Quick Praise Reports
Last week I was scheduled to shoot an industrial film in LA for one day for $350. I was told that there might be a chance I could be used for more than one day, but most likely, it would only be one day. I prayed for favor, and they extended me to two days! And they didn’t even use me the first day, so I got paid that day for nothing.
When I got back, I got an extra work job that paid $200 for four hours. Today I sang at an event where the host again gave me an additional $100 over what I have been given in previous years for one hour’s work.
Yesterday I took a big box of Christmas lights out of the garage. I untangled them all tested them all and was going to do this big, last-minute, light project. However, I decided it was easier to give all the lights to Goodwill with some other things I was donating. I felt a check in my spirit not to give them away but to sell them.
I felt it was the Holy Spirit, so I said I would put them on Offer Up for one day for $10. Offers started pouring in last night and this a.m. I realized that I probably priced them too low, but what the heck I was going to give them away. So, one guy pops up who lives about three blocks away and is ready to buy right now. So, I decided to meet him, and he hands me $20 (indicating keep the change) and says it’s all about giving!
Quick Financial Testimonies for the Holidays
First, a reminder of why I share them. Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” A lifestyle of generous giving should lead to a lifestyle of bountiful receiving.
If you sow, you should expect to reap. If you regularly give you should be expecting to receive, waiting in faith, anticipating harvests from the seeds that you have sown. To say oh I don’t need much, I don’t give to get, is false humility and scripturally off.
Please read 2 Cor 9:6-15. It talks about the rewards of generous giving. One of the rewards is the grace to meet your needs and have more leftover to meet the needs of others. It’s not God’s plan for you to have enough just to meet your needs. When you have more to meet the needs of others, it results in thanksgiving and glory going up to God (2 Cor 9:12-13).
Testimony #1: I signed up for a free trial of CBS All Access to watch my favorite TV show and NFL Gamepass to try and catch a Cowboys game that wasn’t televised. The trial was supposed to end on the 23rd, and I forgot. On the 23rd, I took my godkids to the Mall. I went to buy lunch, and my debit card declined twice. I thought, no way. It turns out that both CBS and NFL Access charged the annual amounts for the subscriptions that day. I freaked out. What a terrible Christmas I thought.
I asked my godson Julian to pray with me, and we prayed for favor to reverse everything, get out of the subscriptions, and get the money back. I called CBS first, and the guy explained how I had chosen annual vs. monthly and that there was no trial period for annual. I started praying in the Spirit.
He then told me that they don’t usually refund the money. But then he put me on hold. I prayed again. When He came back, it sounded at first as if he just left to pretend to talk to a supervisor. But he said even though they didn’t usually do it, that they would cancel the subscription and refund the money to the card in 3-5 business days!
The NFL Gamepass was harder to figure out, but when I got home, I completed the refund process online. The pass expired on the 23rd, so I didn’t know if the pass expired on the 23rd or if it was through the 23rd.
I know it was a dumb thing to do, especially for me because I usually forget trial periods and lose money. But God answered my prayers for grace and mercy, and the refund e-mail confirmation came immediately with a notice to wait for 3-10 business days. BUT BOTH REFUNDS HIT MY CHECKING ACCOUNT CHRISTMAS DAY! Merry Christmas! Banks are closed on Christmas, and the 24th was a Sunday, but I still got the money!
Testimony #2: I shot an industrial film, and today, the company asked me if I wanted to be paid via Paypal or check. In 14 years of working in the entertainment industry, I have never been offered Paypal. The biggest drawback to being an actor is waiting for checks that typically take weeks, sometimes a few months to arrive. I completed the project, and when I was done, she sent the $500! I got it the same day, within an hour of finishing, just in time to meet some things that I wanted to do for the holidays!
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