A few weeks ago, I had a stimulating conversation with one of the women at my church - a divorced mom of two teen aged girls who not too long ago had lost her job. She was sharing how managing her money was tight and that she couldn’t afford to send both of her girls to homecoming. Understanding her heart and having a desire to help, I offered to contribute funds to help cover some of the costs, and that’s when it happened. She began to cry and while crying she started declining my offer. Before she could say no, I interjected that it was not optional for her to accept my gift. Adhering to the quickening in my Spirit, I handed her some of the money immediately and told her to expect the rest in a couple of days.
What was it that made her not want to receive the gift? Not wanting to speculate I inquired, her response was the same as my cousin's a few months earlier when my neighbor wanted to sow into his lawn care business.
After finishing my yard, he came in for a glass of cold water. In casual conversation he asked if I’d ever socialized with my next door neighbors. I told him no more than hi and bye with the wife but no conversation with the husband. He commenced to telling me how genuine the husband was. The neighbor shared with my cousin he was in the lawn care business also and that he had a lawn mower and trimmer that he no longer needed it and offered it to my cousin. Initially the neighbor’s kind gesture was declined but later my cousin decided to accept the mower but not the trimmer. I asked if he had a trimmer and he said no or that is broken. I asked why didn’t he accept the trimmer from my neighbor. He couldn’t give me an answer right away so I probed, I really wanted to know what made him not take the trimmer. He finally said it was because he didn’t want to appear needy - that was the same response the sister at my church gave.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8 NIV
Many of us struggle in life because the vision we have about abundance is obscured. A lot of the dilemmas we face are a direct reflection of our inability to receive from others. We are taught that we must work hard to have what we need when we need it, but that my friend is not the abundant way.
I want to tell you something. Are you listening? Okay here it is, “God uses people to bless people.” However, if you experience internal conflict when it comes to receiving from others, it is likely that you are unable to tune into abundance.
"The blessing of the LORD establishes wealth, and difficulty does not accompany it." Pro. 10:22
The abundant way is light, loving and liberating. It is uncomplicated, smooth and simple. Tuning in to abundance, or being in the flow means being plugged in to the Source, the Holy Spirit and lovingly allowing life’s circumstances to unfold in divine timing and in whatever manner God sees fit. There have been several instances in my own life when I needed a particular thing and it would show up through someone else.
My credit was shot. After quitting my job to build my business, money was scarce this caused a lot of my bills to be unpaid or paid late and resulted in a low credit score. Thank goodness God does not measure us the way the world does. I needed a car however I was not in a position to make a down payment, pay a car note and it was highly unlikely anyone would approve me for a car loan. I asked God for a car, a reliable and decent car and guess what, someone gave me a car! I could have allowed myself to be stressed and strained over how I would get a car however I chose to tune into the flow of abundance and follow the abundant way.
When we are tuned into abundance we stand with assurance that God is for us and we believe with all our heart that all our needs are supplied. We do not try to dictate how our needs are met, yet we remain open and simply receive. God is way more creative than we could ever be when it comes to providing, don’t allow pride, shame, and unworthiness keep you away from abundance.
If you struggle internally with receiving or emotionally in other areas of your life, join my monthly empowerment call R.I.S.E & W.I.N where you learn to release internal struggles effortlessly so you can walk in newness; we meet every 4th Thursday of the month.
Until next time,
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