Caring for the Poor

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Deuteronomy 14:22-29, Deuteronomy 15:1-23, Deuteronomy 16:1-17, Luke 4:14-21

Mom lived with her three younger siblings in a shanty in the 1950s. Their dad left. The cupboards lay bare while Grandma lay ill with a serious sickness. Mom fended for her family by harvesting grass from the overgrown yard to make soup. The kids rarely bathed (no plumbing), and she curled her fingers into the palms of her hands to hide the layered dirt. When the school bus stopped at Tibbetts Wick Road, she walked the aisle, down the metal stairs, and out the accordion glass doors, wishing she lived anywhere else. 

The next-door neighbor took notice of the hungry children. She invited Mom to clean her small home in exchange for vegetables from her garden and chocolate chip cookies freshly made from her oven. Her generosity filled starving stomachs. 

This, I think, is the heart of the teaching in Deuteronomy 15. My mom’s neighbor opened her hand willingly to the poor in her land (Deuteronomy 15:11). She offered the yield of her plot—as small as it was—and allowed my mom to glean from the first of her produce. Granted, Mom “worked” for the carrots and cookies, but the amount of food far exceeded the amount of her work.  

I hope I share as easily, but in all honesty, it can feel uncomfortable extending our hands openly. Sometimes I wonder, Will we have enough? Shouldn’t we save for the future? How much should we give anyway? 

The beauty about God’s instructions to the Israelites in Deuteronomy is He leaves the questioning out. They know what to do—God spelled it out in the gift of the Law. He offered the Israelites specific measurements, seasons, and times to offer openly to the poor. He even declared that if the Israelites obeyed Him, God would bless the work of their hands (Deuteronomy 15:4-6, Deuteronomy 15:10, Deuteronomy 15:18). If they trusted and obeyed God, a blessing in and of itself, God would further reward them.

I wish we knew with such specific clarity in the New Testament about how exactly to extend our hands to the poor—with the guarantee of God’s blessings in return. But what we do have is an invitation to be a part of Jesus’s work on earth. He is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 61 to “preach good news to the poor…to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19). We may not have the same specific times and measurements, but we do have the heart of these laws—to open our hand willingly—and the heart of our Savior to bring the good news to the poor.

Are we willing, or are we not willing? Are we hoarding, or are we extending? Generosity demonstrates our gratitude for God’s current provision and our trust for His future blessing. Even if our plot is small with just a few carrots and strawberries to share, it just might mean the world to the one who receives our care—like it did for my mom.

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  1. Sophia Ayres says:

    It can feel unfair to give to those who won’t give back in return. But I can do this openly because I can trust that God will provide the care and love that I need from others in the future. Lord, help me to love those who are deprived of your work in their lives.

  2. Elevate says:

    Most are currently doing the Worthy of Praise study. Next week we’ll be changing over to Beatitudes for 2 weeks.

  3. Rita Walker says:

    Where is everyone reading?

  4. Gwen Dunn says:

    I am grateful for this reminder that I am blessed to bless others with God’s generosity towards me.

  5. Brandy Deruso says:

    Give unto the lord and help others

  6. Alexandra Dent says:


  7. Krysta Orona says:

    I’m grateful to God for the work he is doing in my husband’s life. I had been praying for God to soften his heart and loosen the grip he had on our financials. He needs financial security, he was brought up that way. But these last few weeks, he had been so generous. I suggested we make a donation to a charitable ministry to aid refugees coming in, he eagerly agreed without hesitation. I had a conservative number in my head of what I thought my husband would agree with comfortably, but I asked him how much we should give. His suggested amount blew me away. God is good! He lavishes his blessing and pours out favor on those who love him, he delights in giving abundantly. In spite of my doubtful heart, God showed up. Praising God today sisters. He is good all the time.

