God is Praiseworthy: As You Lead Others on the Support-Raising Journey

“And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” Isaiah 6:3 (NIV)

 I have several aunts who have no money but who faithfully pool together whatever change they can find and send us a check every several months. It may not be a huge amount, but it’s always the biggest blessing received at our exact moment in need. Inside the gift they always offer words of encouragement and thank us for allowing them to be a part of God’s work. They get to be a part of something that is much greater than what we do. We are just a receiver of their earthly gifts as they praise and worship God our true Provider.

Worship is meant to be a corporate act. Yes, we can certainly worship God by ourselves, but the richness and depth of it is felt in community. That’s why I feel it’s so important to teach those who are raising support to be worship leaders. God has given each of us a team of people who are worshipping God through their prayers and finances. Therefore, this journey is not about us at all. It’s about God and what He is accomplishing through us.

With this knowledge taken to heart, I think we all need to examine our focus while raising support. Is it on money or on God? If all of life is an act of worship, because God is worthy of our praise, then that means worship doesn’t stop when we are in need of money. In fact, I would venture to say that raising support gives us an even greater opportunity to worship because of the people God has gathered around us and the magnitude of the job He has ordained us to do.

This scene in Isaiah 6:3 has always baffled my mind. Creatures I can’t fathom even with Isaiah’s description are shaking the thresholds and doorposts of the temple with their shouts of praise. It’s amazing what happens when our eyes are fixated on the holiness of God and unite our voices in worship of Him. All hell will shake and tremble as people fall to their knees in awe of our Father. We have an opportunity to do just that!

Use the support-raising journey for God’s glory and bring people in praise to the One who is worthy.

  1. Be in awe of how God has created you for your ministry.
  2. Lead others into worship out of that awe.

God Listens: As He Accomplishes His Will on the Support-Raising Journey

 

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” (NIV) Psalm 34:17

Twice I have felt God convicting me to take life-changing steps of faith, and when I obeyed, neither one of them turned out like I had expected—at all. When I found myself in difficult circumstances, I called out to God and questioned whether he heard my cries, or even if I had heard Him correctly. I fought, trying to get back any semblance of the life I had given up. I felt abandoned when I couldn’t piece my circumstances back together. It wasn’t until I changed the way I prayed that I began to understand that He had something more.

Jesus prayed in the garden, “Your will be done” (Matt. 6:10). He recognized that, although God was listening and deeply caring for His circumstance, it didn’t mean that God’s sovereign plan wasn’t the best and only way. In the end Jesus was obedient unto death for us. Throughout all of this, He never questioned whether His Father was listening to His hurts by saying, “Hey, now, why are all these people coming at me with swords and whips and such?” His sweet communion with His Father gave Him peace to do God’s will even in the midst of the storm.

Everyone should always pray for the Father’s will to be done, but honestly, I was missing the mark on that one. I wanted to be in the center of His will and tried my best to obey, but when my own expectations weren’t met (where everything turns out rosy), I got upset. This led me to question God as to whether He was really listening. Now I’ve learned to change my prayers to “Lord, help me to understand Your will.” That way, when I know I am in the center of His will, I can withstand anything. This takes communing with God on more intimate levels, which in turn, leads to deep-rooted trust to persevere through His plan. God is already listening. He is asking me to listen back.

The support-raising journey is a big step of faith to follow after God’s will that is often full of unexpected twists and turns. While we should work hard toward our goals, there is truly no way for any of us to predict how it will turn out. God simply asks for our obedience as He works out His plan. Know that He listens to our desperate cries every step of the way whether things are turning out the way we expect or not.

Fast forward a few years from my steps of obedience that didn’t quite look the way I wanted. God used those circumstances to put me in a greater position to be used by Him that was far more reaching than I could’ve ever had expected. My vision was narrow while His saw the entire plan. We might not understand the pieces to the puzzle in the moment when things are in disarray, but God really does care as He uses everything for His glory. Obedience, trust, acceptance—that’s what He wants from us as He continues to cradle us and listen to our every plea.

