Proverbs 3: 27 – 28 – ‘Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you.’

There is obedience that is required from us in the above verses. And from this, you can often provide a blessing to someone as you follow through on giving when you can.

We have been looking for some more chickens to add to our small flock. They free range, provide nutrients for our garden and of course provide us with eggs. A friend’s decision to pass on some to us now, rather than wait until they were older means that no longer is this friend paying for their upkeep and we can handle them and get them into a routine that suits our family before they start laying.

And the exciting bit is that once they lay, we’ll be able to bless others when we have an oversupply of eggs!

I have a desire to run a sustainable garden and save money on produce for our family; but the desire is also to bless others out of our abundance. When people are generous with us in the form of productive animals that we can keep in our yard or seeds that will grow and produce, then we can be good stewards of these and then bless others out of our abundance – it’s a wonderful cycle. But again, it requires obedience – we need to act on giving to others – particularly those in need – when we become aware of the need and we’re in a position to do so.

Who could you help today who is in need? It could be financial, it could be food related, it could be a kind word or even a business referral. Open your eyes to ways that you can help others by not withholding good from them.

Financial tip – setting up an offset account for your mortgage means that any money you have left over for the week or that is put aside to pay upcoming bills can be sitting against your mortgage debt and keeping your interest down. It’ll save you thousands in the long run.