November 1st marked the first day of the 30 Days of Giving Challenge that you may have seen around the blogosphere. It started last year in November on the blog Kingdom First Mom and I participated then. It was such an eye-opening experience to have to write down at the end of the day, ways in which I was generous (that were above & beyond what I might do normally) and to find myself having gone through an entire day without any sort of generosity.
I don't know about you, but I always feel like there are so many areas I want to work on in myself, that a 30-day period of really focusing on one trait seems to simplify things, and opens my eyes to how much I need to grow.
The other amazing thing from this experience last year, was seeing how faithfully God provided the resources to be generous. I realized that I was merely the middle-man, the steward, of God's generosity. Last year I have no idea how we were able to keep giving without running out of resources, but it was such a testament to God's provision. It reminded me of the miraculous story of Elijah & the widow- who's flour & oil never ran out. God can provide the "flour & oil" for his people in need, He just wants us to be the middle-men - and that's exciting, isn't it?!
So, I'm off on this 30-day journey again this year. Let me know if you want to join me or you can sign up on this year's official 30 Days of Giving Website. I hope to periodically check in, but also to occasionally post creative ways to give and organizations close to my heart that could really use our generosity. Have fun!