It really doesn’t matter where in the world you live, what kind of weather you are experiencing, how much money you have or don’t have, or even if you are in a good or bad mood, choose to enjoy the day…unless you are being severely tested, as some are in some parts of the world. If you are among those enjoying a blessed life, pray for those who are devastated and have a Happy Saturday.
Prayer three from Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To is “God, Outdo Me in Generosity”. The chapter is called What’s In It For Me? The author begins the chapter by saying, When I was a little boy, my mother used to say to me, “If you give something you own away to somebody else, God will always give you back two things in return.” Throughout his life he discovered that his mother was right.
Further into the chapter, Anthony DeStefano writes: The amazing thing is that you don’t even have to be religious for this principle to work. Often people who aren’t far along in their spiritual lives manifest a very pure willingness to give. God rewards them anyway–probably as an incentive to draw them in closer to him. For example, the well-known singer, Frank Sinatra–who didn’t exactly have a saintly reputation–was an incredibly generous man. He amassed a fortune in his lifetime, but it was also reputed that he gave away over a billion dollars to charity–much of it secretly. When asked why he thought he was able to make so much money over such a long period of time, even when he was well past his prime, he responded: “I don’t know why, but every morning God just seems to throw money at me. All I do is try to throw it back! It’s been working for years.”
This has not been my experience. In fact, most of my life was spent trying to make ends meet…until I voiced a money prayer to God. No, it wasn’t God, Outdo me in Generosity…it was more like, “God, please show me how to break this negative money cycle.” Then, one day it came to me what exactly I was doing wrong, and I took steps to change my ways. Although I had always been a giver, mine was more the widow’s mite than the Sinatra billions. One time I had the opportunity to give beyond my means, and like the widow in scripture, did so. Did I get back twice as much as I gave? No, but when income tax time rolled around, my refund was more than what I had given. God indeed outdid me in generosity.
Tomorrow: I Can’t Take It Anymore…God, Get Me Through This Suffering.
There have been many books written about money and prosperity including The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton, The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko, Your Money and Your Brain by Jason Zweig, just to name a few: all wonderful books, I’m sure.
And then there is The Bible by God. Here are just a few excerpts from the Bible on prosperity and money.
I am the Lord your God who teaches you to profit…Isaiah 48:17 NASB
Now I know that the Lord will prosper me…Judges 17:13 ESV
Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21 NIV
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord made him prosperous again…Job 42:10 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you…Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
My God will meet all your needs…Philippians 4:19 NIV
Whatever he does prospers. Psalms 1:3 NIV
You will be made rich in every way…2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV
But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income…1 Corinthians 16:2 NIV
And there are many more but I’ll stop here. I have to admit that Jeremiah 29:11 is my all-time favorite, and is mentioned in “My Precious Life”. As long as God has plans for me I am happy. Who wouldn’t be?
This dream goes back to 1960. Being the mother of four active children, ages six, four, two and a one year old baby, I wasn’t journaling back then but I remember the dream as if it was last night.
It was another recurring dream where night after night I dreamt about finding money. I’d be cleaning the furniture and pull out a handful of coins from deep within the sofa.
The garden was another treasure trove. Buried in the soil where I was planting flowers, was another handful of coins.
There was money between mattresses, under beds, in the sugar bowl, and in the children’s toy box. In one dream, I lifted the lid of our large outdoor garbage can and a pile of coins lined the bottom of it.
I never tired of these dreams. They were a welcome relief from the daily burden of trying to make ends meet. We were a young couple raising four little ones on one salary and there were times when money was pretty scarce.
And then a very sad, but wonderful thing happened. My grandmother Lydia, who I introduced in My Precious Life, died and in her will, left me one thousand dollars.
Do you know what? I never again dreamt about finding money.