The Law of Reciprocity
When God Gives You an Upgrade
By Tim Branson
The 700 Club
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CBN.com - Dana Howerton never thought it would come to this: that her family finances would hit rock bottom. It happened when her husband Todd lost his job because of a drug addiction. He went into rehab and Dana started cleaning houses and corporate apartments just to make ends meet.
“When you lose everything and you have not just yourself, but your children to provide for and you’re responsible for, nothing was beneath you,” says Dana.
Many of the apartments Dana cleaned had just been vacated. Often she found unopened food that had been left behind that she was allowed to take home.
“There were lots of things that I was able to take home to my family and-and make meals out of," explains Dana. "And it was like manna from heaven."
Dana remembers the tough choices she was forced to make.
“I was really torn between 'are we going to have gas money to get to the next job that’s going to give me money, or are we going to have milk for their cereal or anything that they might need tomorrow.' And I chose the gas.”
Dana was desperate for answers. She started watching The 700 Club where she heard about the law of reciprocity.
“What that taught me was that I could sow into the kingdom and if we go above and beyond giving, that opens the door for God’s blessings to just start moving in our lives,” shares Dana.
Dana started tithing off the little bit she made cleaning apartments. She also started giving to CBN. Not long after that, she says God provided her with a cleaning job that took care of the next month’s rent!
“It was exactly $500 that she paid me for that job,” says Dana. “God knew my need, God provided a way for me to meet that need.”
It wasn’t just that month’s rent. Dana says God always provided their every need. Eventually Todd beat his drug addiction, got out of rehab, and went back to work.
“Life now is so exciting,” Dana says. God has just blessed everything. It’s the truly abundant life.
Today, they both have steady jobs and they still give to CBN as 700 Club Gold members. Just recently they bought their first home.
“When we walked in the door and put the key in, I carried my wife in,” Todd beams. “To look up and to see the light coming through the big windows, it was unreal. I asked for a pond, and-and God gave us a lake, and so me and my son go fishing a lot. We all go fishing. God gave us this house.”
Adds Dana, “When he says in Matthew 6:33, when you do set your eyes on God, He knows the desires of our heart, He knows our needs, but He gives that and so much more.”
Dana took God at His word and He provided for her every need. God wants to bless you too! You can be a part of what God is doing in the world today by partnering with CBN. You will bring the love of God to millions of hurting people all around the world. Through your gifts, you provide medical missions that treat the sick, dig clean water wells to help thirsty villagers, and comfort disaster victims, quickly bringing them the help they desperately need—all in the name of Jesus. Please join with us and make a life-changing difference in the world today.
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