In January I boldly asked God for a pretty big birthday gift. I told him that I’d like to celebrate my 50th birthday at our Bursting Barns property. Now, I should probably mention that my birthday isn’t til July, oh, and also, in January we hadn’t even begun LOOKING for our property yet! Bold request? Yep. But my God says I may boldly approach His throne of Grace, and He had revealed Himself to me as my LIMITLESS God, so I could believe Him for LIMITLESS blessings! He also says we have not because we ask not, so I decided to take Him at His Word and boldly ask!
Now, here we are, just days away from my Jubilee birthday, and we are all settled into our beautiful new home, which is also home base to our ministry, and SO MUCH MORE than I could dream or imagine!!. All I can say is WOW, GOD!!!
The Bible Study Tools website says this about the Hebrew year of Jubilee:
There are three distinct factors constituting the essential features of the Jubilee Year:
personal liberty, restitution of property, and what we might call the simple life.
They owed their life to God and were subject to His sovereign will. Only through loyalty to Him were they free and could ever hope to be free and independent of all other masters.
The crowning feature, though, was the full restitution of all real property in the Jubilee Year.
Nothing was expected of the people but faith in Yahweh and confidence in His power, which was not to be shaken by any doubtful reflection. And right here we have found the root of the simple life: no life without the true God, and no simplicity of life without true faith in Him.
Our greatest desire at Bursting Barns is to be blessed to bless. God has given us this beautiful blessing in order to use it to bless those sent into all the world with the Gospel message, ministers, and whoever else He brings our way. It takes resources to make that happen. And so, here I am once again boldly approaching His throne and asking, but this time I’m bringing you along with me. I am asking you to ask Him how you can partner with us. I’m asking you for a birthday gift. During the month of July, will you help me celebrate my Jubilee Birthday with a tax-deductible gift that I won’t keep for myself, but will sow into this ministry in order to bless others? I ask with a very humble and grateful heart, and I ask with a hopeful expectancy that God will replenish your gift right back to you, multiplied! The gift that keeps on giving! Don’t you just love Kingdom economy??
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity!
Jill Perry, founder of Bursting Barns Ministries