Mom to Mom: The Miracle of Giving

The first christmas was so special because it was all about giving. The Savior came to give his all. From that gift miracles were born. Things happened beyond the norm because of the power of giving unselfishly.

Acts 20:35 (KJV)

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

When was the last time we asked our kids what they wanted to give for Christmas instead of what they wanted to receive?

As a child, my Mom demonstrated sacrificial giving living in our lives. I remember  observing her give her last dollar in the offering and God providing a need the next day.

When my children were young, we had a missionary encouraging our church to give sacrificially. My girls gave all their money to missions that they had been saving for barbie dolls. We lived in the back of our small church and were pastoring with limited resources. After the service I decided I was going to purchase my daughters those dolls, no matter what. But when we went to my husband’s office that following Sunday, there on his desk were Toys-R-Us gift certificates for just the right amount. The Lord spoke to me in that moment and said, “When they give to me, you don’t bless them, I do.”

My girls experienced a miracle that day, and I learned a valuable lesson. If I had purchased those barbies, or if they had not given to God and bought the barbies as planned, all they would have had was a barbie that one day would be a memory. Instead, they gave to a soul that one day they will meet in heaven, and experienced a miracle that only comes from giving. I almost unknowingly robbed them of that.

When we bless ourselves, it always comes with strings attached: credit card debt and the void created by materialism, but when God blesses, there are no strings attached – just blessings.

Miracles are born in a manger, on a cross and in the lives of those who learn to give. Don’t short change your daughter this Christmas by filling a Christmas list of wants, but help them experience the greatest gift, the miracle that only comes from giving.

about-mom

Tammy Huba and her husband, Daniel, pastor in Tallahassee, FL. She is a graduate of Jackson College of Ministries with a Bachelor’s of Music. She is a motivational speaker, accomplished musician and vocalist, but most of all… the mom to three incredible girls.

When All You Have Left… is Trust

It was one of those weeks! A week where: my professor announced a surprise quiz, I got stuck in a traffic jam twice which caused me to be late to class, I did my project wrong, I spent an hour trying to fix a machine at school and ended up leaving frustrated, my screen protector on my phone messed up, my hair hadn’t been washed in eight days, and my computer started slowing down. It was just one of those weeks where nothing seemed to go right, nothing seemed to work out. One of those weeks that leaves you frustrated, questioning whether you are even in God’s will, or questioning if you even have what it takes. One of those weeks where you are juggling so much that dropping things is just inevitable.

Most of the time on one of those weeks I just brush it off, pray, read my Bible, get a good night’s rest and have peace in knowing that tomorrow will be better. However, on this particular week, I couldn’t move on. I got on my knees and prayed a simple prayer: “God, I feel like everything is falling apart and all I have left is trust.” As soon as these words left my mouth, Proverbs 3:5 came to my mind. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

In that moment, Jesus opened my eyes to see that when all I have left is trust, I have all that I need. Jesus didn’t call us to juggle or balance everything in life. Jesus didn’t call us to keep it all together and find strength within ourselves. Jesus didn’t call us to be self sufficient and independent. Jesus called us to trust in His ways, trust in His plans, and lean on Him, not our own understanding. Jesus called us to let His power be made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).

When I depend on myself or focus on my plans, I never have enough. I am constantly unsuccessfully balancing or feeling like a failure during everyday tasks. But when all I have to depend on is my trust in the Lord, when I acknowledge Him in all that I do, “…He will direct my paths (Proverbs 3:6).”

So if you feel like you are not measuring up to be the perfect mom, student, employee, or woman of God, I encourage you to throw away that unrealistic yardstick. Let go of the view of how perfect your life should be. Realize that if all you have is trust, you have all that you need and you have a God that is able to do far more than what you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

about sarah

Sarah, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!