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“…when (tithing) becomes life to you, it will be one of the greatest joys in your life”

(Robert Morris, The Blessed Life).

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It wasn’t a coincidence that on the first day of the sale, I finished reading a great book titled, A Blessed Life, by Robert Morris. Through that book as well as God’s word, I discovered far more than I had previously known about tithes, offerings, and sacrificial gifts. As a result of those teachings, which we’ll talk about in another post, God prompted me to wake up early and give Him the day – to put it another way, my firsts. I asked for two specific things: First, I wanted to sell a lot of stuff to make the garage sale worthwhile. We had some bills coming up, as well as a short family getaway, and a little extra money would make both of those more enjoyable, not to mention there would be less stuff to store. Second, in my desire to sell things, I didn’t want to be selfish, but instead I wanted to use this as an opportunity of service. I wasn’t sure how that would look exactly, but I wanted people who came to the sale to leave blessed.

In order to accomplish the goal, not well defined, I knew I needed God to fill in my outline. As had now become something I looked forward to daily, I circled our house, as well as the things we were selling, in prayer, asking God to be in charge of the day, the customers, and my schedule. Feeling peaceful, our family began to set up.

As I got the change ready in the cash box, I thought about adding a calculator. However, I decided with my new heart attitude, maybe a calculator wouldn’t be necessary and instead of adding every penny, we could look at ways to bless others.

Come back next time for the conclusion and to find out how God was able to get all the glory for our sale.

© 2013 Cheri Swalwell

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