All These Things Will Be Added Unto You

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

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Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

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So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In the middle of the mundane, repetitive chores of daily life, it is so easy to forget that our Father has promised to supply all our needs. Today I am celebrating my messy kitchen stacked with dishes and the piles of laundry waiting to be washed– folded– put away. Because they are constant, everyday reminders that God has never left us. He is always providing for us, even when we are too caught up in cleaning up to remember that the food we scrape from the plates and the mountain of clothes we throw into the washing machine are gifts from Him.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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13 thoughts on “All These Things Will Be Added Unto You

  1. This is Jo’s mom and dad – we are visiting her in Maine and were marveling at all the similarities between you two! By the way….your post is filled with our own memories of watching God provide what I could not imagine being able to take care of – the need doesn’t provide the need to worry but the anticipation of Him showing up!

    • Is this Patti & Lou from Bethel Bible? If so, we want to express what a special blessing you have been to our lives, an encouragment in our very time of need! We are currently in the heart of the Bible belt – let’s catch up!
      The Mills Family

  2. This might be the first mother-daughter back-to-back comment on your blog.

    What a great reminder, my friend. Way to turn the laundry and dish piles into evidence of God’s provision!

  3. I can’t see the laundry pic for some reason, that ‘s fine, mine is all over my bed, and the chair , and the ironing board
    and I’m sitting here doing this , and chatting with my daughter and husband
    thanks !

  4. I try to remind myself that dirty dishes means we have food, and dirty clothes means we have clothes. Together it means we are healthy.
    It’s always good to be reminded. Thanks.

  5. Hanging by my kitchen sink is a plaque my grandma had by hers, it says:

    Thank GOD for Dirty Dishes
    they have a tale to tell.
    While others may go hungry,
    we’re eating very well.
    With home, health and happiness,
    I shouldn’t want to fuss.
    By the stack of evidence,
    GOD’s been very good to us.

  6. Oi…those pictures coulda come right out of our house. But your right, it’s all reminders of how good we really have it. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. terrific post.
    i am learning that “i will enter his gates with thanksgivng in my heart, i will enter his courts with praise.” so if i want in his gates, and into his courts, then i MUST be thankful and recognize His goodness in everything…including laundry and dishes (and there are plenty of both to be thankful for!).

    this post is a great reminder of that.

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