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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 18, 2011 - Living Like Philippians

By Rhea Falig

I was reluctant at first to share this part of my testimony. Christians should be the most real people on the face of the earth. But sometimes we wear the most masks, concealing our deep struggles to look good in the eyes of man. But when we’re real, it gives others permission to be real, and God can be glorified. So at the risk of being extremely vulnerable, I will be real, and hopefully you can be blessed also from our testimony of God’s goodness this past year.

We have two sons: our 3-year-old, Josiah, and our 1-year-old, David. In the midst of difficult situations, God’s promises are being fulfilled in our lives and His blessing has been so evident upon our family. This has been a difficult season in our family financially. Yet even in the midst of the trials, we can still love others; we can still praise God; we can still be a blessing to those who need it. My sons have taught me that we don’t have to wait for everything in our lives to be perfect in order to give and to sacrifice what is precious to us to bless others.

The Lord strongly impressed on our hearts that I was called to stay home with our kids and bring them up to know and love the Lord. This is the one of the greatest choices we’ve ever made. However, it’s a choice with a cost, a cost WORTH the price, with great rewards and blessings that money cannot buy. This year has been especially difficult for us financially living on one, low income and then my husband losing his job. For three months we had no income, yet God has provided for every single one of our needs. Without our having to beg or announce our needs to others, He’s taken care of them before we even knew we had them.

We had to give back our van because we couldn’t afford the payments when my husband was out of work. God gave us a new car at no cost to us. We had to move out of our house because we discovered mold that was making our kids very sick. God provided us a better house for the same price as the old one. We couldn’t afford to have birthday parties for our kids this year, but God provided them with presents and cake. We didn’t always have money for food; God would provide, and never once did we go without.

Random people would bless us with money during a time that nobody even knew what serious situations we were facing. We would choose to honor God with our tithes at moments when our power was about to be shut off or we were out of gas in the car or down to the very last drop of milk for the kids, and without fail we were always taken care of.

God has blessed us every step of the way. He is so faithful! In spite of not having cable TV, a second car, the latest gadgets or all those little luxuries we think we need, we are still able to give and be a blessing to others. My sons have taught me what it means to share, to give, to love, to praise God even if things aren’t going my way. They have set that example many times in our home.

There are David’s constant smiles. There was the time Josiah took his own toys to the store and asked the cashier to bag them up for him, and then he acted so happy, like he had just been given a new toy, when she handed him the bag. Or watching Josiah pray for others with his whole heart even though he wasn’t feeling good, or giving others his favorite toys even though he went without. He would still raise his hands and say, “PRAISE THE LORD!” He is constantly giving thanks for every little blessing in his life. And I mean CONSTANTLY. It feels like he says, “Thank you!” 100 times a day.

In our home, we are learning money cannot buy contentment; it can’t make you happier; it can’t make you closer to your kids or meet your deepest needs. We are learning REAL sacrifice comes when you give everything you have, your very best, knowing that God will provide because He is faithful. We are learning to live like Philippians 4:12,13:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (NIV).

— Rhea Falig attends Life360 Church (AG) in Springfield, Mo., with her husband, Eric, and sons Josiah and David.



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