  8. Kristen says:

    @Foster Mama, yes I was taught that Malachi was the only place where God days to test Him. I grew up catholic, and didn’t hear about tithing. When I started attending a different church, I heard about the tithe. To be honest, I was like a little kid that plugged their ears. I didn’t want to hear this! I was convicted about this and we started tithing. Like you said, it is amazing how God provides. I heard a pastor say that in God’s math 90 is more than 100. I have seen Him provide even when my husband was hurt and not working. My friend was amazed at how God provided after the birth of their third child so that she didn’t have to return to a job that she was so anxious about. This promotion for her husband came way before the usual set time that the company normally offers these opportunities! She was so relieved and grateful. I work in a school where the students do receive free breakfast and lunch. However, they can still be hungry. There was a time that the students were receiving food for the weekend, but that isn’t happening now. I know my church has a food bank. People from the church donate. They had to cut ties with the Local food bank and don’t receive from them. They would provide food for the church to give, but there was a stipulation. Our church volunteers giving out the food couldn’t talk about God! Therefore, the pastor asked the congregation to donate to keep the food bank going. You may not know that there are people in need, but having a food bank that is started within the church is a way to help the local kids and families. We also have a health clinic for the uninsured that real doctors and nurses started. One of the churches did a clothing drive recently too. They did this at the start of school. Also, There are ways to sponsor kids each month in other countries. Here is one called, Child Hope. You can sponsor a child in Latin America so that they can go to school. This is Christian based. The sponsored children will write you letters with updates. Also, Convoy of Hope, World Vision, Food for the Poor and Food for the Hungry are other organizations that some may want to look in to go see some of the ways they help by providing food, clean water and housing. I copied this from Food for the Poor’s website:
    In addition to emergency relief (such as Feeding Centers and Nutritional Clinics) to help in the short-term, you can also offer long-term, sustainable solutions to extreme poverty in the Caribbean and Latin America through various income-generating projects. Some of these micro-enterprise initiatives include:

    Fishing village projects in Jamaica, Honduras and Haiti
    Agricultural research and training centers in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Jamaica
    Tilapia farms in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Haiti
    Animal rearing projects
    Woodworking shops
    Sewing enterprises
    Automobile repair shops
    Women’s training centers in Guatemala and Honduras
    This could help change their future. Some people do dress down days at work to collect money to be able to collect money to help. This is a good way for people to pitch in that may have never heard of these organizations. Hope everyone has a great weekend. Prayers for all!

  9. Seana Scott says:

    Ladies, love your hearts and variety of ways that you are learning to live generously to those in need. Your ideas are inspiring me!

  10. Jackie says:

    I love that your Mom’s neighbor helped out in a way that still allowed your Mom to retain her dignity. It wasn’t just a handout. I see the same here in this passage. This is spoken of as a loan, not just a handout. We can do a lot of damage as Christians, especially in the more prosperous West, by just throwing money at a problem.

  11. Jen Brewer says:

    TAYLOR—love your heart to give. I know Global Catalytic Ministries directly helps believers in Afghanistan.

  12. Jen Brewer says:

    TAYLOR—love your heart to give. I know Global Catalytic Ministries directly helps believers in Afghanistan.

  13. Claire B says:

    Dearest Tina, all the prayers have been heard and felt. Minimal pain, some frustration. My surgeon and physical therapists are very happy with my progress at the ripe old age of 65. Thank you for remembering me.

  14. Tina says:

    Praying @TRACI GENDRON, praying!

  15. Lorna Davis says:


  16. Lorna Davis says:

    What a wonderful idea Bessie? Thank you ❤️

  17. AZ Walker says:

    I started saving 10 percent of my pay in a 401K in my 20’s after listening to a wise HR manager who advised me to start early and I won’t even miss it. My 30’s were tough but God blessed me with a wise lawyer and a fair judge so I didn’t have to take on my ex’s debt. In my 40’s I started tithing after my divorce to church and charities and for the past 14 years have lived on 80 percent of my salary. Dave Ramsey calls it the 10/10/80 system. I am teaching my 18 year old daughter the same thing – well trying to All my child support went to my daughters day care and Christian school tuition but I still always had enough! Just want to encourage others. Samaritan’s purse, the Salvation Army, Christian food banks, or a Christian radio station – don’t be afraid to step out ❤️ and be a giver.

  18. Traci Gendron says:

    I’m here late today. My husband is in the hospital with more bleeding from prostate cancer radiation treatments. Please pray for him.
    It has been a joy to be blessed to give to our community. It is something my husband and I sit down and figure out where the needs are and how we can help. Our biggest is my son’s rare illness. We have donated for continued research. That is not helping the poor, but the sick. I struggle with those on the corner. I read a lot of comments on not to judge. I will admit I struggle with this one. I hesitate to give to someone that is using drugs. It has changed our community. I had a pastor friend tell me that we don’t know what their situation was like that might have pushed them to the streets. We have chosen to give to the food bank or shelters instead. But I’m provoked to give a bottle of water to those in the streets and not dollars after reading some of the comments.

  19. Sky Hilton says:

    ” Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.”

    I believe all of us have a duty to help and serve those less fortunate than us. As Christians, and as regular people, we are called to share our things with others. So, I hope we will all do just that. And respect them as well. The world would be a different place if more ppl put others first (and its not too late to change that)

  20. Tina says:

    Seanna, whst a beautiful story of kindness and caring!

    Prayerful that I would be the lady who opened/opens her hand to care and bless those around that need a touch of care, friendship, love, hope, grace… Jesus..

    But God..

    Thank you, you beautiful ladies for caring each day to come to the table with your words that often feed the heart and soul, your love that surrounds and encourages..

    Thank you wrapped in love and hugs, always..❤

  21. Tina says:

    I am catching up a

    DOROTHY:Glad to hear Finlay came through her op. Praising God with you!❤

    Thank you Lord for the safe arrival of this special gift to this family. And, thank you Lord that both mama and baba are doing well.


    ERB:Continuing to hold you up in prayer.. thankful for things looking up… but will keep praying for strength, energy and the tiredness to go, in Jesus’name.. Amen!❤

    VICTORIA E: Praying God continues to bless this beautiful journey you and yours are on..❤

    SHARON JERSEY GIRL:Blessings.❤


    CLAIRE B:How’s the shoulder? Hoping much, much improved! Stilling praying, much love..always.❤

    SARAH JOY:Re the churches in Africa and the joyful way they offer, ’tis true, absolutely true! I’ve seen it with mine own eyes! It took over 2 hours, as they called people up according to the day of the week you were born.. beautiful to see!❤



    SEARCHING: I Love you Sister!❤

    BLESSED BETH: Glad to journey with you!❤

    FOSTER MAMA: YOU rock! Thanking God for your beautiful heart..❤

    And to ALL, BLESSINGS from across the pond wrapped as always in love!❤

  22. Donna Wolcott says:

    Hi Lorna, I used to worry what my donation at a light would be used for and then I decided it wasn’t my job to decide it’s use. Sometimes instead of money I might give granola bars or such. My husband will go pickup a hot coffee and donut to drop off. One day he ran in the house to ask if I would pack a sandwich and fill one of many extra water bottle s we had to bring to someone. Sitting at those lights can be really hard.

  23. Donna Wolcott says:

    Hi Taylor, you can also give for storm related events through the American Red Cross and mark the purpose of the donation. Local food banks are in desperate need as so many are hungry in this country . When I worked I put a box in our lunch area so fellow works could drop off food and then once a month bring it to a small local food cupboard. Just some thoughts.

