30 Days of Grateful Praise:: Provision

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provision: 1. the providing or supplying of something, especially of food or other necessities.  2. arrangement or preparation beforehand, as for the doing of something, the meeting of needs, the supplying of means, etc.     3.something provided; a measure or other means for meeting a need.

A home, warm blankets, a job, a timely word, fresh food, a good friend, running water, a song, an unexpected check…. the list of what I tend to lump under the title “provision” could go on and on.

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A few weeks ago I shared about our abundance of tortilla chips (which I’m craving again as I type this…) and the way God gets a kick out of providing for us– even in the simplest things . You can read more about that here if you missed it (and I apologize in advance for tempting you with Mexican food…again).

And since then, I can’t get over how much He chooses to work in the small things. Maybe even in the things we take for granted like turning on the heater and getting, well, heat.

As I sat down with 2 Corinthians 9 this morning I kept getting hung up on verse 10:

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

I don’t know about you, but I know I struggle with thinking I have to provide and produce and accomplish all on my own if I’m going to have anything in this life but in reality maybe we are called more to be the farmers– or the care takers– of what God has already given to us.

Our business is to tend our seeds– these oft times overlooked little pieces of provision.

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For it’s in the meeting of basic needs that God’s name is proclaimed, exalted and lifted up.

He generously gives us our daily bread much like the manna from Heaven which He provided to Israel—but they weren’t to save it and store it up and build barns to hoard it all. They were called to USE it. Share it. Find nourishment in it. Give it away and not hide it because gifts squirreled away all too often can be rendered useless. It’s never in striving and taking that our needs will be fulfilled, but in giving.

And above all in giving thanks.

Until we release our expectations and search for His in exchange we may very well miss the blessing of something greater than we could even imagine.

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Everything we have and everything we are starts with God and being thankful and content with what He provides is truly the path to great gain.

What little seeds of thanks can you offer today?

 


4 thoughts on “30 Days of Grateful Praise:: Provision

  1. First I am so curious if that delicious spread of food is in your house? And did you cook all of that scrumptiousity? {I just coined another new word — LOL — your blog drives my creativity!} But what little things we do take for granted — like heat and food, rarely realizing that it deserves our grateful thanks just as much as the big things in our lives. I’m joining you in praise of the little things — but is it okay if I substitute the heat for air conditioning!? 🙂

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    1. Hahaha! Yes you may sub heat for A/C— which I am very grateful for as well!! And sadly that spread is not at my house…(I wish!) but at my cousin’s last Thanksgiving and I think I only had a hand in the pecan pie and the green bean casserole. My mama’s family got all the cooking genes! And I’m so glad I can ignite your word creation skills!! : )

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