I caught her one morning with her head bowed, standing in front of her dresser, praying. She placed something in an envelope and went about her day.
She was providing housing for me during my deaconess internship. A humble, faith-filled servant of God of meager means, she was a loving mother, grandmother, volunteer, and active member of the church.
I couldn’t get the picture of her praying out of my mind, so I just had to ask what she was doing. Her response was, “Giving thanks to God for all He has given me. I was filling my offering envelopes so I could pay my bills. First setting aside a portion of what God has blessed me with helps me prioritize things.”
It was an important message I needed to learn. Her firstfruits giving has been an example for me these forty-plus years. Garnette was, and still is, a shining light in my life. Who has been that shining light for you? Consider remembering that person with a special gift to the LWML during our September to Remember campaign.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce (Proverbs 3:9).