Scrimping

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Physically I’m still ailing, but I got the best news today that a Grandmother can ever get regarding her Granddaughter. Isabel said YES to JESUS! Without prompting she came to her Mother last night (Sunday), requesting to talk to her about JESUS. She answered proper questions in the proper way and she prayed asking JESUS to come live in her heart! At age 8 she has made the greatest decision of her entire life!!  Her Mom and I had been praying and waiting, just listening and answering any questions she had — it is joy unspeakable!

I do not often randomly open my Bible, and my eyes and start reading. Tonight I did. At 2 Samuel 24 and when I got to verses 24 and 25 I knew I had the Text for our consideration.

24. However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer brunt offerings to the Lord my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

I confess I often scrimp on certain items I purchase.  On some things, I can do that without detriment to the finished product. But as I read this verse of Scripture I was thrilled to sense within me that I don’t want to scrimp when it comes to my offerings to the LORD. No, rather than scrimping on what I offer Him, I want to be lavishly generous.  I hope this sense of generosity does not fade, especially as we are approaching the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons.

25. David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, “Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

The LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back. Again that sense of knowing came. Just knowing that if we will pray for America, He will hear and He will be moved to stay the plague upon us. What plague? The plague of selfishness, idolatry, and rebellion against the God who loves us! If we will pray, He will hear and revival will come.

Father, thank You for Your Word; thank You, HOLY SPIRIT, that You make it alive; that You make it live and move from the page to our hearts. I am so grateful.  And I pray to be a generous woman, generous with gifts and offerings to You; generous in love, mercy, and forgiveness to others.  I pray too for America; that You will hear our prayers and heal this Land; that You will have mercy on us and pour out knowledge and conviction; that we will have knowledge of our sins and contrite spirits that grieve over our sins and forsake them. I pray to see a Great Awakening in America. And I pray for our IDOK Troops that You will continuously protect them and that each will come home safe and sound at the appointed time.  And, Father, I pray for Jerry and me too — we’d like to be well soon, for all traces of coughing, sore throat, and that achy worn-out feeling to be gone and renewed strength to take its place. Thank You that Jerry is better and thank You that I will be too. I ask for rest and peace for us all in JESUS’ NAME. Amen and amen.

Holy hugs, kt

3 thoughts on “Scrimping

  1. Praise God Isabel!
    Yes, I believe if we pray for our land HE will hear and answer. Thanks for the reminder in this world of …

  2. I am reading my new book as often as possible and I am stirred by it’s powerful message every time I pick it up. I want to share it with every woman I know and I understand why you did also. I join you in praying for our nation to be what God intended for it to be…not what it has become. He will work a mighty Wonder in us if we let Him.

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