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"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?"
"See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these."
"If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
will he not much more clothe you?"
Today at Moms in Touch we gathered in God's presence, focusing on him as our provider. Throughout our time we reflected on 1 Timothy 6:17-19: "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
Adoration: We praised God for being the provider of everything that we need. We praised him because he provides richly, and not sparingly. We praised him because he has an unlimited supply, and no matter how many come to him, he has an abundance available for all that he desires to share. We praised him because he is never surprised by any need, nor at a loss for how he will manage to meet it.
Confession: During our silent time of confession, we asked God to show us any area in our lives where we are overwhelmed or worried by not having enough of what we need; things like finances, time, wisdom, help, skill, compassion. We asked him to help us recognize our worries right away so that we would turn directly to him as our provider.
Thanksgiving: We spent some sweet time thanking God for his provision for us and our families in recent days, weeks and months. I need to go back and make a list of needs that he has faithfully met!
Supplication (requests): We prayed for our kids to be quick to notice their needs and to turn to God as their provider. We prayed many of the elements of the verses above--that they would have such confidence in his provision that they would feel free to be generous. We prayed that they would seek their satisfaction in things that will last instead of the empty treasures of this world that promise to make them happy, but ultimately disappoint, that they would take hold of the life that is truly life. We also prayed that the staff members at their schools would find joy in God's provision.
How about you? Of what do you find yourself needful today? Take a moment to share that need with the God who richly provides us everything for our enjoyment.