In the first part of this series, Alicia described the drought facing her rural community and started explaining her personal journey of reframing to move from a mindset of drought to one of abundance.
I love God and prayed many times to him with the deep concerns in my heart about money. I have the King James Bible on my phone, and I used the search function to look up all of the scriptures in the Old Testament with the word “Abundance.” There are 78. As I read them, I felt my anxieties melt away. It shifted my drought-considering, negative mindset to one of hope and abundance.
Here are some Old Testament scriptures that helped me. They are more poetic in nature. The poetic verses help me more when I am working through anxieties. Bible stories help me more when I am problem-solving.
Psalm 132:15 “I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.”
Isaiah 35:1-2 “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing. . . they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”
This one fits my situation because I live in a high desert community and hope we rural women will “blossom as the rose” in our creativity and problem-solving during this drought. Sometimes it’s my heart that is the desert and needs blossoming.
9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
I love how this last one compares the nurturing abundance of lactation with how God will nurture us. I can relate to that as a mother.
What are some resources from your faith tradition that help you reframe scarcity into abundance?
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Written by Alicia Moulton