  24. PamC says:

    So many good comments today to lift spirits and hearts when there’s so much hurt going on in flooding in the South & Northeast, raging fires in the West….lots of aid going out to those so suddenly in need. Lots of prayer too.
    SarahJoy your comments really spoke to my heart ❤️. As I was copying down your line about the “gift of living simply”, I wrote “joy” in place of gift by mistake….but I think it’s both. Thank you for sharing. I too was drawn to do a little side research on the the 3 Pilgrim Festivals. I have a friend who goes to a church that celebrates all the Jewish holidays alongside the Christian.
    Love & hugs & praying y’all.

  25. Dorothy says:

    The blessings I receive from the Lord I need to pass on and I try to do this. But God, one person can only do so much. I have started taking my clothes that I no longer want or can wear to the laundromat I use for them to give away. I also do this with other items I no longer want. The Lord wants us to look out for each other and that is what we must do.
    Have a blessed and wonderful day sisters.

  26. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    My biggest “take-away” from today’s reading is this – God blesses us so that we can bless others, and also give back to Him! Give as we are able, give as God has given to us. Give willingly, cheerfully, and give big! God also two times calls the Israelites to remember. (Deuteronomy 15:15,& 16:12) Remember where and what they were – in Egypt & slaves and where He brought them to – the promised land, and freedom. It is important for us to also remember where we were, and where God has brought us to, how He has blessed us and that all good things come from Him. Great reminder today from the book of Deuteronomy!

    Very thankful for God’s protection over me and my family as we had torrential rain last night, and lots of it! Much flooding in nearby areas, but our town was good. NY got the worst of it, and sadly 7 people died. The tropical storm system that went through and ravaged NJ & NY was the remnant of Ida.

    Continuing to pray for all your requests! Have a blessed Thursday!

  27. Cindy Hanna says:

    Good observation & reminder on who bears the responsibility of motivation lies Sarah Warstler! Well said.

  28. Victoria E says:

    Praise the Lord Jane K! So happy to hear of this wonderful news about your daughter !

  29. Foster Mama says:

    JANE K, Congrats on your new grandbaby. I believe your daughter had some bleeding (or am I confused) and am so happy to hear both Mom and baby are well. It also sounds like your household’s health is taking a good turn…will continue to pray.

    MELANIE, praying fervently for you and any added stress, discomfort, fear and health stuff.

    CHANGED LIFE & JIMIN LEE, I will look
    back to see if I’m missing any comments but, please know you are in my prayers. Will also look back re: if we received updates from people with brain stuff.

    SUSIE H- I love that!! YES!

    MARI V – Thank you for your heart. I’m praying an extra special “surprise” blessing for you today. Really!

    MAURA, well said my dear! (You are always in my prayers.)

    VICTORIA E – Happy ‘Graduation’ to regular OB. Praying! “Knitting”!

    Praying for each sister…MUCH LOVE ❤️

  30. Foster Mama says:

    I LOVE starting my day with (as SEARCHING said it) my “SRT Family” and reading comments throughout the day but, have missed SO many comments the last few days of “busy”…so please forgive me if I’m repeating something another Sister said.

    I grew up knowing the power of tithing and honouring Him with His resources with which He has entrusted us; that my grandparents who had barely enough for their 5 kids would sit with the family on payday, get the kids to do the Math and put 10% in an envelope for the church, more $$ in another envelope for the poorer and then they would manage their needs. When grandpa’s brother died, they inherited 3 more kids (and $0) but somehow the money stretched; another dead brother with a very young widow and child to care for…money somehow grew and stretched and…

    I remember someone preaching about early days of marriage and noticing when they neglected to tithe faithfully for fear of “not having enough”, that their money ended up “leaking” to other irritating things (e.g. an unexpected car repair, a silly ticket, a water leak, etc…)

    (Or the story of the poor Egyptian boy who sold a piece of bread for £10, stopped at the church to give his £1 before going to care for his family, and having the breeze bring a £5 to blow against his body….A million other great stories of giving from need, not excess, and somehow having the coffers grow not diminish…)

    STILL, I sometimes struggle with having my hands give without counting too closely (i.e. in case I give “too much” to God or the poor) but, I pray always for a heart that dispenses my love happily, including with time and material things. I don’t want to give because I EXPECT something from God but, I DO know He is faithful and I have learned you don’t always get the blessings in the form of money. I’ve learned not to be Pharassaical in this area of life.

