Do You Trust God?

God is good! I was in the shower yesterday after my workout, just praising and thanking God for how He always provides for me …both my needs and wants. I thought about the many ways that He takes care of me daily. My husband went out of town earlier this week; but he left a stash of cash,just in case the kids and I needed anything. Every week, a friend of mine brings home-baked goods and snacks for my children. My children give me the sweetest compliments daily. My husband makes me laugh like nobody’s business. People give me brand new and very gently used clothes and shoes all the time. I always get close parking spaces everywhere I go. Random people have given me money. A man showed up at my door one morning and handed my an envelope filled with money; as well as five bible verses written on it.

God gave me a brand new car debt-free; and the very next day, gave my husband a brand new debt-free car as well. The beauty of this blessing is that I wanted an escalade. I test drove it and liked it; but I had three kids under the age of four at that time. The thought of having to lift all of them in and out of the car; along with my big stroller, was a bit much. So my wise husband suggested that we go over to the toyota dealership and give the sienna minivan a try. I NEVER EVER thought I would EVER drive a minivan. I was too cool for that!  BUT, I drove it and LOVED it; and my little kids could get in and out themselves. So that’s how I ended up with my minivan. God knew best! The other part of the blessing was that God instructed my husband to go and get the escalade the next day. He had no intention of buying a new car; but He obeyed and God provided (as He always does). God gave me a beautiful situation, because my husband is always there when i’m in the escalade and I never have to load and unload the kids. As much as I like the escalade; I really do appreciate and enjoy the sienna…..and I’m still cool. Thank you Father!

Yesterday, while at the balloon festival, an older gentleman walked up to me and handed me 4 tickets for the bouncy house. It is the one thing that my kids wanted to do. My kids said: “Thank you God! He always gives us favor!” Yes indeed He does. I thought about that. There was a huge crowd of people at the festival; and of all those people, a random man comes up to me with enough tickets for all of my children? God is real people and He’s pretty big on taking care of our wants and needs. God is my shepherd and my Jireh. He is the sole supplier of all of my wants and needs. I am 100 percent convinced that God wants us to live our lives in TOTAL reliance on Him alone. I know beyond all shadows of doubts that He will not and can not fail me. If the birds can trust Him; how much more can we? (Matthew 6:26-33) Do you really trust God? Do you trust Him to meet your desires and needs? Do you trust Him to take care of you regardless of your income? Do you trust Him in the face of an evil report? Do you trust Him with your marriage? Do you trust Him with your children? Do you trust Him with you? Do. You. Trust. God?

Week before last, my children opened their B3 Lemonade & More stand. It has been a great experience! They have utilized many skills, including: planning, math, budgeting, money value, customer service, research and so much more. It was an absolute pleasure watching this experience unfold. My husband gave each of the boys $1 and challenged them to increase that money. He explained borrowing, interest and profit to them. The boys brainstormed different business ideas and researched by watching various YouTube videos; as well as searching our home for things they already had. This process took two days. We prayed for an idea; and the Lemonade & More business was the money-making idea that came. They then brainstormed names for the business and decided on B3 (Blessed, Brilliant & Beckem); which is also the name of our homeschool.

 

JB & boys

They decided to make strawberry lemonade; since we already had the ingredients at home; and most other lemonade stands sell regular lemonade. They knew that they had to make enough to pay their father back, plus ten percent interest. They thought about additional items that they would need like a tablecloth and cups: which would be $2.14 from the Dollar Store. They also needed money to be able to give their customers change; so they decided on collecting plastic bottles to recycle. They gathered the bottles from home; and then we went to the local high school, where they picked up bottles from underneath the bleachers. We took the bottles to Price Chopper and recycled them. They took the ticket to the Customer Service desk; where they were given cash. We then went to the Dollar Store and purchased the cups and tablecloth.

The night before, we made the strawberry lemonade and put it in the refrigerator. Upon our return home from the Dollar Store, they gathered all the things that they would need in addition to the lemonade: table, chairs, dry erase board, markers, and poster board. They set up outside of our home, and we prayed. Before saying amen, their first customer came. The plan was to be out there from 12 – 1pm; since they had a class at 1:30 pm. They sold out of their strawberry lemonade on their first day! They then made plans to be out for 2 hours the next day; as well as add brownies to the menu.

The entrepreneurs

The next day, they set up, prayed and sold out of both the strawberry lemonade and brownies. My husband stopped by to patronize them. He also helped them sell and get more customers. They’ve done extremely well over the past couple of weeks. It’s a privilege to watch these budding entrepreneurs in action.  Even their little sister has proven to be quite the salesperson! I’ve enjoyed watching them stop cars and direct them to their lemonade stand. They have received very positive feedback about their strawberry lemonade and brownies. Many people are surprised that it’s real lemonade and not that store mixed kind. One of our neighbors even requested a pitcher of strawberry lemonade.

The kids have had much success with their lemonade stand; and have paid their tithes, because they know that that portion of their income belongs to God. They were taught the biblical financial system a couple years ago; and really grasp the importance of giving God what belongs to Him; as well as supporting ministries, widows, children and the poor. It’s evident to them that they can not out give God. They are walking money magnets. Ever since they were very little; and received money from their grandparents or others, they would always give. So many times they would receive much more than they gave within a day or so. It’s the most amazing thing to watch!

JB & Kids Lemonade 2

If you have children, teach them the biblical financial system. It’s the way that my husband and I have prospered. If you don’t know it, I’d gladly share it with you. As always, have an excellent week!