Does God want me to “prosper?” Of course! Can I give my way out of anything, and into anything I want? Of course not!
I was “taught” for so many years, “Give all you have and God will bless you.” Of course the “teaching” of there is a “special grace” given by God for those who do give everything away, was left out. The “teaching” that your home, marriage, and family were as much of a “ministry” as anything else is, and has to be maintained as well, was also “left out.” Because of not having these teachings I did it.
I am not saying, “God does not bless our giving.” What I am saying, “If one is giving for the wrong reasons, “squat” is coming your way.” In fact I almost went “bankrupt” and know people in my life who did. The only ones who got rich, were the “televangelist.” Swimming pools, 250,000 toilets, private planes, diamond rings, etc… Don’t dare ask them for “help,” even if you “gave” to their ministry, nine times out of ten the answer was, ”No, but we will pray for you.” Then some would even want to charge you for prayer. That is true!
All I mostly heard from my home pulpit, was the same. Yet, the Church doors were closed during the week, there were no food baskets for the hungry, nothing set up for school supplies for the kids who could not afford them, no Christmas tree with a child’s name on it for Christmas, and no winter coats bought. We had a pretty new piano though, which caused a big fight!
Through the “teachings” of the Church I learned, “God does bless us, when we give, especially when we give of ourselves and our time.” When we become “selfless” in all we do. I also learned “maintaining my life was as important as anything else is.” That my life was also a “blessing from God.” That everything must have “balance.”
Many Saints, gave up all they had. With this came a “special grace” and calling on their lives. God provided for all their needs.
The call on my life is one of “wife,” “mother” and “Mee-Mee.” God has given to me a “special grace” to maintain this, and has provided for all of my needs. He expects me to take care of these things, as well as my Church and those in my community.
Have a great weekend!
God Bless, SR