“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8, NLT)
“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will
overflow!” (John 15:11, NLT)
So when I felt God’s nudging in the store, I decided to move and put school supplies in the cart.
But sometimes, God works in funny ways.
Later that evening I was surprised by a huge blessing. My neighbor asked if I wanted to go through her work clothes before she donated them. I needed to buy more professional clothes but after our more-expensive-than-we-anticipated bathroom remodel, my clothing budget plummeted to negative numbers. But then three cute dresses and a bunch of nice shirts appeared – God met a need.
It reminded me of the saying, “What goes around comes around.” Or Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you.”
I’ve heard sermons on unexpected blessings you receive when giving but for some reason, I’ve had a hard time believing that really happens. Yet the timing in this situation makes it hard for me to deny that God blessed me. I felt humbled. And a fire was lit for next month’s giving adventure.
|Our family’s Once-a-Month Giving/Service Projects was featured on parenting.com. (This blog’s original name was Since I Became a Mom before it became Empowered Moms and Kids.)|
If you decide to take use this giving strategy, remember this is YOUR THING. Do what God places on YOUR HEART. Whatever works, big or little. Your family will be moved by however you decide to extend your hand. And hopefully, so will the people you give to.
Read what parenting.com says about the benefits of teaching kids to give:
“The benefits of actively fostering children’s charitable impulses are enormous. Besides helping counter the overdeveloped ‘gimme’ impulse, it gives kids a powerful boost in self-esteem to realize they can make a difference in someone’s life. ‘And as corny as it sounds,’ says Patricia Schiff Estess, a New York City writer and the author of Kids, Money & Values, ‘when you help a child help others, you are helping to create a better world.'”
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, educator, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration in parenting, family connection ideas, encouragement for moms, and more empowering content. Read more in the “about” section of this page.