Have you ever thought that what you had to offer God was embarrassingly small or not enough? Maybe you feel that someone else can do it better than you. Maybe you feel unqualified. Maybe you feel like you’ve messed up so much in your life that God could never use you. If so, then stop comparing yourself to what others have to offer. God doesn’t look for the big givers. He isn’t interested in the best talent or the biggest wallet. He isn’t looking for the pastor with the best catchy phrases and a big following. He isn’t looking for the woman who writes the best selling Bible studies. Certainly God uses these people and they do a great work for God. But more than anything, God desires the person who is sold out to Him. He best uses the person who sacrificially surrenders their all to Him. Certainly “giving all” can be big gifts, but sometimes it’s just two small mites.
A mite was a tiny copper coin and the smallest in Jewish currency. The two of them together made up a penny. As Jesus watched the people in the temple, this old widow woman caught His attention as she dropped her two tiny mites in the temple coffer. For this widow woman who caught Jesus’ attention, she may have thought all she had to give was two tiny cooper coins, but in doing so, her story was recorded in both Mark’s gospel and Luke’s and from her sacrificial gift, we can learn three things.
The first thing we see is that her sacrificial gift caught Jesus’ attention. God always sees what man overlooks and He thought her gift was important enough to add to His Word (not once, but twice!) for all the generations that followed. As others gave “out of their abundance,” their coins would have made a lot of noise as they were dropped into the coffers. The widow’s mites hardly made a sound at all – yet all of heaven heard it. What no one else noticed, caught the eye of God.
Second, the widow teaches us that God evaluates things differently than man does. Her two mites only added up to a penny, but Jesus said she had given more than the people who dropped lots of coins in the coffer. Why? Because her gift was sacrificial – it was all she had. It was her entire livelihood. The rich, however, still had plenty of money left after they gave to God. They had not sacrificed anything in what they gave. The widow gave God her everything, trusting Him to supply and meet her needs. In Proverbs 21:2, we read that God weighs our hearts. In Jeremiah 17:10, God says that he searches the heart and tests the mind. You see, God doesn’t “need” anything we have to offer. He doesn’t need our money, our time, our talents, or our service. What we offer Him, should be out of a thankful heart for what He has done for us. God knows what motivates us to give. If its done out of duty or responsibility, it doesn’t honor and glorify Him. If it’s done to point attention to ourselves, then we get the glory rather than God. But when we give sacrificially out of our love for Him, then He receives the honor and glory.
The third thing we can learn from the widow is faith. One might ask, “whatever could one buy with just two mites?” Some of those rich givers that day might have sneered at her tiny offering, had they noticed. To the widow, it didn’t matter. She gave her all out of her faith that God would use it and that God would meet all of her needs. The two tiny cooper coins that added up to a penny was her entire livelihood and she chose to give it to God because she had faith that He would accept her gift, use it to glorify Him, and that He would meet her needs.
I’m sure she had no idea that her sacrificial gift would be recorded in two gospels that became part of our Bible and that God would use it to teach us that 1) God sees what others overlook, 2) God evaluates things differently than man, and 3) that when we give what we have in faith God will use it for His glory. So if you feel that God has been calling you to give or serve in some way, but you felt that what you had to offer Him was too small, insignificant, or not good enough, then know that you have exactly what God is looking for. Give him your all and He will receive the glory. Offer all that you have and just watch what God will do with your sacrificial gift.
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Don’t forget to learn this week’s memory verse:
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In 2020 our emphasis is on revival for America with three key words: revive, renew, and redeem. You will begin to see the elements of our website and posts reflect this emphasis. We hope you’ll join us in praying for God to pour out the Holy Spirit with a mighty rushing wind of revival for our nation and around the world.
Our key verse for revival is 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. For the past few weeks, we have been focusing on repentance. This week, we look at the spiritual transformation that takes place when we surrender our heart to God.
This week’s memory verse:
“Come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker..”
#bowdown #COVID19 #coronavirus #prayer #revival #WCM
Mother’s Day is May 10th.
Need a gift for mom on Mother’s Day? We’ve got her covered with two variations of this design based on Proverbs 31:25. Honor her on her special day to let her know she is clothed with strength and dignity.