    (I promise, I’m almost done my LONG post)

    I’ve been told the ONLY place in Scripture God asks people to TEST Him is in Malachi:

    “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
    That there may be food in My house,
    Says the Lord of hosts,
    “If I will not OPEN FOR YOU the windows of heaven
    And pour out for you such blessing
    That there will NOT BE ROOM ENOUGH to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)

    I’m also praying I can live with:

    “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

    LORD, I need You to open my eyes and my hands knowing it’s all from You and for You…Direct my eyes, my ears, my heart and my hands: what do You want of me?!

  31. Maura says:

    Thank you Lord, for reminding us what is important. Reminds me too that there are the poor, not just in money but in loneliness, attention, access to good things for the mind, body and Spirit. I am so thankful to give, but I have to admit about ten years ago God dealt with my heart for there was a time in my life where I was warned about those who make their living above what others make by pan handling and I began to judge, and withheld, but God, He dealt with my spirit and convicted me that I am unworthy to judge and when He calls my heart to give, it is Him who has placed what I have in my hand for just such a purpose. And He is big enough to use what I open up for good, I am just called to listen and obey with gratitude. I have found that when I ask, hasn’t happened often as it has to be in an immobile place, can I pray with you, I have never been turned down and then I ask, what can I pray. People need the wealth God gives us in our hearts over the wealth in our pockets, God has shown this to me many times. Our God is big, tell the world as you give, love them right where they are, that is my challenge, but that is what Jesus does for each of His sheep. Praying for the needs here, running out of time to mention them all, but know He knows and is with you. ERB, thanks for the update. I am praying for His strength for your Umph! I looked at the vessel website, that looks fabulous, it seems like they are asking people to start programs in their area, I need to look again because I didn’t see where they show they might be. Not sure I could start one, but maybe in the future. Would love my girls to be a part of one. Thank you SRT, thank you Sisters.

  32. Mari V says:

    I am not poor. Not really. I am a child of the most High King. My God is providing. I am not a widow, but I am a single parent. Through God’s people, my God is providing. I am so grateful. Whenever I have an opportunity to give what I can, I do. I do because I am grateful for others who have given to me and my children. I’ll never forget, years ago, my friend, G whom I’m still very good friends with, gave me some of her birthday money. They were struggling themselves. But she gave. Today her family is successful. And I want to say that I believe God has blessed her family because she chooses to bless others. very recently she gave me something I really needed. I cherish that item because it was a necessity I am forever grateful for her and her family. So when the opportunity arises and I can give, I do.

  33. Terri says:

    Who do the government food stamps feed. Why can’t these starving people get them to eat something. Does this program need fixing somehow

  34. Jane K says:

    Melanie, thank you for sharing this morning. I will continue to pray for healing for your father-in-law. Also, for your dad that he would stay healthy and have few symptoms. My husband and daughter have covid too. We had one scary night with my husband’s fever going very high, but he is doing great now. We are in quarantine, but otherwise, we are good. I have praise to share. One of my daughters had a baby girl early this morning! Mom and baby are healthy and doing well! God is good!

  35. Julia Bigelow says:

    Hi Taylor! I work at a church in Dallas where our local ministry is specifically refugees (Dallas is one of the largest resettlement areas for refugees and we running an amazing community center for refugees in the heart of that area). We work closely with a few agencies and partners that are refugee-focused. You can also visit our church’s website for what we are doing and how you can jump in wherever you are. Another org we work closely with that is They help with apartment setups for incoming refugees in Dallas. I hope that’s helpful!

