The past two weeks at church I’ve heard amazing messages about generosity. The kind of messages that linger… entangle themselves around your heart … and rise to the surface of your thoughts often.
Pastor Robert Morris visited our church and changed the way I look at giving.
I consider myself a generous person. But in my early childhood I knew the pain of not having enough. Wondering how the bills would be paid. Fearing the checkbook balance.
So, I’ve been hesitant to be fully generous. The kind of generous where the only way to fill the gap between what I’m comfortable giving and what I feel God calling me to give is sheer trust that I’m hearing God correctly.
A million “what if’s” nag at my mind telling me to pull back my hand from offering too much. Other people can be that generous. Not me. Not with 5 kids – 2 in college and 2 more heading that way.
But then I clearly feel the tug to do what only makes sense if God Himself tells me to do it. Open my hand. Fill my world with trust. Bigger trust. Mighty trust. The kind of trust I know would please God.
I feel Him speaking into the depths of my soul … “I own it all. I’m not asking you to give Me ‘your’ money. I’m asking you to return what’s mine and watch Me move.”
And oh how I ache to see the evidence of Him move in my life. It’s my deepest desire. It’s what I want more than anything else.
With this stirring still fresh, I challenged my office staff at P31 to go through our humble space and look for things to give away.
Although we were in great need, I heard in the message “It has to be given away to be multiplied.” God challenged me – “What can you give away in the midst of your need?”
And I knew God was saying “Get it all in order. Every bit of everything I’ve entrusted to you … get it in order and position yourself to give generously without hesitation or reservation.”
We had some things we had talked about consigning… things like fichus trees, bookshelves, and flower arrangements from past conferences. But God challenged me “What can you give?” And I knew…
Later that afternoon, I was in a meeting when one of my staff members came in with a huge smile. She held out a letter telling us we’d received an anonymous grant from a foundation in Texas for over $3,000. That’s a huge gift for our ministry. And it’s probably ten times the amount of the total we’d given away that day.
It was as if a dam broke in my soul. Not because of the money God provided. That was a blessing to my ministry for sure. But it wasn’t all about the money. It was about seeing God move. And my trust deepening. And my heart softening. And my hands opening.
This week and next, Proverbs 31 Ministries needs to raise what feels like an overwhelming amount.
My personal life has been touched and changed by God through Proverbs 31 Ministries. He has helped build my home and as a thank offering I want to help build Proverbs 31 Ministries. There are some big needs. But please know that I don’t pull a salary from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I just want to help the ongoing efforts of reaching women every day.
The specific ministry area I want your help with is the $100,000 it takes to fund our free daily devotions we offer to over 500,000 women daily and our radio ministry that reaches millions of women daily.
As the leader of this ministry I know God is calling me to lead the way in giving. So, I will match every dollar given today through the ministry’s donation page.
I’ll also be calling as many of you as possible today to personally thank you.
If you have any questions please email Lori@Proverbs31.org.
With a heart full of trust I humbly ask you to join me by clicking here and making a donation to Proverbs 31 Ministries.
With much love and appreciation, Lysa
** Thank you to all who entered to win copies of the books and CDs we gave away last week. The winners will be contacted today by e-mail.