Available in tees for women, mugs, bags, and other products. Here’s a sample of a few of the products you can choose with this design. Check out all the available products in the Spreadshirt shop. Also available in the Teespring shop
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|God Has More In Store Mug|
By Carpentree, Inc
Gift mug with uplifting words and upscale design
|Mother’s Day, Mug and Journal Gift Set|
By Christian Art Gifts
Boxed gift set for mom, makes gift-giving so easy
|Mug Ceramic Love You Mom|
By Christian Art Gifts
Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
|Mom, Thank You Ceramic Mug|
|Love You Mom Glass Water Bottle|
By Christian Art Gifts
Soft touch pink and white Mom Collection of fine gifts she’ll love
|Power Prayers for Moms|
By Rachel Quillin / Barbour Publishing
Struggling to talk with God? In this concise yet spiritually powerful guide, Quillin offers solid biblical foundations, powerful prayer starters, Scripture verses, and the life experiences of historic and contemporary mothers. In 21 chapters, she covers key areas of life including children, home, church, career, marriage, goals, and more. An ideal gift for Mother’s Day! 192 pages, 4.25″ x 6.75″ softcover from Barbour.
|Mom, Written on My Heart Photo Frame|
By Grandparent Company
Written on my Heart memorial gift brings comfort to those who lost someone special. Black frame with heart shaped photo opening, features heartfelt sentiment for Mom written in white. 8″ x 10″ frame for wall or tabletop display; holds 4″ x 6″.
Mom… written on my heart
|Dear Mom Plaque|
Heartwarming gift for mom, perfect for birthdays, mother’s day, or special occasion.
Plaque in vintage postcard design with colorful flowers and heartfelt sentiment. 8″ x 10″.
Dear Mom, You mean so much to me, more than words could ever say. No one else could take your place for even a single day. From my earliest memories your love has always been there. Even when you scolded me, you were really saying “I care”. You’ve helped through the bad times and shared my joy in the good. You have given so much for me as only a mother could. It’s a precious gift from God to have a mother like you, because in your special love I can see His love shine through.
|God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart: A Bible Study for Moms|
By Bobbie Wolgemuth / Thomas Nelson
Formatted to suit a mom’s busy schedule, God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart provides mothers at any stage of life with thoughtful, biblical encouragement for each and every day.
|Creative Counterpart: Becoming the Woman, Wife, and Mother You’ve Longed to Be|
By Linda Dillow / Thomas Nelson
Scripture says a good wife is trustworthy, industrious, faithful, charitable, wise, kind . . . much more than just a helper! In this biblical and entertaining bestseller, Dillow shows you how to grow in all the areas of your chosen vocation as partner and parent. Includes study and project guide for individuals or small groups. 262 pages, softcover from Nelson.
|Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother|
By Eugene H. Peterson & The Navigators / NavPress
Get to know Mary, a modest young woman in a forgotten town under the shadow of empire, who mothered Jesus from childhood to crucifixion. Mary: Seeing God through the Eyes of a Mother is a four-session coloring Bible study for adults. It incorporates beautiful illustrations, coloring, the text of The Message, and a mix of study and reflection questions to help you understand both the text of the Bible and your own connection to Mary’s story.
|The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study|
By Lisa Whelchel / Howard Books
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Bible Study is a 3-month guide to help frazzled moms interact with God’s Word in just 15 minutes a day! During the first month (each week is five days), Lisa teaches twenty fun Bible-study methods which you’ll take turns applying to Scripture passages. Months two and three contain less and less teaching as you learn to mine the gems hidden in Scripture and apply them on your own. Scripture reading and space for journaling your insights and prayers are included so you won’t require extra materials or resources. Paperback.
|Building Circles of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls & Their Moms|
By Catherine Bird / Leafwood Publishing
In Building Circles of Grace, moms and daughters will explore what it means to build and sustain Christ-centered relationships that we develop beyond our relationship with God. Some of the toughest experiences we encounter as young girls (and moms, too) are a result of the people we choose as friends.
How do you respond with grace to a bully? How do you cope with the loss of a friendship? Can you really make a difference by putting Jesus first when it is not the cool thing to do? Building Circles of Grace invites moms and daughters to discuss all of these questions and more.
|Hoodwinked Study Guide: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off – eBook|
By Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk / Zondervan
This six-session video-based study from Karen Ehman, author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Ruth Schwenk, of http://www.thebettermom.com, will encourage and inspire women to embrace their roles as mothers wholeheartedly yet realistically, whether they work outside the home, have a home business, or are stay-at-home moms. Study Guide Only.
|Unlocking the Treasure: A Bible Study for Moms Entrusted with Special-Needs Children – eBook|
By Bev Roozeboom / WestBow Press
|Rest: Finding Stillness in the Midst of Busy|
By Kara-Kae James / David C Cook
God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars: 365 Daily Challenges to Grow Your Marriage
By Julia M. Bruce / WestBow Press
There’s no doubt that marriage is hard work. Yet it can also be one of the most fulfilling relationships you can experience, outside of your relationship with God. However, many marriages leave God outside of the relationship. Godly marriages do not happen without cultivating it, investing in it, and putting God first in your individual lives and in your marriage.
This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:
• Scripture to memorize and meditate on
• Conversation Starters
• Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
• Romance Builders
• Relationship Builders
• Personal reflections
• Date ideas
• Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples