Where’ve I been? I’ve been thinking and growing and learning and reading and Twittering and Facebooking and YouTubing and Googling and living. I’m online all the time. I’m probably online more than I’m offline. However, I must confess that WordPress.com is not my most frequented site. I often think about how I should blog and then I don’t. Same old story. You’ve all heard it before.
Anyway, what’s new with me? Last year, I read the Bible in its entirety. My church really encourages that. And for good reason. You learn a lot and grow a lot when you read the Bible. This year, I’m reading the Bible again. I plan to read it all the way through every year for a long time. I’ve come across a few really great biblical resources and that’s enhanced my learning further. Check out the New Spirit Filled Life Bible, the Hebrew-Greek Keyword Study Bible, The Truth War by John MacArthur and The Beatitudes: The Pursuit of Happiness by Spiros Zodhiates.
I am most likely going to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip in July. I’ve never been out of the country before so it should be interesting. I’m also a superbly picky eater so I’ll need God’s grace to eat food that I’m not used to eating. I try and expand my food vocabularly as often as I can, but I’m still stubborn nevertheless.
I’m writing for A Time To Love Magazine once again. I do CD reviews and feature stories for them. It’s a great online magazine. You should check it out! I plan on posting here on WordPress to direct everyone to the articles/reviews I write there. For the February issue, I reviewed VOTA by VOTA and The Tree by newcomer Julianna Zobrist, for example.
Right now I’m listening to Andrew Petersen. I received his CD in the mail today. For the March issue of A Time To Love (ATTL), I’ll review Anberlin’s New Surrender and downhere’s Ending Is Beginning.
Soon ATTL will publish my articles about fiercely focused parenting, Darlene Zschech and Plumb.
And, since I’m bouncing around randomly anyway, I have one other thing to share. If I can sum it up, anyway. It could be a whole blog in and of itself.
Christians have three stages: Blessed, Broken, Multiplied.
We are blessed to be a blessing. God wants us to bless others with what He gives us. We also have to allow Him to put His hand of blessing on what we’re doing. In order to get that blessing, we obey what He commands us to do.
This whole concept comes from Matthew 14 and 15, by the way. Jesus took bread, blessed it, broke it and mulitplied it. We are all given seeds in the Kingdom. We need to sow them, water and nourish the seeds others have planted, harvest seeds and sow. We cannot eat the seeds we are given, either. We cannot selfishly just think about ourselves and therefore eat our seed. We need to share what we’ve been given (the breaking of the bread). Take seeds for example: Something has to die to lead to growth. The seed dies. We, as Christians, have to die to our flesh to see growth in the Spirit.
For reference later, I believe I’m in the broken time. I’ll explain more in a bit.
If you know even a little about Jesus, you’d know He performed miracles. Two of them involved loaves and fish. One miracle fed 5,000 and another fed 4,000. Jesus was with his 12 disciples at the times of these miracles. They started out with just a few loaves and fish. The disciples took the loaves/fish to the groups of people (broken into packs of 50.) Then each person took the bread they were given, broke it in half and then gave it to the next person. If even one person would’ve eaten the bread they were given out of fear that they wouldn’t get enough, then the whole rest of the group wouldn’t have eaten. We cannot eat our seed, we have to sow it. When we share what God’s given and blessed, He multiplies it.
On to me and how this applies to my life….
I’ve been in a time of financial brokenness for a realllly long time. It started in May of 2008 after I was laid off from my job. It lasted all summer. It even continues into now and I’ve got a high-paying job. (I haven’t gotten paid in over a month. Long story there…)
Anyhow, on Sunday when I was at church hearing this message on blessing, brokenness and multiplication, God told me that I was in the broken stage. Awhile back, God revealed that He wanted me to be a sacrificial giver. I have a strong desire to support those in the ministry financially. God gives us money so we can filter it through to His Kingdom and what He wants accomplished. I grasp that and agree with that. I don’t hoard the money I’m given all for myself. I give it away to what God tells me to give it away to.
Now that I’ve got that heart attitude, I’ve experienced strong financial resistance against the giving. However, if giving financially was easy, then it wouldn’t be sacrificial, would it? No. So I’m really learning about sacrifice right now as I find it difficult to even pay my own bills because of extenuating circumstances beyond my control. *cough*not being paid in six weeks when I should’ve been paid in two weeks*cough*
So God showed me I’m in the broken period. I’m being broken financially. I’m walking in a higher level of humility and dependence on Him than I’ve ever been before. I know that God will bless me and I will prosper financially in the future. Not so I can be rich and comfortable. But so I can fund His Kingdom and the work He’s doing.
I believe this time of financial brokenness will end soon. I believe my giving will be multiplied.
Thanks for reading. Pursue God’s best!