24 In Glimpses

The Faith To Give // Glimpses Link Up

I believe I am a very giving person. I give of my time and resources to the extent that I am able. But sometimes I feel as if my lack prevents me from giving the way that I would want to. So many have come to our aid in our time of need and I want to return the favor. I know others do not give with the expectation of receiving, but my heart is to be able to be the giver, and not just the recipient.

Today Pastor Elijah with Hands of Love visited our church to share the vision and mission of its ministry to almost 2,000 children in Uganda. But my heart did not have to wait to hear the message before I felt God prompting me to act.

When I walked into church early this morning the child sponsorship tables were being set up. I ordered my coffee, and my bagel, and sat down in the lobby to check my Facebook and Instagram feeds. As I glanced over to the table, I kept hearing the Lord prompting me to sponsor a child. Child sponsorship has always been in my heart. Matter of fact my husband and I sponsored a child for about a year through another program several years ago. However when our financial circumstances changed, we did not feel we could continue. We lacked the faith to believe God would provide over and above our needs.

So this morning as I sat there enjoying my coffee and bagel, I kept feeling the nudging of the Holy Spirit. My immediate response was, “Lord, we can’t afford to sponsor a child.” You see, it was the fear of what I saw as a past failure in this area that I was clinging to. After about 15 minutes of reminding the Lord of my lack, I could no longer ignore His voice and I headed over to the child sponsorship table. As I looked at the pictures of the beautiful children and read their stories, I was moved with such compassion and my eyes filled with tears. How could I not help at least one child? With the help of my daughter we picked out a beautiful, nine year old boy to sponsor.

In my lack, I stepped forward in faith to give, knowing God will provide. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

What I learned from this experience is that it’s so easy to respond out of our lack without first seeking the Lord for his provision. That cup of coffee and bagel I purchased this morning was over $7.00. My pledged amount to provide an education, clothing and other basic needs for our child is just $45 a month. I will gladly give up a few cups of coffee so this one can be clothed, fed and discipled in the Word of God. I believe that today I took a step forward to break the poverty spirit that has bound my family for many years. Although I did not give because I know the blessing will follow, I welcome the floodgates of heaven to open on our behalf because of our obedience.

Would you take a moment and ask the Lord how He is calling you to give today? It could be time, money or another resource. If you lack the faith, take a step and watch what God will do.

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #511-520

511. GPS on my phone.
512. Another loss on the scale!
513. A dash of cinnamon in my tea.
514. Celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary of dear friends.
515. Long text chats with friends.
516. Crockpot meals.
517. Baby rolls and double chins.
518. The faith to give behind my means.
519. Our new child to sponsor.
520. The blessing of another year. (Happy birthday to me!)

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply link back here.
2. Link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find each other’s posts.



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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Lesley
    July 3, 2017 at 12:52 am

    I love your story about stepping out in faith to sponsor a child and I’m sure you will be blessed- by seeing God’s provision and also knowing the difference you are making to the boy’s life.
    Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy celebrating!

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      We are excited for this journey. Have a blessed weekend Lesley.

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    Michele Morin
    July 3, 2017 at 3:34 am

    You’re a girl after my own heart, Barbie: “baby rolls and double chins” “crock pot meals!” Yes to these and so looking forward to my grandgirl coming in September.

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Awe, baby girls are so much fun. I hope to have grandgirl or two of my own some day. Blessings!

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    Bev @ Walking Well With God
    July 3, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Barbie,
    Happy Happy Birthday!! So glad you answered God’s call to love outside our borders. Like the children RCF, Inc. serves, there are so many that need the love and hope that can only be found in Jesus.
    Birthday blessings,
    Bev xx

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      You do a great work Bev. I pray you are feeling strong these days.

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    Sarah Geringer
    July 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Such a great post about trusting God and helping others. I’m sharing it on FB and Twitter this week. Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah!

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    jodie filogomo
    July 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

    What a fabulous message, Barbie!! It’s true that helping others can be done. Maybe a little sacrifice on our part, but it comes full circle!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      It most certainly does Jodie. Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply
    Lisa notes
    July 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

    What a blessing you will be to this little boy, Barbie! It can make all the difference in his world. May we all follow your example and listen to the Spirit’s tugging at our hearts and act on it.

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      I am thankful we answered God’s call for this precious one. I look forward to hearing testimony of how our gift is helping him. Blessings!

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    Donna Reidland
    July 3, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Barbie, what a blessing as we step out in faith and trust God for the results! Have a happy and blessed 4th.

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you Donna! Blessings for a beautiful weekend.

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    June
    July 3, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday, sweet friend! Wishing you all of God’s best today and always!

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you June! I had a blessed day, even though I did have to work.

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    BettieG
    July 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! And may you thoroughly enjoy those sweet little baby-rolls from those little Grands! Thanks for a stirring post to encourage a giving heart! Blessings to you!

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you Bettieg!

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    Gayl
    July 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    When God stirs our hearts we have to act, right? You are a blessing, Barbie, to all those you touch through your words and life.

    Blessings to you! Happy Birthday! 🙂 xo

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you Gayl. I appreciate the encouragement.

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    Maree Dee
    July 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Thank you for stepping forward in faith and being vulnerable to share it with all of us. I have recently been trying to listen carefully to God as he prompts me to give or do something. On Sunday I was so blessed when I acted out of obedience to give a young girl a hug. In my obedience to God, she ended up being my blessing of the day.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Maree

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      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      There is so much power in a hug, both for the giver and the one it is given to. Thankful you were blessed.

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    Diana
    July 4, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Happy birthday, Barbie! Er, um… late, but still! 🙂

    Awesome message! If we just give in and let God do His thing… well, then it all works out one way or another!

    You will get a fantabulous multitudinous amount of blessings from the love of God that you’re sharing with that child!

    Have a blessed week, my friend!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      July 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Diana!

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