When I was a new Christ follower, so many years ago, I often wondered what some of the Christianese I heard meant. People said things like, “God told me” or “the Holy Spirit really came down last Sunday in service”. And, even though it’s been more than three decades, I am still not sure sometimes when people use certain phrases. So, I quite often just ask.
I want to explain what I mean when I say “God helped me” with this website and with http://www.unjealousheart.com
As the Bible commands, I tithe (which means to give ten percent of your gross income to God). I also give other offerings beyond the tithe, and I give to the poor. (I am saying that NOT to brag but to explain what the Bible says do with our money – because it is ALL God’s money anyway!)
I honestly do not remember if it was my idea or I heard it from someone else, but I also tithe my time when I am working on the writing. How do you tithe time?
Well, for every sixty minutes I have to spend working, I pray six minutes out of those sixty minutes. No, I am not “legalistic” in that I keep track to the second – because occasionally while I am praying I get such a great idea (that I know comes from God, not my own intelligence for sure!) that I stop and begin working on it.
Technology and learning new software are particularly difficult for me. I have the typical dreamy artist disposition and technical details frustrate me. I just want to write!!!! So it has been a huge education in patience and trust for me to tackle making two websites as well as everything else that writers have to do in this new world of publishing.
But, I prayed every time I sat down at my computer, and God has done miracle after miracle for me. No, I don’t mean He supernaturally moved the computer keys or anything like that. What I mean is I would google how to do something, then painstakingly follow the steps and, almost every time, it worked! Surprise, surprise to me!
I also was blessed to have the good sense to call for help from the Godaddy and Aweber support teams, both of which are prompt, professional and friendly.
This is also the same way God “helped” me get through grad school. How loving and faithful He is! He gives us dreams and then helps make them reality as – or in proportion to how much – we trust Him.
Bless you, dear readers, and dare to trust God to help you with things you fear you cannot do. He delights in helping His children! As Paul tells us in II Corinthians 12:9 , God says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
May we say with Paul, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”