From My Heart to Yours

From My Heart to Yours

-Susan Skoglund, Executive Director
As I reflect on my blessings, asking God how much to give- beyond my tithe to our home church, I've been meditating on many scriptures which refer to money and giving. I’m by no means wealthy according to our culture’s standards, yet most of us in the west are living a lifestyle far above the vast majority people in this world.

"It is more blessed to give than receive"
-Acts 20:35

Blessed means joyful, happy, and pleasantly fulfilling.THANK YOU for giving! What a joyful, pleasantly fulfilling feeling to bless someone else- right? Be sure to read Brooke’s story and you will certainly feel blessed!

On the other hand the scriptures warn of stinginess in the parable of the guy who builds the barns and hoards all of his goods, building bigger barns as they fill up.

From Luke chapter 12:
“And He (Jesus) told them this parable:“The ground of a certain rich man
yielded an abundant harvest.He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool!This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Right after this Jesus tells His followers not to worry about what they’ll eat and wear, and to trust God to take care of them like He does the lilies of the fields and birds of the air. I’ve certainly seen His miraculous
provision in my life over years where we struggled to make ends meet with our 3 children!

From Mark chapter 12:
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’ “