Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Jesus has Plenty of Money in HIS pocket!"

Sitting around talking about vacation, Serenity decides she wants to go to Disney World. I explain to her that a trip like that takes A LOT of money and money isn't something that is easily obtained... especially for a family of seven, living on one income. Well... my little speech did not influence Serenity's decision in any way. She just smiled and replied...
"Mommy... Jesus has plenty of money in HIS pocket and He will give it if we ask."

Her words just melted my heart! As adults we can learn SOOO much about faith from a child! She did not even hesitate. She simply relied on Jesus as her source.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18:17

I was simply inspired by her persistent faith. I know that it is always God's perfect will to bless His children. He LOVES to give us the desires of our heart and He always honors a heart of pure faith. I wasn't going to shut the door on her desire. I simply explained to her that we just had to wait on HIS timing. If it was God's will for us to travel to Disney World THIS summer than He would supply the funds to do it.

Meanwhile in my mind, I was just trying to figure out.... HOW! We live on a very tight week to week budget. Last year, Tommy's job survived a couple of big layoffs within his company (PRAISE GOD) but he had to endure some major cut backs on his hours. This put was way behind on several bills and unfortunately we only broke even recently. After almost an entire year in the red. We finally are back in the black again. We still owe, but at least we're no longer behind on payments. So here is my daughter, exclaiming that God will supply us a trip to Disney World... a trip worth several thousand dollars ($1000 just to get my family through the park gates for two days of fun) and our savings is nearly non existent. It did not seem promising... but then again matters that require faith never do! :)

Then came the BIG step. God spoke to me to start tithing 20%, instead of our normal 10%. Wow! Now talk about a leap of faith! God has ALWAYS supplied all of our needs, but we were counting pennies just to get by before. So the thought of coming up with an extra 10% on top of the normal 10%, was a bit scary. But in my heart, I knew that even if God had to rain manna from heaven (Exodus 16:4-5) or give us money in a fishes mouth, (Matthew 17:27) He would supply our needs. So I was obedient.

Guess what I learned? God confirmed in a physical manner what my heart has always known... No matter how hard you try you just can NOT out give God! The more you give, the MORE you receive!

Since I started tithing 20 %. I have had plenty to pay all of our bills on time, buy groceries, and still manage to put back some every week toward our vacation. We are slowly inching our way there... we ARE well on our way. Serenity's dream vacation to see Minnie Mouse's house is not so far fetched anymore. As a matter of fact, it may be a lot sooner than anticipated. We have even been offered a FREE place to stay while we're there. God is Good! He always honors FAITH and OBEDIENCE!
He remains faithful to all of His promises.

"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it."
Malachi 3:10-11

The only place in the Bible where God says to test Him to see if it works and You can be certain that it DOES! :)