In the topic of finances, we also spoke of giving to the poor. This was an eye opener for me, a lot of times we have more than we need, if we are eating and sleeping, and have some clothes on our backs, we're more than taken care of. There was a story in Luke 12 where someone asked Jesus to tell his brother to share the inheritance with him, and Jesus said life is not about possessions. He told a parable of a man that had crops that were abundant, so much so that he had no where to store them. He built bigger store rooms so that he would have more than enough, and years later could eat, drink, and be merry. And God called him a fool and said this day your soul is required of you. He spent his whole life storing up everything so that he could use them later, and when the "later" came, he couldn't enjoy it because of death.
This really struck home for me. In our American society it is SO easy to get caught up on preparing for the future and storing, and storing until we never have enough to give. We were convicted about this. Jesus gave to thousands and didn't even have anywhere to lay his head (Matthew 8:20).
-Psalm 41:1-3This verse speaks of taking care of the poor, giving, and being promised that God would take care of us in our days of trouble. Do we trust God to take care of us, or do we always find ways to not give? Or find reasons why the poor don't "deserve" to be given to. We must TRUST God. My prayer is that we will become better givers, trust God, and know that our life is not tied up in what we have, because it is fading. But also that we can encourage our husbands to not trust in finances, they physically work, but God is the one that blesses us. I am so thankful for my husband's sacrifice and hope that I can be there to support him, encourage him, and be encouraged to serve God in our finances. Be encouraged!