“We’re allowed to make our families our top priority.”

The Beans:

The Background:

Before we read today’s verse, it’s important to note that a widow was considered the poorest of the poor in Jesus’ society. Since women were caregivers, and men providers, once a woman’s husband passed away, unless there were adult children to take her in, a widow had almost no chance of making any money to live off of.

The Verse:

Luke 21:1-4

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.

The Fill:

What’s the point?

What You Have to Gain Through a Relationship With Jesus:

We’re allowed to make our families our top priority.

As I read this story, the phrase, “out of her poverty,” leapt off the page at me.

I am notorious for “being too busy, over tired, or too stressed!” I’ve said a time (or two) that I feel guilty because my husband, Jimmy and kids often only get my leftovers. (Well maybe not my 9 month old, he demands a little more than leftovers right now.)

But, so often, I’m too tired to be patient, too overwhelmed to listen.

The people I love the most, get the very least of what I have to give – including Jesus!

I feel His familiar tugs at my heart to reach out to a friend who is having a hard time,

BUT, I am too busy to do anything.”

I feel His familiar tugs at my heart to calm down, not get so upset over the cup in the sink, or the 5 year old’s defiance,

BUT, out of righteous anger, I give in and explode.”

I feel His familiar tugs at my heart to put the cell phone down, and be present with my husband in the evenings,

But, Facebook is calling my name!

Today, I am reminded that I have been blessed with so many gifts (time, a heart that loves people, the ability to serve and teach etc.) …. and that I should share those gifts. I need to invest in the people God has entrusted to my life, including my family, friends, and even strangers.

It doesn’t cost money, or take a whole lot of time to share love and compassion.

Think about how you can have a big impact on the people in your world today?

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

One of the biggest things we GAIN, out of a relationship with Jesus is the opportunity and privilege to pray.

We are committing to establishing a habit of prayer over the course of this study. For further information check out The Steam section of Day 1’s post.

So …. How’s your prayer time going? Do you need or want to make any changes?

I’d love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for further ideas, advice, or want to share your journey please don’t hesitate to shoot me a message!