Thursday, February 24, 2011

on the road home

I am sharing at Amy’s today, the one who so honestly shares her own family’s journey towards gracious giving, about how God has been working on my heart in the area of being generous. 

I struggle.  Oh, how I struggle.

When I am stressed about finances (being full supported missionaries *can* do that, at times, though, it is definitely not His desire…for any of us) I close my fists TIGHT around what I have.

My husband?  I have never seen him have a closed hand towards…anyone.  I really can’t think of a time that he wasn’t ready to give to someone in need.  He’s quite tight with personal spending, but when it comes to others…the floodgates open and pour. cheerfully.

And so, the Lord has been graciously teaching me as I have meditated upon Psalm 37 since our return from Hungary last August and amidst many other wonderful things there are these verses about what we have and what we are to give:

16 Better the little that the righteous have
   than the wealth of many wicked;

18The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
   and their heritage will remain forever;
19they are not put to shame in evil times;
   in the days of famine they have abundance.

21The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
   but the righteous is generous and gives;

25I have been young, and now am old,
   yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
   or his children begging for bread.
26He is ever lending generously,
   and his children become a blessing.

So, when you ask the Lord to teach you about generosity, He will.  At Amy’s today, I share about how He did that during a 1000+ mile road trip home.

And, if you can, take a further look at Amy’s place—she always makes me smile and often laugh out loud with her honesty and tongue-in-cheek wit—she is a great friend and a huge bright spot in my blogging worldSmile

When Home is Lost and Gospel Found at a Gas Station

Please, join me.

(Since this story is filled with (my) imperfection, I am also sharing it with Emily’s Imperfect Prose)

Imperfect Prose[3]


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