God's Might with Our Mite (Part 3)

How One WOW Friend is Letting Yahweh Overcome Her “Yeah, but…”

“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4 ESV

In the account of the widow’s mite, Jesus pointed out that the gifts of the rich were rampant with “Yeah, buts.”

  • “Yeah, but what if a crisis occurs? I need to have something to fall back on.”
  • Yeah, but I have other people for whom I am responsible. I have to keep enough back to care for them.”
  • Yeah, but…insert an excuse here.”

The widow, on the other hand, replaced her “Yeah, buts” with a total dependency on “Yahweh.” She focused minimally on her provision and completely on her Provider. The wealthy were behaving just the opposite.

A friend of WOW has been following the widow’s example. Her name is Jo, and she has been a supporter of WOW since our inception. After attending the first Very Special Purse Party, Jo was stirred to give. She offered up her own prized collection of “I Love Lucy” purses, which WOW themed and sold through the silent auction at the Very Special Purse Party II. Meanwhile, Jo became aware of WOW’s initiative to provide feminine hygiene kits to the women of Mozambique. At that very time, Jo found herself in need of a new car.

“God’s put this on my heart,” Jo said. “Instead of buying a new car, I am giving this money to help fund the hygiene kits.”

Jo’s gift was substantial. She had to put her car purchase on hold.

Recently, Jo found out about the journals that WOW sisters were sewing and selling to raise funds for a new family home in Cambodia. Jo asked to purchase 50 journals so that she could send them to the Cambodian children that are sponsored through The Chapel. When WOW heard of her desire, the sisterhood agreed that WOW would send those journals to Cambodia free of charge.  But Jo heard a different message from the Lord.

“This is what God laid on my heart,” Jo said, as she donated $750 to WOW at The Very Special Purse Party IV.

Hebrews 13:16 says:

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Jo delighted God with her obedience. And He let her know His pleasure through a special gift. During the Purse Party, WOW awarded a special prize – a beautiful Coach purse – to just one of our 400 guests. One table number was chosen randomly, and the purse was awarded to the guest at that table whose event ticket ended in a particular number.

The winner was Jo.

Jo is enjoying her purse. She is showing it to everyone she knows, declaring the truth from Malachi 3:10 – “You cannot out-give God.” Jo believes this. Jo lives this.

And she is still giving.

Jo recently heard about WOW’s Christmas campaign called “Handbags From the Heart.” WOW has received donations of 320 purses, as well as hygiene products, gift cards and Bibles, which we are passing along to women served by RAHAB Ministries, First Glance and Harvest Home. Jo found collapsible water bottles embellished with Bible verses, purchased them and donated them to WOW for the Handbags.  She also is planning to give her prized Coach purse away.

Friend, as you consider your own faith walk, which banner do you wave? Are you resting in the power and provision of Yahweh? Or, do you hear yourself crying, “Yeah, but…”? Feel no judgment here. We all find ourselves vacillating between the struggles of circumstances and the sovereignty of our Savior. But God offers us a solution for faltering faith.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 ESV

Seeking Yahweh first not only frees us from the faithless “Yeah, buts,” but also opens our eyes to His provision and our hearts to His peace.