Play Your Hand!


Have you ever been in a service and the minister tells the congregation of a financial need for a project that is underway and you are inspired to give a sizable amount? Just as you are beginning to write that check a small voice tells you to cut your donation in half just in case “something” happens.

Or maybe you’re in a store and you see a gorgeous pair of shoes. You try them on, prance around in them in the mirror and a there it is again…that small voice nudging you to back off in case “something” comes up. You think about it for a short moment, dance around a little more and of course, quietly put them back. 

I’ve faced many situations on more than one occasion that made me hesitate and caused me to take a step back in my daily living to consider what may or may not happen in my life when I was afforded the chance to give or even receive. 

As I pondered over this I began to examine my apprehension about feeling free to be open to the hand of God, or even being a blessing to others. I came to the realization that at the root of my disquiet about giving, spending or receiving was that deep in my heart, I thought it would leave me in a place of lack. 

I further realized that it meant that there was a lack of trust that my heavenly Father was not able to keep His promise to provide everything that I would ever need. I thought that if I would take the position of being a “responsible” adult and make certain “sacrifices” God would be pleased with me. 

He softly whispered to me to trust Him enough to supply the things that I needed and the things I wanted. I have since learned that if I trust Him with all of my substance, He has an abundant supply to replace AND add to anything that I would ever need. 

I wish I could tell you that I got this lesson right away, but I didn’t. I still have to remind myself that there is nothing that I possess that our Father does not have PLENTY of and is more than willing to give me. Now, when the opportunity arises for me to be open to His hand of provision being displayed in my life; sometimes He still has to nudge me to remind me to rest because He’s got me!

Life Dare: Take the opportunity to do something nice for yourself this week. Buy those shoes. Find someone to bless, knowing that because you are sowing seeds, God is going to replenish your supply. Because of His love and promises He will not leave you wanting. 


About the Writer:

Lesley Thomas was born and raised in Gainesville, FL. where she graduated from Eastside High School and attended Santa Fe Community College. She is the third of four siblings born to Mr. and Mrs. James and Annie Thomas. Early in her life she began to show interest in music, singing and writing and has been a blessing to the body of Christ in using them. 

In 1999 she relocated to Dallas, TX where she joined The Potter’s House where Bishop T.D. Jakes is pastor. She joined the choir and was blessed with many opportunities to travel and sing on three of the Potter’s House Mass Choir’s live recordings. Lesley attended and graduated from the Potter’s House School of Ministry in 2001 and received her ministerial license. She has since gone on to further her education and was ordained as an Elder in 2008. She also received her certification in Christian Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counselors in 2007.

 In 2010 she returned back to her home state of Florida and is continuing to build and use the gifts that God has given her. 

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14 Comments to “Play Your Hand!”

  1. This is such an amazing and much needed post! That little voice would find its way to me too when I had an opportunity to sow or receive. I thank you for our personal anecdote; it is much like the stories of others. Thank you for sharing such a great lesson!!!

    • Thank you Karlyne. I am always challenged to keep growing in this area as I know you are. I appreciate the simple lessons God imparts to us on our journey to get to the BIG things he has in store for us. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! Blessings!

  2. Faced with this very challenge this morning
    This article has prompted me to trust the God that has
    so many times been true to his word. Some times you need
    a reminder that if He did it then He can again

    • Hi April,

      Isn’t is just like our God to send the right message at the right time. I’m so grateful to have said something that blessed you. God’s promises are true and He never fails to perform them. He will DO IT again!! I appreciate your words of encouragement.

  3. This is an Amazing article! I can relate to this on so many levels ,but after reading this I’m going to play my hand because God has me.

    • Play your hand Ms. Cameshia. With God’s wisdom and guidance it’s GUARANTEED to be a winner! And, He most certainly has your back….your front and each side! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Great article! This is true for so many people including myself. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Thanks for responding. I so glad that the blog was an inspiration to you.


  5. What a great reminder. God certainly wants us to enjoy His blessings. I want to revel in everything He bestows on me and not try to be a miser. Thanks for this Lesley. Blessings, Amy

    • Hi Amy,

      God certainly desires for us to enjoy ALL good things he has created and gifted our lives with. When I realized that I was being duped by the devil my ears became more keen when listening for God’s voice concerning giving. I now look for opportunities to sow into the lives of others. I am also learning to receive his goodness in multiplied return without MUCH resistance…lol! I have learned that it is His good pleasure to give me the good of the land. It really is his plan for His children. Thank you so much for your kind reply.

  6. Trusting God is the key to our ability to live freely. Free to give, free to receive and free to hear and obey the voice of the Lord. He is nothing short of amazing the way He always blesses the hand that gives. Trusting Him makes us rich in ways we cannot imagine. Rich because we are free to look for the needs of others and be a blessing. I am so glad you are enjoying the goodness of God.

    • You hit the nail on the head Jeannie! TRUSTING God truly is the key in every area of our lives. I am a giver at heart and I now understand that the enemy was fighting me because of this very thing…God always blesses that hand that GIVES! That profound statement alone encourages me even more. Thank you for sharing such great insight with us!!

      Live FREE!! 🙂

  7. Love this….I use to use giving as a way to “get the favor of God’, until through much stripping away I saw there nothing I could do would make Him love me more. My giving is now an extension of that love He so lavishes on me!! Thanks for an excellent post!!

    • Amen Dixie!

      It is that love for God that helps to keep our motives pure and our giving hands clean. I am also thankful to God for His wisdom that teaches us how to love others through our giving. Thank you for your insight into our Father’s heart for us!

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