  1. Whether for the good or bad, are there things on the support-raising journey that have not turned out quite the way you expected?
  2. How have you seen God at work during this time?
  3. Expect God to do amazing things with you through your obedience to Him.

 

God is Faithful: Throughout the Bumps and Jumps of the Support-Raising Journey

 

“Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.” Psalm 119:90 (NIV)

The book of Hosea depicts Hosea, a loving husband, in pursuit of his unfaithful bride. God chose this poor prophet to literally play out His passion for Israel by telling Hosea to marry Gomer, a prostitute—that had to be a tough assignment.

Imagine the heartbreak of having to buy back your own wife, the one to whom you pledged your undying love, from the hands of someone who was using her for his own pleasure. Anguish is the only word that can capture the depth of that feeling, and it is out of this agony that, verse-by-verse, this stage is used to display the burning passion of God’s love for His people.

The Israelites were rebellious. Their ways were fickle as they chased after fleeting pleasure. When God satisfied them with blessings, they became proud and forgot Him. God poured out His anger and wrath against them, not because it was a lover’s petty tantrum but because it was The Lover’s way to bring them to repentance. He knew what was best for them, and even in His wrath, He stayed faithful in His covenantal love.

That same passionate and burning love continues for us. That’s why He grafted us into His covenantal love and strips away everything that distracts us as He continues to pursue us. In His love, He will be faithful. His ultimate desire is to grow in us a heart of obedience and devotion, because when we are obedient to God’s commands, it is a picture of our own love for God (John 14:15).

Here is when we often fail to understand God’s faithfulness. We have to realize that God’s faithfulness doesn’t hinge on our earthly assumptions of Him or our circumstances. The way God proves Himself faithful is through the fulfillment of His covenants, His promises. Therefore, while fundraising we need to learn to separate our hope of receiving our wants from the actual promised covenants of God. There is a vast gulf of difference between the two. If we put our understanding of God’s faithfulness in our assumptions, then we will always be frustrated and disappointed.

Understand that every path God leads us down, including raising support, is designed for us to witness and be shaped by His passionate love—thank goodness God didn’t put us into Hosea’s shoes! Therefore, God remains faithful even when support runs low. He remains faithful even when deadlines pass. He remains faithful when the money comes quickly and we leave sooner than expected. If we understand this, then our world will not be rocked and God’s faithfulness questioned when our expectations of what we think He should be doing aren’t met. Use the support-raising journey to grow in this truth and allow God to break you in order for God to fully use you. Because if you continue to be obedient, God will certainly use you.

  1. Notice how God is faithfully guiding your support-raising journey no matter the path and receive His love.
  2. Praise God that He is faithful to keep His promises.

God is Our Strength: Our Continued Promise on the Support-Raising Journey

 

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 (NIV)

Jason and I sat helpless in the hospital room in North Carolina where our ten-year-old son had been in-and-out of for three weeks. His symptoms were gradually getting worse, and as the days wore on, the doctors had more questions than answers for his condition. The more tests they ran, the less everything made sense. At that same time, Jason was making phone calls to some of our biggest supporters to reconnect with them and to let them know how to be praying, only to find out that each of them had changing household circumstances. That meant that in the first three phone calls we found out we were losing a big chunk of our support. Here we were sitting in a hospital room. Our medical bills were climbing, our support-account was dwindling, and two weeks prior to my son’s hospitalization, I had felt God’s leading to turn in my notice at the mission agency where I was working to help fill the shortfall of our support account.

Even if it were out of well-meaning intentions, if someone would’ve quoted Philippians 4:13 or Isaiah 40:29-31 to me at the time, I would’ve either cried or punched them—preferably only the former. I was exhausted, broken and confused. God’s strength felt elusive to me. However, I think that’s the problem with how we define God’s strength. His strength isn’t a “feeling” like you get with a caffeinated shot of espresso that wakes us up so we you can motor through our circumstances. It’s a promise that we have to claim, especially when we’re weary and worn out from life’s struggles. His strength rests in our eternal hope, not our immediate circumstances.

When you’re doing God’s work, whatever it looks like, you’re on the playing field taking direct shots from the enemy. No matter how short or long you’ve been on the support-raising journey, it’s certain you’ll have times when you’ll feel like you can no longer go on. Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Only when we’re still during the raging storm (Psalm 46:10) are we somehow bolstered by an unnatural strength that’s not our own.

I made it through that difficult season of my life. I literally cried out to God many consecutive nights and fasted until I was weak. However, somehow finding His strength when I had absolutely none of my own, drew me closer to Him. That is the same hope for you.

  1. Allow yourself to be real with God and tell Him how you really feel about everything you’re going through.
  2. Take the time to be still and discover a strength that’s not your own.

God is Full of Grace and Mercy: And This Truth Can Even Be Displayed While Raising Support

 

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:1-17 (NIV)

We have never been to heaven. We’ve learned about it in Scripture, discussed the hope of it, and some people have even written books to give us a taste of its greatness. There is an electrifying expectancy, knowing that one day God’s people will walk into a land where praise is the adorning jewel to perfection. Jesus stepped out of this perfect beauty into the filth of this dying world to become one of us. He willingly paid the price for our death and conquered it so we could live in that perfection.

This is the same God who washed the dirty feet of the disciples.

If you don’t get this example of such incredible humility, then it will be hard for you to even begin to fathom the depth of God’s grace and mercy and to live in it while raising support. We are nothing. Our fallen character swells our egos as we listen to Satan’s lies, telling us that we on our own are greater than who we really are. We are nothing. Sadly, we are selfish by nature, demanding attention, fighting for our right to be heard, and whining if someone else gets noticed over us. We are nothing. Sin is the core that drives us, blinds us, and destroys us.

Here is the beautiful message of God’s grace and mercy—We are nothing, yet the completed, triune God wanted a relationship with His fallen creation. Jesus, in all His glory, obeyed His Father’s command to step out of the heavenly realm to be the sacrificial Lamb for our sins. In that one act, we who are absolutely nothing and have no desire to pursue God on our own, are chosen by Him and are crowned with royal righteousness, not by our own might, strength or goodness, but by His glorious grace.

We are in a battle against this truth. The verses—in humility think others better than yourself (Phil 2:3), be humble and bear with one another in love (Eph 4:2), in humility God will lift you up (Jas 4:10), the last will be first (Matt 20:16)—clashes with our old self-righteous rags we still like to wear in this fallen world. Christ, who is God in the flesh, took the lowly position of a servant to demonstrate how we are to love and serve one another, and He stated, “no servant is greater than his master” (16). With these words, we have no grounds to hold our egos over anyone else, for even Jesus served His betrayer. With Jesus’ actions as a servant, our smugness should be wiped right out of us, because He is the King. We are all vile, arrogant, and whiney, and God has given us unearned keys to His Kingdom.

Therefore, God did not choose you because you showed the greatest potential to grow your ministry with the next brilliant idea, or because you excelled in Bible college while graduating top of your class, or even because you have shown a whimsical knack for puppetry. Apart from Him, you offer absolutely nothing to God that He cannot do for Himself. But He CHOSE you. He took DELIGHT in you. The very Sustainer of life BESTOWED you with gifts to serve and glorify Him. That is grace. And this knowledge should bring us to our knees in worship.

I’m painting such a stark contrasting picture to help you translate this truth into your support-raising journey and throughout your ministry. Jesus’ foot washing example is not just for special ministry moments set with dim lights, a half-empty washbasin, and awkward side-glancing silence. Day-by-day, with every breath, we are to live the truth of this grace out. The support-raising journey is a chance to figuratively wash people’s feet. God has opened the door for you to step into people’s lives and connect them with God Almighty and to invite them into His work. This isn’t the time to celebrate you and how great you are. You have a story to tell of how God is working in you, a humble story of how you are being used by God’s grace and mercy.

What are you going to choose to focus on during this time?

  1. Praise God that He is using you for His kingdom purposes.
  2. Tell others your story of God’s amazing grace and mercy in your life.

