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Look at that Pile of Laundry!

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches… {Philippians 4:19}

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Mom, I don’t have any jeans, Nikko declared, I think we need to go buy some.

 Really?

I’ve done this kid’s laundry a few times, and although there’s a lot of laundry that I wash, fold and put away every week, I felt certain he must have some pants to wear.

 No, there’s none.

 Well, let’s see what you think at the end of the day, honey, I have to do the wash today. I guess you’ll have to wear sweats to school.

Something you need to know about Nikko – he’s got style. He doesn’t always get it right, but the kid can put an outfit together. He doesn’t wear sweatpants to school – he sleeps in them.

But this day, he had no pants and thus no choice. Sweats it was.

And I got busy with the work of the day.

By the time Nikko came crashing through the door, tossed his backpack aside and called out Hi, Mom! I had no fewer than a week’s worth of his jeans folded in a stack.

You see, we often think that we’re deprived, even of things we “need”, and we’re in a panic asking God to provide. The truth is, most of the time, God has already done the providing. We simply need to look around, get things in order and then take stock.

He does this with the intangibles like grace and patience. We ask for grace, but God’s word says it abounds, it’s been fully released because of Christ’s life and death and resurrection. We pray for patience, but haven’t we been given the Holy Spirit who provides everything we need to produce fruit like patience and self-control and joy? We ask for forgiveness but it’s there for the free taking.

God does this with the tangibles, too. Like money.

I know, we’ve been there just like you have. That place where you can make the household budget make sense on paper, but there really isn’t enough week after week. We’ve been unprepared for car repair expenses, we’ve been at a loss of how to pay the phone bill. We’ve prayed for help, asked for more. But when, a few years ago, my husband and I sat down every single week, with a paycheck, a stack of bills and a notebook, we finally had to realize that we had plenty, we just needed to manage it and get things in order, take stock and be responsible.

Nikko’s stack of freshly laundered jeans reminds me of the gifts and blessings God gives all of us. We, like him, forget to look around at the resources we already have and feel deprived and ask for more. And, God wants to give us good things, I won’t deny that, but I think it’s important, before we rush off and fill the voids or ask for more, that we draw on what we’ve already been given, say thank you and ask, how can I best manage this patience, this grace, this salary, this car, this home, this day, this life?

How about you? Does gratitude perhaps combined with hitting the pause button and stock of what you have change your perspective? What helps you remember that you have what you need?

Linked with Lisa Jo for Five Minute Friday

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2 Comments

  1. Such a good reminder! Just last week I was feeling the pinch of not-enough-time-or-sleep-and-life-is-overwhelming. But you’re right: He always gives me enough and more than enough.

    And I’m in awe that you were able to write so much in only five minutes. 🙂

    • I’m in those pinches a lot and need reminders — often. Most of the time, I can’t help it and break the five minute rule, but this time it came right out in well under ten. But I took the picture a few months ago and the story has been rolling around in the back of my head, so I guess it was ready to spill onto the page with relative ease. Thanks for coming by, Cherise, and for commenting. Bless you!

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