Just Enough For Today

by Kari on January 27, 2014

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I still remember the day my dad firmly said it: “Kari, don’t ever worry about money.”

He wasn’t making a promise of his personal funding, but he had watched my anxiety over the years and finally stepped in. It was a loving rebuke. I received it.

That year, 2008, many things turned around and one of them was that–with a resolve as firm as his rebuke, quit worrying about money. Budget, yes; steward wisely, yes; but worry, no.  I was convicted of my tendency to look ahead in fear, and by a generous work of God’s Spirit, that fear is gone.

But there are plenty of other things to take its place.

It was no coincidence that we were fasting when I read Exodus 16 the other day, when the children of Israel complain to Moses,

“You have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger!” (v.3)

Funny how UN-critical you become of the Israelites when you’re really, really hungry. Instead of wagging a finger, as I usually do, my only thought was, “Yeah, you know what? I can totally understand this complaint!”

Funny how physically identifying with others changes our perspective.

And God Himself proves compassionate to their plight as well. He doesn’t rebuke them (yet) but rather sends daily provision in the form of manna, to be collected each day, just as much as they needed for that day. They were strictly forbidden to gather more and store it up.

Just enough for the day.

And all over again this timeless truth pierced my heart with power of God’s kind conviction.

You only need just enough for today.

Because while I don’t dwell on tomorrow’s money anymore, there’s plenty about tomorrow I do dwell on. Mostly teaching notes, retreat prep, the capacity to handle the flood of responsibilities that inevitably come each day. When deadlines loom and projects stack and emails sit unread for way too long.

And while I can honestly say I am disciplined to be with my kids during the day and I don’t physically pull away to tackle those tasks, they hover there in the back of my mind.

Do you have something hovering in the back of your mind? I’m pretty sure we all do.

Whether it’s a task, a fear, a need, whatever, when tomorrow hovers in my head, it always silently steals the slightest bit of my joy and attention and affection.

It slowly lures me away from entering into the joy, the peace, the glory of each day.

God’s command was clear: Gather enough for today

My Father (the Heavenly One) firmly said it this week as well. It was kind but firm. A rebuke to be sure: Kari, don’t ever worry about ____________.   I will always provide for you

Jesus taught us the same thing: “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Just enough for today.

Just enough money. Just enough food. Just enough energy. Just enough wisdom. Just enough creativity and inspiration.

Gather just enough for today. There will be more for tomorrow. Let that something hovering go, give over tomorrow to Him, and gladly receive this day and the just enough it brings. 

{Trusting Him for tomorrow, with you. Happy Monday and thanks so much for reading.}

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa Lewis-Hutton January 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

Great article Kari – Thanks for sharing.

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Thanks, Melissa!

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Shelly January 27, 2014 at 9:35 am

I have learned to trust in His daily provision, but sometimes it’s still a struggle to have that peace. Thanks for the reminder.

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Oh yes, always facing the struggle. We fight for faith!

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Allison Hendrix January 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

Love this. Spoke right into my heart today. Thank you.

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Oh praise God, I love how He always has perfect timing for us! Thanks for sharing, Allison.

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Courtney Maffett January 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

Thanks Kari for posting! Super timely message for me. Thank you for your transparency, it is so encouraging.

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Love God’s perfect timing! Thanks, Courtney.

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Cindy M. January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

Once again Kari, how is it that you got inside my head?! You would think that at the age of 56, being a Christ Follower for 40 years, that I would have a greater level of trust & peace in the area of money/provisions….just another reminder that this walk is one of humility and a battle against the flesh. God is so good, all of the time & I thank Him for faithful servants like you who are transparent & lay it all out there, to help us see that we need to work together as The Body and bring Him honor & worship all along the way….blessings to you!

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Haha, we never stop learning, right? Thanks for your humility and teachable attitude. That’s beautiful!

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Carrie Taylor January 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

This is the exact same story from the bible that God kept bring to my mind during my husbands unemployment last year. I would worry about a bill the next week and God would say “But you have enough for today so don’t worry about that bill now!” We were looking back and before he was unemployed we lived pay check to pay check so when he lost his job we were so scary as how we were going to make it! Looking back in 2013 we make 1/2 the money we had made yet God got us through without missing or being late on a payment! God is sooo GOOD and FAITHFULL!!!

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Love it! THAT is a testimony! Keep sharing that, Carrie–God is faithful!

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Emily January 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I love this, Kari! This is very timely. I have recently been worrying about how I can afford to do what God has called me to do. The real question is, how can I afford not to? When God calls, He also provides.

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Kari January 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Amen, girl! Thanks for sharing.

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