Out of Poverty

“So He said, ‘Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;
for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty has put in all the livelihood that she had’.” Luke 21:3-4

Jesus sees us at our lowest points as precious vessels of His grace.

Thank You, Jesus, for always turning things upside down. Please help me pour out of those places in my life that I feel are bankrupt. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Jesus Sees

When you feel you can’t go on
but for others you somehow do

when you are brokenhearted but still love
because Jesus is loving you

when the bad news comes
and you’ve lost all happiness

yet rejoice and praise Him
Jesus sees you and is blessed.


  1. Deb, I love how you focused on other types of giving besides just money in this poem. I especially like this stanza:

    when you are brokenhearted but still love
    because Jesus is loving you

    He is so wonderful to replace all that we give and all that we lose with Himself, which is a gift more precious than all the jewels and human love we could ever have. Peace, Linda

  2. Thank you, Deb

    This is truly beautiful. πŸ™‚

    Your poem brings hope that the end of the road is really a gateway to better. Thankful that when I’ve come to the end of myself He’s there ready to show me how I can keep doing / giving for Him. And even when I have nothing left in my hands to give I can raise them in praise and bless Him still!!

    Blessings to you and yours. Praying alongside you and also praying for a windfall of ‘all good gifts’ over you and your readers so that your storehouses (of praise and love and kindness and humility and awe of Him and unending abilities to share Him with others) never run dry.


  3. Isn’t He the best that way? I know every time I think that I have nothing or “can’t”, if I just step out and try a little, He is there, refilling that place in me, whatever it may be. πŸ™‚ God bless you and fill you up today!

  4. Thank you so much for such a beautiful prayer and comment! πŸ™‚ Praying that for each of us now too, with you! God bless you and all He has in store for you!

  5. What a beautiful rallying cry for those who feel empty and broken! I need this! Empty can be a painful place, yet in His grace and provision somehow we can keep moving ahead…usually in small steps and not looking too far ahead.

  6. Angel, thank you so much for seeing this as a rallying cry. πŸ™‚ That really blessed me. I WANT to be encouraging, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. God bless you with His abundant grace and provision today!

  7. We should all be in the building up business.
    The world has enough folks in the tearing down business.
    One of the best sermons I ever heard was:
    LIFT UP or SHUT UP πŸ™‚
    I wish I could say I always did that.

    Your words are very encouraging.

  8. Love that sermon! πŸ™‚ I think there is a way to deliver truth so that it uplifts . . .but I don’t always do it either. sigh!
    Thank you and God bless you for encouraging me today!

  9. Deb,
    I have always loved the story of the poor widow, because to me it underscores what real giving is. It is not about the amount, but rather about giving from our first fruits.
    A single mom at church lost her job, had to go on unemployment. She had no child support for the children, she was on her own. When tempted not to tithe because of her circumstances, she chose to tithe from her tiny unemployment check. She was faithful to God, and in turn, God rewarded her with a much higher paying and better job than the one she had lost.
    This doesn’t always happen like this, and we don’t tithe so that we can get more back, but rather give of our frst fruits, and God will supply our daily bread. Sorry so long winded, but I love this story and the accompanying poem. God bless

  10. Jim . . .you can just come here and say as much as want whenever you want, okay? πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing about that single mom. God bless you and your love for Him and His!

  11. Wow! What can I say but I’m glad and thankful that He sees me! Thanks Deb πŸ™‚

  12. Oh yes He does see you and He loves what He sees. He smiles and sings over you with delight. hugs and love sweet Rea!

  13. “The sacrifice of praise” The Lord sees it and it is precious to Him. πŸ™‚

    “Thank You, Jesus, for always turning things upside down. Please help me pour out of those places in my life that I feel are bankrupt”

    I pray that the Lord will make my heart’s desire more like yours.


  14. I think He takes over my prayers. Later, I wonder why things are happening the way they are! ha! Oh ya . . .I DID pray for that. πŸ™‚ God bless you and your heart’s desire for Him and more of Him.

  15. I remember when the bad news came, almost two years ago. I didn’t think, on that Father’s Day, that I would be saying good-bye to him. He had cancer, I had hope. And faith, and Love. I’m so thankful I have such an amazing God in my life!

    Thank you for these words, Deb.

  16. Oh Eric, I’m so sorry. And so thankful too, that you still have hope, faith and Love everlasting. God bless you now and forever.

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