God is Holy: Which Comes Before Our Efforts on the Support-Raising Journey

 

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written” ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV)

The further our culture gets from God, it seems the less we, even the Church, are in awe of His holiness—the kind of crying out where we declare our unworthiness when we encounter God like the prophet Isaiah did as he saw the LORD seated on His throne. Instead, we’ve made the holiness of the King of all kings tepid and have painted a picture of a God who is so tolerant of sin that He would never condemn anyone to eternal punishment. The reality is, God is perfectly righteous and His wrath will be poured out on all unrighteousness. Simply to be in His presence should cause us to fall down in awe in reverence, never leaving us the same.

If God weren’t holy, then we wouldn’t have needed the sinless sacrifice of His Son. Before the Apostle Peter repeats God’s calling for us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), he paints a picture of a loving God who showed great mercy in order for those who have faith to have new birth into a living hope, an eternal inheritance that will never spoil. With this gift there is no more separation from our loving God. He made us holy—not to the point of holding wrath and judgment in our hands—but to the place of being set apart. To live out of this gift, we are called to put aside our evil desires and live as holy strangers in this world. This gives us an eternal perspective, which allows us to endure anything we encounter.

1 Peter 1:15 says we are to be holy in ALL that we do. This is a convicting statement as people venture out onto the support-raising journey where the pursuit of money reigns and has the potential to make Christians not only act worldly but to experience undue stress. But what does it mean to be holy on this journey? First, we must understand that God has placed us on this journey for a reason. Having to raise support is not a mistake. This time is God-ordained as an intentional way for us to share our stories of what our awesome God has done in our lives. That change in perspective often changes our attitude. We can freely set aside our panic, burden, and overall feeling of being overwhelmed and simply rest in His presence.

Just like when Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me,” we, too, should take the time to encounter God in his holiness and be stirred into action by the God who loved us enough to pursue a relationship with us. He is asking us to be set apart, to be different, even on the support-raising journey. This is more than just a change in action, but a change of heart as we fall to our knees in awe of our awesome God. Let this thought guide every conversation and meeting you have. If we miss this opportunity on the support-raising journey, then this time becomes just an arduous task instead of an avenue to talk about our holy God. Let’s take our conversations and make them pleasing to God. My prayer for you is that by living as holy on this journey, you will keep an eternal perspective so that you can endure anything that comes your way.

  1. How is this thought of God being holy going to change your support-raising journey?
  2. Take time to encounter our holy God.

God is Patient: As He Holds the Whole Support-Raising Journey in His Hands

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some count slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV)

I have lain awake sometimes literally fearing that God would not use me. My heart so yearns for the people around me and those where I’ll be in future ministries to know Jesus that I fear, if I don’t get to places quick and start telling people about Christ, then they would never know Jesus before they die. This is obviously a silly thought probably magnified by a half-sleepy mind in the wee morning hours, but so often we run our support-raising journey in this frenzied, must-hurry-up-and-be-used state. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be used right now in the places that God calls us—after all, He did call us to go!— but, when it drives our state of mind while raising support, it can cause us to be impatient, and with impatience comes frustration, and with frustration comes a doubting spirit.

So, the question becomes—what drives your support-raising journey? What drives this journey will shape your conversations, reactions, and even your peace of mind. The rut we often get into, and it’s even emphasized in many Christian organizations, is thinking that, since money is the obstacle for our immediate use and there is a great need for us wherever it may be, then this is what becomes the force that drives us. Get it now, get it quick, and go, go, go.

However, did you catch the personalization of 1 Peter 1:9—He is patient with you. With YOU! Peter didn’t write: He is patient with the rest of the world because they need Christ until we, Christians, hurry up and get there to save people before the day of the Lord comes. His patience is personalized. He is growing you to be mature in Him, and then we get to be used with far-reaching impact. A mature person who takes the time to recognize God at work right where they are has far greater effect than one who just hurries through the process just so they can be used.

Think of raising support as a journey of faith that strips everything away so you can watch your heavenly Daddy perform great things in order to grow you. For some the initial thrust is shorter than others, but either way, it’s an incredible stage to watch His greatness. Patience doesn’t mean we stop working toward our goals and just sit to wait to see what happens, it means we rest in Him for the outcome of our labor. Thank goodness He is patient enough to mold a wretch like me into a jewel to be used for His glory!

