Paul and I once attended a Christian seminar that was actually free, but in order for couples to attend future weekend seminars, the money had to come from donations. When the time came to discuss this with the couples on our weekend, the minister leading the weekend said, "It is time for the sermon on the amount." We are used to hearing the phrase, "Sermon on the mount," and they thought it was a good way to get our attention.
Recently someone asked how in the world we were managing the girls' health care with the rising cost of hospital bills and labs. This is the "sermon on the amount" for those who have been curious. There will be some readers who will not understand my answer because it will seem more a matter of luck or coincidence.
More than ten years ago, before we knew what the future would hold for us, Paul started designing a small rock drill. Between his consulting business, working evenings and weekends, he designed his own product and worked very hard to bring it to the market place. It took a very long time, a lot of investment, and a lot of faith. This year, we have seen a miraculous change take place in Paul's drill sales. Little by little they have sold until they are now in many different countries and what seems like "luck" to some folks is nothing short of a miraculous gift from God to us.
The extraordinary part of this story is how far God has gone to supply the needs of two girls who started out life with several strikes against them. Kathryn was abandoned at a train station in northern India. Qavah spent the first seven months of her life in a hospital without the love of family to uplift her. Now all these years later, God has given us the ability to meet their needs and we are blessed beyond measure when we think back to how He began by giving Paul a dream. That dream became a prayer, then a project, long before it became the means to pay the medical bills that insurance does not cover. We would appreciate your prayers for more drill sales this year, and we gratefully acknowledge the people who have been praying for the success of these drills for the past several years. Our small group at church, our parents, and our friends, are all able to witness the provision that God has made for our girls, and we are so grateful for the way they stood by us and prayed for a return on our investment.
The sermon on the amount is this, give all that you have, and watch what God will do to bless the faith you have placed in His capable hands. Don't worry about "how" you will manage in your own strength, think about how powerful God is to meet every need you bring to Him. Then the Sermon On The Mount will come to life and His words will take flight in your spirit as it has in ours.
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5)
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.