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As a 25+ year homeschooling vet, post-cancer, math prof, mother of five, master's track and field athlete, and certificated private pilot, I have a lot to share about what God has done in my life. In 2000 I began writing devotions as something to try when it seemed like accoustic pianists were becoming an endangered species at church. I have since found great blessings from writing and sharing. God is good.
Giving begins with a clear purpose and focus. It must be such a determination that the path to giving is the most direct, hence the most effective. But, for some of us that desire is not strong. This is where prayer comes in. Ask the Lord to remind you of the people who gave, so that your life was enriched. Maybe someone gave you money when funds were short. Maybe someone helped you when you didn’t know help was needed. Your faith as a giver will grow because you remembered someone else who gave to you.
Now, you might have noticed that as we’ve been discussing today’s passage, we keep returning to the receiver’s perspective. Yup, we can understand giving by understanding the receiving end. Wow! Today let’s study this verse in depth and seriously. Let’s strive to become God’s givers.