Now if you have been Couponing for any length of time you probably have done like me and thanked God for the blessings He has given you through Couponing. I say to those that are Christians you have a responsibility to your brothers and sisters in Christ. The single most important reason God blesses us is to allow us to give to others. When we learn to share what we have been given, we are given more.
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38 kjv
It is my hope in that as I teach couponing classes students will learn: when you give more it will be given unto you. Now this can entail food, money or opportunities and it will assuredly be at the most unexpected times and places, but it will come. The one thing, if you’re not careful is that you can hinder the flow of God’s Blessing. When we don’t see through the eyes of Jesus we fail to even see the needs all around us. Our blessing can block our view; Blessings become an obstacle to our future success.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8 kjv
As we are come to the time of year that makes it easy and a bit natural to give to those we love. Our giving should extend beyond our families to charities and to those outside our circle of friends and family (Frankly it should not be just seasonal thing).
I want to give you a gift before Christmas, The gift I want to impart to you is a bit of advice–Give to others what you want to be given yourself and give it those you might not be used to giving to!
When you do this I will have helped you achieve some real savings. The definition of savings refers to “a reserve put back to protect from loss”. If you want gain and protection from loss you must learn to give. Your stockpile will continue to be fed when you apply the following:
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 kjv
Couponers I want to tell you that only “true savings is only found in true heart of giving!”
Now I want to challenge you this Christmas is to give in an area you may not be used to giving. I encourage you to give (because you have been Blessed by God) to a cause, someone in your church, a widow, a veteran, a needy child, a needy family, God has given to us (the needy); now let us give because we have received!
“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Mark 10:21 kjv
Ok I know that his has not be your regular article relating to coupons and savings, but it was necessary for us to grow as Christian. May you be blessed this Thanksgiving and Christmas season as you continue to use the resources that God has given you to bless others.
As we prepare to celebrate the Memorial Day, remember that there will not be any coupons inserts, so here are a few coupons that you can print. As you are going to church and having picnics let’s not lose sight of the importance of one of its symbols: the Red Poppy. Some of you probably have seen various veterans groups seeking donation out front of your local grocery stores earlier this month to help fund programs for veterans and received a Poppy in thanks for your gift. Now is the time to wear that “Red Poppy” to church, to the community service, to the parade, to the picnic or barbecue and wherever we go.
This Red Poppy dates all the way back to the Napoleonic Wars but was inspired by a poem written during World War I that is entitled “In Flanders Fields.” This beautiful tribute to all who have given their lives to preserve our freedom is often read at Memorial Day services in our communities. Maybe you will read it or pass it along to your friends and family
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row that mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly scare heard amid the guns below.
“We are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset low, loved and were loved, and now we lie in Flanders fields.
“Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If you break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.”