  1. Let the awesome reality of God’s use of you sink in, and then praise Him for His patience as He grows you for His purposes.
  2. Shift your focus off the money and onto Christ so you can rest in Him.

God is Trustworthy: The Stone of Truth While Raising Support

 

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD you God.”     Joshua 4:20-24 (NIV)

 I have a list that is my “twelve stones” where I can remember when I’ve seen God’s great power in my life. This list includes big and small things like: when we literally had no money, God provided a house for our family to live in completely free for a year; I was given encouraging words at the exact moment I was in need of them; and even the time when I cried out for a wayward piece of mail to be returned, and it oddly showed up through a friend. These are just a few things that prove that God hears my cries down to my smallest wants—and even cares to answer them in His own way.

I keep a remembrance of these things for the very purpose of fixating my mind on praising God through difficult times, because the majority of the things on my list were when God chose to prove Himself mighty in seasons of drought. Even when the results don’t turn out quite how I envision them, I know I can trust God with the course of my life. Why? Because I have a list that allows me to remember just that.

For some the support-raising journey can be a battlefield where anything can happen from conversations not going as expected, running out of people to talk to—you’ve already presented to everyone, including your aunt’s dog groomer, and nothing is happening—or perhaps even getting to a place where God stalls you completely in your tracks. It’s a firestorm that can leave us doubting a trustworthy God. It’s these times you truly understand that the support-raising journey is all about trusting a big God, and you have to make a resolute decision to do just that.

I praise God that He is faithful down to the smallest detail. God doesn’t hand us a plan of action with our entire route planned out from point A to point B with the exact executions of when things will happen. No. He holds that in His hands. He just says, “Trust and follow Me.” When you hit the wall of discouragement, you have to recognize the awesome things that God has been doing along the way, even if they don’t fit your own plan of action.

When God gave us a free house, it was after months of crying out to God in broken anguish for Him to get us out of an utterly futile situation after the door to Africa closed—at least for that season. It was His way of saying, “Heather, I’m still listening, you still can trust Me.” Honestly, in that moment, I felt like saying, “Um, God, I really love the fact that you provided a house for us for free and all, but wouldn’t it have been better just to have taken us to Africa instead? I mean we already raised the money, shouldn’t we get points for that?” But that wasn’t His plan at that exact time; He simply wanted our obedience. As God has proved Himself trustworthy time and time again, I received priceless gifts that shaped me for service on the mission field, when He eventually allowed us to go to Africa.

Make your own “twelve stone” list so that you can praise God as loving, good, and trustworthy. Reflect on that often so you can know and trust Him, especially when your world is rocked.

  1. Take the time to see how God has shown up in your life while raising support.
  2. Set aside your thoughts for the way things should be, and praise Him for being trustworthy with His plan for our life.

God is Our Pursuer: And His Love Follows Us While on the Support-Raising Journey

“Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.” (Psalm 23:6a, The Message)

What does it feel like to be pursued? I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t get the pursuit of human love at first. I was pretty oblivious when my husband first asked me out, and it wasn’t until after several dates that I even realized that he was interested in me in more than a friendship sort of way. He pursued me in all the right ways—flowers, nice things to say, regular phone calls. However, with the wrong perspective, I completely missed it. I’m so glad my husband didn’t stop pursuing me! But even when God pursues me, I sadly can still miss it at times as well.

Psalm 23 starts by saying that the Lord is our shepherd, we lack nothing (NIV). It goes on to give a refreshing picture of how our Redeemer is not only with us, but as our Shepherd, he is leading us everyday through each stage of life—green pastures, still waters, dark valleys, and even in the midst of evil—all while constantly pursuing us with His love. What an amazing thing to grasp! However, we must keep the right perspective in order to see His love for what it truly is. That often can be difficult to do.

