a bowl of crackers or goldfish and, and, you know, I give three to my son and then he’s holding onto them. And if he just holds them in, like I say, “Hey, can I have one?” And he’s just stingy with it, and he’s holding on to those three, like, no, these are the only three I have. And I have a whole stinking Costco bag of goldfish, you know? And it’s like, do you not know? Like I’ve got tons. This is just, I’m seeing if you could share, you know? And I feel those simple things make me just think of how the Father is with us. It’s a lesson for us to trust Him to not have money have a hold of us. Giving is just a way to just release that, to be like, hey, money’s not going to hold me. I’m going to be like this. It’s not going to have a hold on me. I’m going to control it. I’m going to have dominion over the money in my home.
And so I just wanna encourage you if you feel like you’re like this and money’s got you, and you’re worried about money, the best remedy is to give is to give and just to trust God. And so I just pray that over you today that anyone who’s listening to this that feels like money’s got them and they’re just holding on and it’s stressful and finances are tight. I just want to challenge you to trust your heavenly Father who is sitting there with the Costco sized bag of goldfish. So be blessed with that today in Jesus’ Name.
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