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“I Like Giving” Giveaway Winners!

Howdy ho, friends!

Thanks to those of you who entered the giveaway for the new book I Like Giving by Brad Formsma.

The WINNERS have been chosen!

You can expect to receive one of these beautiful books…
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…if your name is…

Michelle Caskey
Chrissy Boerman
Aleks Slocum

(All winners have been contacted…so if your name is above, go check your email!)

I hope you’re all inspired to become more generous people!

I Like Giving: Review and Giveaway

A number of factors have recently worked together to really challenge me in the way I’m using my God-given gifts. First of all, we’re reading/discussing Francis Chan’s book The Forgotten God in our small group, and I was challenged by this part of chapter 4: “And like our Savior, who poured out His life and blood so we have reason to rejoice, we were made to lay down our lives and give until it hurts. We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things. It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of.”

After realizing that I really could be doing more for Christ’s kingdom, but wondering what more I should be doing, I took a spiritual gifts assessment. Follow the link. All you have to do is answer a series of questions, and it will score you auto-magically and tell you your top three spiritual gifts.

Spiritual Gifts Lacey

(Ignore my many open tabs in that screenshot. It’s a perpetual problem for me!)

So, my top three: Giving, Administration, and Faith.

The fun part? You should see Luke’s results….

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Before marriage, I often prayed that if I married, my husband and I would be more effective for Christ’s kingdom together than we were separately. In matching our spiritual gifts so closely, God answered that prayer! We can work together for Christ’s kingdom, using our gifts in unity. That’s so exciting to me.

So, our top gift is Giving (which I would call Generosity).

It’s interesting to look at our history in the area of giving. We began our marriage in lots of school debt, piled on some credit card and vehicle debt, and a big mortgage…and felt stuck. More was going out than coming in every month. But thanks to some really wise counsel, and education through Crown Financial Ministries and Financial Peace University…along with lots and lots of prayer and seeing God work wonders…we paid off our $70,000-ish of debt (all but the mortgage) in about three years.

During those three years, we experienced the generosity of brothers and sisters in Christ. The phrase “Jehovah Jireh,” which means “the God who provides,” became a much-used phrase in the Rumley house.

One example that sticks in my mind was one fall when Caleb was maybe three years old. He was our first boy, and I realized that we had very few (if any) long sleeve shirts for him to wear as the weather here in Michigan got colder. I knew we had a $0 clothing budget, and though I liked to shop thrift/garage sales, I was stressed about providing warm clothes for him.

I didn’t ask anyone about it. I prayed, and I waited.

And lo and behold, a woman named Liz showed up at church that next Sunday with a bag of clothes for Caleb. Can you guess what was in there? Of course. Long-sleeved shirts. I will never forget the way that God provided for us through the generosity of His people.

It was hard to be in debt, with no extra room in the budget. We wanted to give more financially, but we were stuck. (“The borrower is slave to the lender,” you know. -Prov. 22:7) So, while we gave our time and love, and our tithe out of each paycheck, it was our time of life to be the receivers of people’s generosity.

Now that we’re FREE from debt (Praise God!!!!), we love to give. We love being free to give – time, energy, love, and finances.

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So I was excited when I came across this newly released book, I Like Giving by Brad Formsma. The author generously provided a copy for me to review, PLUS three copies to give away to my sweet readers! How fitting!

My review?

The book was a very easy read, because it’s comprised primarily of many different real-life stories of generosity. I don’t know about you, but I always find anecdotes easy to read, and easy to learn from as well.

The stories were challenging and motivating. I felt stirred to become more generous, and to look for unique opportunities to give. It’s always heartwarming to read stories of the way that generosity has changed lives.

However. There was one major hangup for me. While the author seems to be a Christian, this is most certainly NOT a theology of giving. There are no Scripture references to back up his points. There are brief references to faith, but nothing really overt.

I’m not saying that this book on giving necessarily needs to have the plan of salvation spelled out.

But I AM saying that the whole entire REASON for generosity is that “while we were still sinners” Christ did the most generous thing ever for us, his enemies. He DIED for us. It’s astonishing. The One who owns EVERYTHING actually GAVE UP everything and took on our sins so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price.

Yeesh, how can you miss that in a book about generosity?

One other thing: While I definitely believe that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7), and we should give out of hearts of generosity, sometimes we give out of obedience and love for the body of Christ. Maybe I don’t always get an emotional jolt from writing our tithe check (ok, ok, we actually send it electronically from our bank, but stay with me), but I do it because I love Christ and His church.

Another reviewer said, “It would be great if everyone regularly gave stuff away at random on a regular basis. But giving systematically, with deliberation, planning, discernment, and direction can and should be a part of our giving as well.” I agree wholeheartedly!

Now, friends, it’s YOUR turn to read this book! Three lucky readers will get this book shipped / carried / driven to their door! Use the quick and easy Google form to enter below, and be sure to share it with your friends as well…Good luck!

Hey, and while you’re waiting around for the results of the giveaway (ending 5/14 at 11:59pm EST), tell me your favorite story of generosity in the comments!

Lemonade for Bulgaria!

We are unbelievably touched by the generous people that have already committed to supporting our trip. Look over there ———>. See that? We’re at 28% already! Woo-hoo! Praise God!

I want to tell you one really cool story of God’s provision and a friend’s generosity.

Our sweet friend Lindsey is a college student, entering her sophomore year this fall. She was also the caretaker for our kids for a whole week while we were on our last trip in 2010. She’s a great girl.

Today she was nannying for two kiddos (plus a friend), and they decided to make a lemonade/cookie stand. So, Linds baked cookies, made lemonade, and then they spent a few hours selling their goods.

The intention was to buy some school supplies for a back-to-school charity in town. But when they went to the store, they found out that the charity fundraiser was overwith.

So they came to our house to give us an envelope with $59 in it from their hard work this afternoon.

We are so blessed to know this girl.

We are also so impressed by the way that Lindsey taught these kiddos a great lesson in hard work and generosity today.

Thanks, Linds! We love you!

the lemonade stand

It’s Better to Give…


So, I’ll occasionally post pictures of my shopping trips to show you all how FUN couponing can be – and what GREAT deals we can get. And it’s so true – there is an adrenaline rush when I get $100 worth of groceries for $2, or whatever the case may be.

But that is not what this picture is about.

I’m showing you this picture because I want you to know that there’s an even more compelling reason to coupon. There is something so much MORE FUN than just getting good deals…And that is giving to others.

Our church sent out a family to the mission field of Togo, West Africa about five years ago. They are coming home on furlough this summer, and we’re preparing their rental home for their arrival. So, when our church family was called upon to donate items for their return…

I shopped my stockpile!

I can’t tell you how fun and rewarding it is to be able to walk down to my basement and pull items off the shelves that I know will bless others.

To be honest, I’m not sure how much these items cost all together over the months I’ve collected them. But my best guess at retail value is about $140. And the only items that I bought this past week were the Reynolds Wrap foil and the Old Orchard juice, which cost approximately $3.34 after coupons. Not bad when this stuff will fill a few cupboards for our special family!

I can vividly remember just a few years ago, when our budget was in the negative every month and the thought of donating $5 would make me sweat. I wanted to give but was afraid of going further in the red. (Obviously, this was before we found Dave Ramsey, or at least before his principles had helped drag us out of the mire of debt. This was also before I had learned to be a savvy shopper.)

I’m so thankful to be in a position now to be able to give!

God wasn’t joking when He said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)! 🙂

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