This day in age just about everything will cost you money and if you don’t have it then you wouldn’t be getting much. There was one point in time where I was makingexcellent pay and one would think that since I made good money that I would have been happy, but quite the opposite was true. I thought I was rich so I would go out and spend beyond my means, the way I figured it was the next paycheck would make up the difference. I was wrong, I was actually miserable and constantly broke. I do much better when I had less money because I end up spending it more wisely and this is something that God has shown me. When there are a few dollars in my pocket God impresses me to be a good Steward, giving to ones in need but only after taking care of my families needs first. By needs I don’t mean fancy cars or expensive worthless material items that don’t make you happy anyways. Pay your tithes to God, then your bills and food, then the rest God shows me what can be done to better someone else’s life. While God is guiding me to be humble in every aspect of my life my eyes have been opened up to miracles that happen when you don’t have that extra money in hand. My work has been so slow this year going a couple of months without work but I praise God that my wife still has her job and that our needs are met. I believe wholeheartedly that money should not be stored in the bank while people have to go without food or warm clothes when the temperature drops to an unreasonable degree. Having empathy for others and helping the homeless God has touched my heart to give all that is extra. In our current financial situation, I can see the worry in my wife’s eyes and I feel for her but all I can do is reassure her that we just need to trust and have faith that God will see us through. Last night we were having dinner at my parents home. We had a great meal but you could tell my parents were up to something but I didn’t want to pry. Upon finishing our meal my dad handed my wife and me an envelope and my dad started to tear up as he proceeded to tell us that grandpa would have wanted you to have this. My grandpa had passed away a couple months ago and was still fresh on everyone’s mind and I could see the heartbreak in my fathers’ eyes. Now everyone was in a puddle as we opened up the envelope to see what all the sobbing was about and enclosed was a check for a large amount. Praise God, I still can’t believe how he Blesses us and constantly watches out for us.

Matthew 6:25-26 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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