Divine Providence

“…Freely you have received; freely give.”—Matthew 10:8

My brother and I were raised by a single mother with little or no child support. Our car was a lot older than my friends’ cars. For most of my elementary years, I qualified for and received a free lunch from my school. My classmates wore name brand clothing, but I knew better than to even ask for it. Yet, I never went to bed hungry for lack of food a day in my life. I always had warm clothes to wear, and we always owned a car. I suppose my humble background inspires a deep understanding of what it means to have very little, but it also gave fruit to a great faith in God’s provision.

Even after I graduated from college, I struggled financially for many years. It still amazes me to see the strange and funny ways the Lord provides for me at just the right time. Once I had absolutely no money, and someone in my family sent me a check without knowing my circumstance. Another time, an electronics company reimbursed the full price of my electronic because of some defect that had been found in some of the products. (Mine worked fine.) Another time, my car insurance paid for my vehicle because of a little hail damage. Those are just a few of many examples of how God blessed me with provision that had His signature—the unexpected miracles when I needed them most.  Freely I have received so freely I try to give.

I still am not swimming in cash, but what I do have— I give to God. Sometimes it is things I donate to the Salvation Army. Other times, I donate some time to volunteer to help someone out. Also, I like to share my inspiration and talent to write. That’s how this website got started. Recently I was also blessed to be able to contribute a story for an anthology that is giving 100% of the profit to a charity that assists the poor. (If interested in learning more about this book, click Birds of Passage.)

I hope you, dear reader, will freely receive grace, forgiveness, help, treasures, and talent. Then, in turn, I pray you will freely give all of those wonderful gifts in obedience to God’s Holy Word. I can personally tell you that both giving and receiving glorify God, help us draw near to Christ, and inspire a deep fulfillment in one’s being. Have a blessed weekend!

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Prayer for Malawi

 

Wildflowers in Malawi

by Kim Bond

Lord,

I pray for Your country that You love—Malawi.

Thank you for these beautiful African people;

they are like wildflowers sunning themselves in a field.

Rain down a rich blessing on the poor in this nation

for You have made them heirs to a divine inheritance.

Heap Your love, mercy, and grace as high

as the magnificent Mount Mulange

for Your love is as deeper than Lake Malawi.

We praise You that You have populated

this land with a large number of Christians.

Make them swift as the antelope to carry Your Word

to every corner—from swamp to shore.

Quadruple the number and size of fish drawn out of its waters,

and likewise quadruple the number and size of disciples

raised up by Your missionaries across its land—

from Mzuzu in the north to Blantyre in the south.

Extend the free gift of salvation to the

unreached people of Gujarati, Kachchi, Swahili, and Yao.

Bring an end to the disastrous flooding

according to Your enduring and everlasting kindness.

Weave together a quilt of cooperation among missionaries, officials, and others

to improve the quality of life for its people especially in the areas of

economy, communication, and infrastructure.

Raise Your hand to halt the AIDS/HIV epidemic,

and heal those on beds of suffering with Your loving touch.

Shine Your righteous light in every corner

so every man, woman, and child knows that

calling on Your glorious Name gives power to the weak,

wisdom to the foolish, and hope to the hopeless.

Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer.

In Christ’s Name,

Amen.

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