Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (Matthew 6:26 NLT)
I’ve just completed our budget for the month, our first month as full time missions workers, fully reliant on the Lord to supply our needs through friends and family… let me just say, God does not disappoint!
I feel like I might be holding my breath every month in this life of faith that we have stepped into. Waiting to see what the Lord does and anticipating how He will provide for our family. Phew… It’s so stressful for me.
God is working on me in this area. I have been reminded how He takes care of the birds and how He will surely take care of me too. I feel like God is telling me that whatever He gives us needs to be enough. Whether we are “funded” or “partially funded” or whatever, more importantly it is our job to believe that what He supplies is enough.
When I feel like I don’t have enough, what I am really saying is “God has not provided.” The issue is really my heart that needs to be realigned. When I live in financial anxiety, I am the one not trusting that God knows what I need.
We are so thankful for the tools we have learned by taking Dave Ramsey’s FPU a couple years ago. If anyone is feeling like they are under budget or like your finances are over taking you, look into this program. What our Heavenly Father provides is enough* and sometimes we have to realign our hearts and our budgets to be good stewards of what He has given us.
We are so grateful that we can walk forward into the calling God has placed on our family without worry of our finances, we know we are far more valuable than the birds. We are blown away by the way God brought people to be a part of our financial support team and are honored when our friends, family and church give generously. We pray blessings on all of you and ask God to open the windows of heaven.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! (Malachi 3:10 NLT)
*I know there are times when we really do struggle financially, we have been there. Sometimes our financial life is a way for God to speak to us about changing our income/job/purpose, too. This post isn't meant to be a cure-all, just an expression of what I am walking through.