White lettering on black background says "Provision."

So, here’s the million dollar question.

How do I find balance between having faith that God will “give us this day our daily bread” and feeling the need to stock up enough provisions for any contingency or life circumstance?

I’m not knocking the idea of planning ahead.

But how much is enough?

What do I consider “essential?”

I’ve listened to interviews with people whose homes have flooded or burned down.

They weep for what’s been lost.

But if their family members have been spared, the provisions they had set aside and now are gone are secondary. Those provisions were valued, but weren’t, in the end, “essential.”

Others, sometimes in towns far away, will now share from their own provisions to help.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Be prepared.

And be prepared to share.

If we all do that, there will be provision enough.

I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.


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