Giving

Karen and I lead a group called” WHAT” on Tuesdays every week. What, stands for, without human applause today. It is a Bible study group that is mainly for the homeless in our town, but is open to everyone. This Tuesday was awesome, we hadn’t had any chairs to spare because the room was so full. We like to have a topic ready but always pray for the Holy Spirit to lead us, so if something else comes up He leads us to speak. We will go around the room for a brief check-in, asking what good and bad things are going on in their lives. We are always amazed at how the topic will change. Two of our members were talking about giving things to others and how they have trouble with giving too much and working on not expecting things back. God asks us to be a cheerful giver, not to give more than you have, and not to expect to be paid back when lending. These can be hard to do when you work really hard for what you have. Sometimes we feel as though people aren’t deserving, so we judge and start to become bitter when others ask. God, help us to be able to give to others without expecting anything in return. Help us to give cheerfully and to only give what we can. In Jesus name amen.

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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