Journal Entry by Geoff Allen

S – Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:7 (TPT)
Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving – all because God loves hilarious generosity.

O - Observation
Other versions talk about a cheerful giver or giving cheerfully. The Message Bible says” God loves it when the giver delights in the giving.”

A - Application
I have walked through a number of life’s circumstances – when I have had enough, when I have struggled to pay bills and put food on the table, having to sell a car and use my feet and public transport for two years and then something like the GFC (global financial crisis) happens when you think your finally through some of these things.   My experience is that God is faithful through it all. I get a kick out of giving financially whether it be to the church in my tithes or in other areas and of course my service to others endeavoring to be the hands of Jesus to others (not always succeeding). I am so thankful that God first- gave, he gave his grace, his Son, his love.

P - Prayer
I love you Lord, thank you for all you have done for me and my family. Thank you for all that you are. Thank you for your generosity in giving your son as a ransom for me. Let my giving spring up simply from the joy of giving.