  36. Rachel from Texas says:

    @taylor check out Houston Welcomes Refugees. I know they have an amazon wishlist for care packages for refugees.

  37. Susie H says:

    Recently I decided that whenever I have a 5 dollar bill, I stick it in my car so that I have something handy to give when I see people asking for help. Funny that since I decided that, I seem to have more fives to stash away. (Cash is not my usual payment mode) It’s always fun to watch God work.

  38. Mercedes Lopez says:

    I love how the Lord tells us to rejoice repeatedly and that joy is complete when we share in the blessings with those around us!

  39. Mercedes Lopez says:

    I love how the Lord calls us to rejoice repeatedly, and that joy is complete when we give and share in the blessings with those around us!

  40. Ruth Long says:

    Oh Melanie, that’s so hard. I thought about you and started praying for you yesterday, and will again today. Thank you for sharing all that’s going on. Know that there are people praying for you and that the Lord will indeed provide, always. As for the devotional, I can think of times where God stretched me thin, painfully so, and I thought I would snap. But in those moments, he faithfully strengthened my soul, providing me with the physical means or the emotional and mental energy to keep giving, to keep extending my hand to others. He never lets his children go empty handed.

  41. Taylor says:

    I didn’t realize I had jumped ahead on yesterday’s reading about tithes! There is so much hurt and destruction going on in the world and I feel called to give but am unsure where. Can anyone recommend organizations that are helping Afghanistan refugees or Ida relief? I know the radio station KLove is sending trucks of supplies down south and I know of at least two local organizations helping with Afghanistan refugees. The Lord has blessed me so much and I want to be obedient and give my excess to those who need it especially in this very current season

  42. SarahJoy says:

    Teary this morning over the generosity God invites us into! I love to give gifts with thought and intention and it’s been a joy to be united with my husband in our giving. The gift of living simply, so we have more to share cannot be expressed. My husband grew up embarrassingly poor in a different way than the devotional. His story and experiences have taught me so much. It keeps me humble as we live in a different way than many around us. And it also provides opportunities to remind our girls how abundant our life is and how much we have.

    Also, the feasts! Years ago a little house church we attended celebrated the feast of booths. I would like to look into these more to see how God was speaking to His people that He may want to speak to us today.

    I know this post was a little scattered but these subjects are close to my heart.

    Lastly, I woke up this morning overwhelmed with the tasks ahead, but these passages reminded me of God’s generous spirit. Today I have my time to give, and I’ve been called to give it without frustration or a grudging heart. Thank you, Holy Spirit for your whispered truth! ❤️

  43. Aimee DiCicco-Ruhl says:

    Lord open my eyes to those who need Your blessing through me. Amen

  44. Phoebe says:

    (Sorry I hit “post” too early! Let’s try again…)
    So many good things in today’s reading! God calls the Israelites to set aside a tenth SO THAT they will always learn to fear the LORD their God (14:23). What a challenge and encouragement to check our hearts when it comes to our possessions and finances. It also struck me that they are commanded to lend to the poor; it’s not presented as an optional thing. God provides for His people and is generous, and He calls us to have a heart that is for Him and for others.
    When we rest in His provision and care, we can give freely to others. We can trust Him. We don’t need to struggle to provide for ourselves, by ourselves. We don’t need to have a tight fist. God meets our needs, and actually having a generous heart is part of the way that He meets the needs of all of His people. Sometimes we have bounty to give, sometimes we receive that gift from our brothers and sisters.
    In the instructions for the festivals I saw how God wants to be with His people! It wasn’t enough for them to set aside these times to remember what He has done for them in the comfort of their own homes or cities; He required them to COME to the place that He chose (which I’m assuming would be the temple in Jerusalem?) He loves His people and wants to BE WITH them, just like in the Garden! So many echoes of the larger story: God moving in His power to be with His people. <3

  45. Phoebe says:

    So many good things in today’s reading! God calls the Israelites to set aside a tenth SO THAT

