I’ve been hearing the words, “plenty and want” for over a year now. I know I’m to write a book with this title describing the journey of my marriage with Chris…and our walk with Jesus.
As I mulled over devotional topics, I couldn’t get the phrase out of my mind, and I knew I was to share a portion of this today…
I heard, “In between plenty and want, I found Jesus”.
This is very true. In this odd and undefined season of stretching and change, I have found the One my heart yearns for. I love Jesus. I mean…I really, really love Him. I yearn for Him day and night. I wake up looking forward to meeting with Him. I speak to Him all day long. He’s my best friend.
As we’ve been walking out our day-to-day life and trusting Him at deeper and deeper levels, I have found the most joyous relationship with Him. I often wonder if I would’ve found this without all the struggles. I can’t answer that for certain, but I do know that trials seem to always lead me to greater portions of His presence…just like He said in the scripture we read the other day…the testing of faith ultimately leads to being complete.
I have been in many situations that have appeared as want…yet, I have found plenty. Plenty of His spirit, plenty of His forgiveness, plenty of His provision…what I’ve discovered is that want doesn’t really exist when you live a life full of His Presence…because He turns want into plenty.
The moments when I’ve wondered how we’d buy food or pay bills…He steps in and makes a way. He is so present.
I’ve also had a different perspective of having more than enough…
The other day, I prayed that God would supply more than enough for us to cover our bills…then I looked at our bank account after using money to pay bills…there was a small amount in it. I lamented for a second when God said, “See, you have more than enough!”
He was right…we didn’t zero out our account…we did indeed have excess. No matter how large or small it is, excess is excess, and we should be grateful. That was the day my bank account lost its influence over me.
Have you discovered the joy of plenty? I hope today’s devotional gives you a renewed perspective of life and sets you on the path of true gratitude and contentment…I’ll see you there!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-5