The support-raising journey, because it has to do with money, can easily keep our eyes focused on the wrong thing and shift our perspective just enough to miss seeing God at work as He pursues us. When our attention is on money, the formula becomes: I need to be used by God. I need money fast to do this. Therefore, I need to do whatever it takes to get the money for me to go. Well-meaning Christian leaders unfortunately fuel this formula by creating techniques that border on—what I’ve witnessed—a prosperity gospel, name-it-and-claim-it style. The missing perspective is the spiritual side to support-raising, the most important aspect to the process.

Know that our Shepherd is purposefully leading us down every path, even on the support-raising journey. It’s not a mistake. Since we all know that God didn’t run out of money and He promises that we’re not lacking anything, then why is He taking us on a path where we have to raise our own money? I’ll give you a hint. . . I don’t think it has anything to do with money. God’s primary aim is to grow us spiritually and get others involved. If you understand this, then your perspective will hopefully change enough to see His loving pursuit of you even through the darkest valley.

All this to say, there is no promise that you’ll get your money quickly; I sure hope you do. For some, it’s green pastures and sill waters. For others, it’s a dark valley and enemy territory. However, the promise that comes grounded in the truth of Scripture is that God is transforming you into the image of His Son (2 Cor. 3:18). Period. He’ll use whatever means it takes to do this, even if means leading you on the support-raising journey through the hardest season you’ve ever experienced. So, trust Him and understand that the support-raising journey isn’t an obstacle, but a chance to see a loving Daddy who pursues you every day. Don’t miss this with the wrong perspective.

  1. In what ways have you experienced God’s loving pursuit of you during the support-raising journey? Make a list.
  2. How do you think your perspective is hindering or helping you encounter God’s love during this process?
  3. What steps can you take in order to allow God to give you the proper perspective to support-raising? Pray for God to be at work in this area of your life.

God is Our Guide: As He Maps Out Your Support-Raising Journey

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Psalm 73:23-24

People have asked me, “How do you know that God called you to do _______?” I have to admit that I’ve wrestled with that question. We’ve had our share of difficulties over the years while on the support-raising journey; yet we seem to keep choosing ministries where we have to depend on God to supply our financial needs—and for the record, though it may have looked differently than what we initially thought, He hasn’t failed us yet for providing what we need. However, when I take the time to prayerfully think through that question, the only answer I can give isn’t some mystical one where God clearly speaks or uses a pillar of fire that leads us, but it’s more of a knowing that I would be disobeying God if I didn’t follow Him through the events He orchestrates as He guides me in the direction He wants me to go.

Having to raise support is a difficult decision people have to make, and sadly, this one snag surrounding money is often the decisive element that topples people from the ministry toward which God has directed their heart. I certainly understand why people walk away from it. Too many times to count I’ve been in those shoes of wanting to do just that. For myself I learned that the wrong emphasis on money became the problem. Sadly, I was in the majority. This money emphasis while raising support can create such a heavy weight in peoples’ minds that they make assumptions before even trying it or get winded before they make it very far out of the gate.

Although Asaph didn’t write Psalm 73 because he was raising support, I still believe it has such rich application to this process. He starts by crying out to God because he has seen the wealth and health of the wicked and envies it, and then he goes on to vividly describe their prosperous ways. Are his pure ways done in vain, he asks? However, upon entering into God’s presence, he understands their final destiny. The wicked will be destroyed, and the faithful will always be with God and guided by Him.

The support-raising moral to this isn’t that the people around us are wicked and are going to be destroyed. The point is that Asaph’s perspective changed when he entered God’s presence. Before, he was so focused on the money and how prosperous other people were that he started questioning God’s guidance in his own life and whether or not his path of purity was worth it. Then he encountered God and decided to trust Him with his life.

Even on the support-raising journey, if our eyes stay on the money, our tendency will be to compare our fortunes and misfortunes to others while disregarding how God is guiding us down a path that is intricately designed for each individual. This is an eternal perspective, the same perspective Asaph had after encountering God. Let’s keep that eternal perspective on this journey and not worry about the paths that God is leading others down.

  1. What has been your perspective on your support-raising journey?
  2. Keep your eyes focused on the eternal and keep persevering!