For the majority of my life, I was a taker and not a giver. For the majority of my WALK WITH GOD, I was a taker and not a giver. So often, over the years, I would run into the Truth where God said, "It is better to give than to receive." Caught in my selfishness, I would feel the invitation to change but in my own strength it was next to impossible! I sincerely wanted to change but I had an unhealthy relationship with money that was rooted in fear. UNTIL about two years ago, I got tired of cultivating this stronghold and I surrendered it to God. Once I was ready, He made it clear, "The way to defeat this was to start giving with heart abandoned!" One of the keys to this was I had to stay connected to the Lord daily so I could hear when the Holy Spirit was asking me to give in the right situations.
I have to say the first year was tough, I was working through fears and continuing to learn how to trust that God would provide. By the second year, things began to shift. In place of fear, I operated in such joy when giving! And guess what... Now it's become addicting! I'm constantly looking for ways to give. My favorite opportunity is blessing complete strangers. It catches them so off guard, for someone they do not know, to give like that. Then when you point them to the Fathers love, they receive His love so easily! No judgement! No religion! They see a God who is love and cares about them, their heart is open.
Yesterday, I went to Smoothie King and the girl behind the register told me she was working extra shifts to save for a ukulele (Hawaiian guitar).
I asked her how much one costed. That night, the Lord said to me, "Bless her!" I knew what that meant so I put the amount she needed in an envelope with a short letter from God and I dropped it off this morning.
You should have seen her face when I handed it to her! Priceless!!! Worth every penny! People standing around heard and were in shock to see how good God is because I clearly gave Him all the glory! Why give Him the Glory? Because I KNOW who I used to be. I was blind, but now I see!