  46. Andrea says:

    Love this reminder to give freely. Our church does “blessing bags” we keep two in our car so that when we are out it’s an easy give away. The kids love it. It’s a great opportunity to teach them and show them that there are differences and that we need to care for others. Oh and I was wondering if anyone else sees that the festivals kind of sound like the beginning of building community in the church…

  47. Bessie H says:

    Lorna, I know exactly what you mean. I sit at the lights and feel so awkward. I have prayed about it and I felt the Lord ask me if I could offer my neighbor a cup of cold water. So I started taking water bottles with me when I left home and offering them to people. Honesty, I wasn’t sure what their reactions would be, but I have yet to find anyone who wasn’t grateful and thanked me. It has encouraged me to think of other ways that I can give them because, as we all know, it feels so good to give to others.

  48. Melanie says:

    Good morning sisters. Always looks for ways to bless the poor. It’s amazing how many hungry kids there are out there. I do struggle sometimes with will there be enough for me and my family. God always reminds me “my God shall supply all my needs”. My father in law declined yesterday. They said that is normal after a transplant. He was also very weak. My dad has covid. Please keep praying for our family. My husband has been gone helping his parents at the hospital.

  49. Sarah Warstler says:

    It really stood out to me that the concern for the poor was not rooted in their motive but in the heart of the one with the means to give. In addition to God setting and caring about those who are poor and marginalized, I love how He didn’t neglect to remind them of the importance of taking time to rest, celebrate, and remember while spending time with family. We truly serve an awesome God!

  50. Lorna Davis says:

    There are so many people standing at intersections with signs. I want to have the right heart in these situations. I would love to hear from any of you your thoughts on how to be the light but not be naive or is it not my place to worry about this? BTW, I follow daily and really look forward to all the posts and praying for strangers. Thank you all❤️

  51. Kelly says:

    I love that God asks for a percentage so that there is is equal sacrifice, not necessarily equal contributions.
    I try to live simply so that when needs arise for others I have reserves to help. Also when I tithe to my local church, there are reserves in that “storehouse” to serve needs in the congregation and community.
    Be encouraged to strive to be generous with what God has given you (that may mean giving even more than a tithe) with a joyful attitude. Giving is more a heart issue than a budget issue – what are you placing your trust in?

  52. Lauren Ouellette says:

    Such a good reminder this morning to take care of those in our communities who need our help. ❤️

  53. Searching says:

    Many years ago, 25+ at least, a former pastor challenged the congregation to commit to tithing for 90 days. We had been consistently giving weekly but had never done the math to see what the percentage was – shocking to see that we were nowhere near 10%. We accepted that challenge and I continue to keep track of our earnings and contributions so that we don’t fall below the 10%. Good to remember that God’s portion comes out first, and then the needs (food, house costs, etc) with wants coming last. One of the things I’ve had to work on is being honest with myself on what’s in the needs bucket vs the wants.

    I think most school districts provide breakfast and lunch for many and sometimes all children yet there is still a lot of child and adult hunger in the US and world. It can be lack of food as well as lack of nutritional food. One program in many communities is the Backpack program which provides nutritional food for children to take home on Fridays to get them through the weekend. This has been on my mind for a while and I want to look at ways to help in my location, an area of high poverty. Thankfully, I have never faced true hunger. We always had enough to eat, maybe not excess or fancy, but enough. A friend of mine grew up in extreme poverty and has talked about walking home from school and picking up food that had been tossed out along the road, apple cores, orange peels or whatever they could find. It’s difficult (impossible really) to comprehend hunger to the point of starvation when I’ve never experienced it.

    Praying for all the needs mentioned yesterday, post by post. I start my days with my SRT family and pray and praise with you daily.

  54. Terri says:

    Praise God there are no starving children now like Seana’s mother was because as far as I know every school provides free breakfast and lunch for every child even in summer.