prosperity-slide-1154x649 I think this is a great word. If you are still searching for a word for 2019, how about this one? This is packed full of meaning. It is talked about countless times in the Bible. Being prosperous isn’t always about the amount of money we make. What about being prosperous with our time? How about with God? With others? There is so much we can learn if we are diligent about how we choose to view this word. In the book of Proverbs we read over and over again the importance of prosperity. We are told to be careful with our money, time and even hearts. If we are rich and do nothing for those who are poor, we do not receive favor from God. Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. (21:17)

As far as financial prosperity is concerned, it is God’s Will for us. He wants us to live our lives comfortably financially. He doesn’t want us to have to struggle to make ends meet. This will look differently for everyone. Our family chooses to live simply and not beyond our means. With a daughter with numerous disorders, a son with Autism and a two-year old, plus another teen, we often don’t have the means to live what some would call luxuriously. I work but don’t make a whole lot of money, just enough to help with bills. We haven’t taken a family vacation since our boys were little. We can sometimes get away, just the two of us to reconnect or sometimes with one or two of our kids, but not all of us together. I feel prosperous because all of our bills get paid and we have a fridge and cabinets full of food. That makes me happy. Maybe, because there was a time, many years ago that my cabinets and fridge were almost bare and I went without food to make sure my kids ate. That’s when I was a single mom, struggling with an Autistic child alone.

Be a blessing to others. God doesn’t bless you so you can hoard it over others. You have been blessed so you can bless others. I make sure to help people where and when I can. Our church often takes meals to people in need. I sign up to take them something, it’s simple and fairly inexpensive, I just add a little to my grocery list and budget that week. It blesses them and in turn God blesses me. I also donate money or time in some way during the holidays. This year we donated enough to feed six families a Thanksgiving dinner. We may not have a lot left over after all is said and done but I am blessed to have a roof over my family’s heads and I just feel that Jesus would want us to spread what we have to give joy to others.

An important thing about helping others is to do for the glory of God, not for your own glory. I only told you about how I bless others as an example. I also wanted you to know, I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk. I don’t usually tell people how I work for the Lord. I do it in silence. I pray for those in need silently, so no one knows but me and God. That is all who needs to know. You don’t need earthly recognition, God will not bless one who brags of the work she has done. God blesses those who take joy in working for Him without awards or a thank you.

Show others your light and joy in the Lord. Maybe you will lead someone to the cross. Have a joy filled and prosperous day.