This morning as I was reading my Bible, I came across a section in scripture that really struck a chord with me. I was reading in 2nd Corinthians Chapter 9 about increasing our "seed" to make a larger harvest by being very generous with what we have. I started thinking about the kind of woman God is growing me into, and the kind of wife and mother I want to be someday. I want to run a household with my husband where it is KNOWN that our house is open, and that it is safe. A home where you can eat, a home where you can put your feet up and rest. A home where you can find warmth, some cookies and a hug. I want my kids to constantly bring friends over, and I want neighbors at my house for Holidays. I never want an empty home, I want a home filled with people, strangers included. I think that starts with generosity. We have to be generous with even the little we have. I just feel such a stirring in my heart, and a promise from the Lord that I will have a full house, and a strong mindset that whatever "I" have is really the Lord's. I want to be a generous giver. "You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." -vs 11
How often does Paul mention generosity in this Chapter? 7 TIMES! In only 15 verses. I think that shows the importance of the word. "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." -vs 6
What a cool promise I have from the Lord. It's really not about how much money I take home every paycheck, it's about my mindset and how I can look to bless others in my life. I want to choose generosity even when I know sometimes paychecks will be thinner than others. It all belongs to the Lord anyways.
Love and Cheerful Giving