Wednesday, February 16, 2011

HE Provides

Anyone else working on taxes these days?
Brian and I spent time on ours last weekend. (Oh, yeah. We know how to plan an exciting weekend! *wink*) And as the number-crunching came to a close I found myself face-to-face with another example of God's perfect provision.

I had entered all the income and expense information for my speaking and book sales, and when I hit the final 'Done' button and Turbo Tax made its last calculations, the report was that I 'made' a couple hundred dollars in 2010.
Ever since I began speaking and writing I have always said - I'm not in this for money. I don't want to charge big fees. I want to share my story, and the things God is teaching me. That's what it's all about!
Yet every year at tax time - when I see in numbers how the previous year went - I am tempted to link my worth to a number. And when I consider an average income of less than $20 a month, I tend to rate that 'worth' on the lower end of worthiness.

This year, however, something different happened.

I had gathered all my papers and forms together, and was taking them downstairs to put them away in the office. As I knelt down on the floor to stow my folders I realized a beautiful thing. God provided perfectly for me the amount of money I needed to cover the expenses I accrued in 2010.
The number I just saw on Turbo Tax was not an evaluation of my worth. Rather, it was a testimony to God's faithfulness. His perfect provision.
It was another moment in which I felt God was telling me, Trust Me, Karen. I will provide for you just what you need. You can count on it.
And because I was already on my knees putting my folders away, I stayed there a little longer so I could pray and give thanks to God.
Because HE is good.
Because HE is faithful.
Because HE provides!



Anonymous said...

This is exactly what the "Holy Spirit" has been revealing to me as well... And just like your posting for today...God's message continues!! There is no amount of money that would cover the blessings you send our way.

Thank you my friend for all that you do for others :O}

Hope you have a wonderful day!!
Debby Ann

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Yippee God!!! He is so good. Love this post, Karen. It is so easy to tie our kingdom worth to our earthly status and that is all kinds of wrong. Good for you...your heart was open to God's reminder.


Irritable Mother said...

Debby Ann - And no amount of money would cover the joy of serving my KING. I am blessed!
Thanks for your encouragement.

Leah - All kinds!
It's moments like this one which assure me - God is changing my heart. 'Cuz that way of thinking is soooo not ME.

getting Fit said...

: ) that is truly awesome!!!! this year....i messed up with my taxes so God is letting me learn the hard way lol!!! I just happy to be able to have a job and file taxes!!

Irritable Mother said...

Brittany - GOD is awesome! :o)
Yes. I am thankful for my job, and my opportunities to speak!

Ronel Sidney said...


Irritable Mother said...

Ronel - :o)