Preface: Last year I decided to express my thanks during the month of November for something new each day, as so many others have done before me. I never finished this series, so that’s my goal this year. I am re-posting the ones I wrote last year and adding new ones. This was originally posted on 11/02/12 (with slight changes made today).
I absolutely LOVE our budget days, which occur every other Wednesday. Why do I love budgeting? Here’s why: we always make our budget before we know what our checks will be, and this puts us in a position of prayer that God will meet our needs for that budget period. And God provides EVERY SINGLE TIME. Without fail. He may not allow for some of our “wants” but He ALWAYS provides for our needs!
God richly and abundantly provides for the NEEDS of His children, and I am so thankful for that. I am so thankful for the jobs that He has provided for us that have allowed us to pay off all of our credit card debt last year! Our jobs have enabled us to work diligently at becoming debt-free and it is one way through which God has provided for us.
Looking further back, I can see His hand in so many times of personal need before marriage. I was unemployed for so many months yet never went hungry or without shelter. Through those experiences He taught me to rely on Him FULLY for provision (and He provided in some seriously miraculous ways!), as well as the importance of living frugally, and those are things we strive for in our marriage as well. We work hard to be good stewards and we trust that our needs will be met…and they always are!
I’m also thankful for the provision that He provides so that we can give back to others who are in need. He is so faithful to provide! So many people allowed themselves to be used by God during my time of need, and I love that we are now in the position to be His hands and feet to others during their time of need. I’m so thankful that He has created such a wonderful community among Christians…a community through which we can humbly admit our needs and allow others to step in and help us.
God is our Provider…