Here is a testimony from a mom who’s been there and testifies of the faithfulness of God’s provision:

God provides…abundantly…all that we need.

In the book of Matthew, God promises to provide all that we need. 

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:25-34

Wow! There are a lot of promises in here…God will provide our food, drink, clothing…all that we need.

 Do we believe that?  Do I believe that?

I’d like to say, YES, of course! However, what do my actions say?

My husband, Mike, and I just celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary, and this milestone has caused me to reminisce about the early years of our marriage.  We certainly made some questionable financial decisions in order to get the things we thought we “needed.”

We both became Christians early in our marriage, and it didn’t take long for God to show us that we were robbing Him of His tithe.  We committed to give God the firstfruit–10%.

We cut our income in half when we began having kids, were working to pay off debt, and starting to tithe all around the same time which did not seem to add up financially. This formula simply does not work, or rather, shouldn’t work, but it did work because we began to take God at His word which says:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33

I was enticed to fear and distrust that God would feed, clothe, and shelter all the children He so graciously entrusted to our care, but Mike and I determined to trust that God would supply all of our needs.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

And He did!

God provided a home for us that would have been impossible to buy. It was miraculous the way God worked out details to aid us in purchasing our home.

Our  growing family was also a big leap of faith. Do you know how much Google says it costs to raise a child? $233,000! That number does not even include college!

Now, if I was putting my trust in Google…whew…raising 11 children is impossible, even foolish.  But we have seen God provide not only for our needs but our wants too.  Just this summer, I bought an entire laundry basket of clothes for my boys at a garage sale for pennies on the dollar.  And let me just say, God was so kind to provide hockey jerseys. My boys didn’t need hockey jerseys, but it was like icing on a cake. God went above and beyond what we needed to provide something they wanted.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many ways God has been true to His promises to me and my family. I can look back over 28 years with a bird’s eye view.   I can see all the concrete and miraculous ways God has provided and continues to do so.

You may be in year 1 or 2  or 12 of marriage or parenting and doubting that these promises are true. Trust God, it is true! God does provide, and He will provide for you, too.

Trust God, not Google.

God supplies…abundantly…all that we need. What a great promise!

Love, Sharon

Sharon Ahrendt

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