Multiplication is One of God’s Fortes #Memoir

Multipication is one of God's fortes #memoir Butterflies at Filberg Park wendylmacdonald.com

You can take courage because multiplication is one of God’s fortes. Have you given God more because you trust Him to multiply what’s left? God showed me a parable through butterflies. He told me to take courage because He is a multiplier.

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Allow me to explain:

I recently wrote a post for HeartWingsblog.com, and because I enjoy taking and sharing nature photographs, I included some of my best butterfly pictures in the post. For I had just finished reading a book by Jeff Goins called: “You Are a Writer (so start ACTING like one). In it he said, “Always do the best work you can for less than you deserve (Yes, you heard me).”
So even though I’ve been stumped several times when I tried to capture butterflies with my camera, I chose to share what I did have with the hope and trust God would provide me with more butterfly photo opportunities if it was His will. I try to keep this attitude regarding everything He’s blessed me with. I’ve experienced His multiplication each time I’ve given generously.

Multipication is one of God's fortes #memoir Butterflies at Filberg Park wendylmacdonald.com

God is not a miser. He doesn’t want me to be one either concerning any of my gifts. And He especially doesn’t want me to be a miser concerning courage.
We learn of this in Acts 23:11 NIV where Paul has been taken into the barracks by his enemies because of his preaching:

The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said,

“Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

The next morning Paul’s trust was put to the test when over 40 men took a pledge not to eat or drink until they killed Paul.

But God is a multiplier.

Multipication is one of God's fortes #memoir Butterflies at Filberg Park wendylmacdonald.com

He starts with what we have and He adds. For while Paul’s enemies planned, God placed the son of Paul’s sister in a position to hear about the plot. The young relative informed Paul. Paul informed a centurion. The centurion took the young relative to the commander.

  • One brave Paul.
  • One young man.
  • One centurion.
  • One commander.

And here in Acts 23:23 is where God multiplies exponentially through one commander:

Then he called two of his centurions and ordered them,

“Get ready a detachment of two hundred soldiers,

seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go to Caesarea at nine tonight.

Provide mounts for Paul so that he may be taken safely to Governor Felix.”

Multipication is one of God's fortes #memoir Butterflies at Filberg Park wendylmacdonald.com

When we’re willing to work within God’s will:

He multiplies what we’re working with.

He stretches our resources.

He supplies our lack from His abundance so that we can also take courage.

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The day after I obediently placed my butterfly offering into God’s hands, my husband suggested we visit one of our favorite parks. And while we were at the Filberg Park, I photographed more butterflies than I ever have in one outing. I photographed more butterflies in that visit than all my previous pictures of flying flowers combined because God is a multiplier and He wants me to be generous, to be brave, and to be daring with whatever He asks me to do.
This isn’t about butterflies.

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For the night before I read Acts 23, I mentioned to my husband that God is able to use what little we have to do big things. If we trust enough, we will joyfully give what we have and God will grant us peace and provision.

He will stand near us and say, “Take courage!”

Multipication is one of God's fortes #memoir Butterflies at Filberg Park wendylmacdonald.com

I’ve also recently obeyed the nudge to take a Sabbath rest from social media on Sundays. It was hard to do at first. But since I’ve been doing it for a few months, I’ve noticed a multiplication of followers, likes, and shares. God has been blessing my obedience to Him. The extra time I’ve been spending in rest has recharged my writing too; it has also multiplied—writing ideas are flowing fast and furious and my podcast and blog drafts files are overflowing.

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The first step of courage
Begins with fearing the Lord
Because His ways are best
And His word’s the sharpest sword
The first step of true success
Is to surrender all to God
Because He can multiply
What we’ve already got.

~wlm

Multiplication blessings ~ Wendy

P.S. Do you think those butterflies showed up because of karma or Providence? Here’s my recent six-minute memoir podcast regarding a discussion I had with a stranger about what I think of karma versus Providence: Providence or Karma

I’m nosy-to-know how the Lord has shown you multiplication is one of God’s fortes?

23 thoughts on “Multiplication is One of God’s Fortes #Memoir

  1. Dearest Wendy, I love this. It’s kind of funny that I read this tonight though because today I was singing a song from my childhood called, “Multiply”. The last line of it says, “Let the Master teach you how to multiply.” And while it is speaking of giving our faith away, I think it also teaches us to let God do a work in us so He can multiply our talents. Thank you for this encouragement dear friend 🙂

    1. Dear Marcie, thank you for blessing me with your wonderful comment. Today I experienced His multiplication regarding shopping. I went out to help someone else, and because the prices were so good, I was able to meet one of my needs too. God is good. xo I love how He personalizes His lessons for us. 🙂

  2. I absolutely love this, Wendy! The perspective you bring out is beautiful. He truly does supply our lack from His abundance. What a great post to read this evening 🙂 Thank you!

  3. I never thought of how God is a multiplier, but he truly is. I remember when my husband and I decided and prayed about adopting children. We applied for an infant in Feb. of 1977 and we had a son at the end of June that year. We applied for our second infant in Feb. of 1978 and we had a daughter by the third week of July. We applied in about March of 1979 and we had another daughter in February of of 1980. In just under three years, we had our three children. God had fulfilled and multiplied are prayer for children and he had done so in “record time,” our social worker explained.

    Including our grandchildren, Hank and I are now the elders in a family of 13. We are blessed.

    1. Dear Sharon, what a wonderful example of God’s blessings through multiplication. Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony of what God has done in your family. 🙂 You are blessed–indeed. xo

  4. I love this post, Wendy. So timely. And I do agree that we should take a Sabbath away from social media to fill up with His Word and Holy Spirit. Since I’ve spent more time away, I’ve also seen greater blessings. Also loved listening to your podcast, thank you. Wishing you a day filled with lovely butterflies and bountiful blessings!

  5. Years ago God multiplied my trust in Him through (ironically enough) butterflies! I once had a health “concern” years ago. As I was walking a butterfly landed on me. I then told God that I would trust Him with the entire ordeal. In that moment as I felt my trust in Him build, at least a dozen or so butterflies were flying in front of me. Now I ask you… How cool is that?!

    Beautiful pics! I do nature shots as well. So much of God’s awesome creation to see. All for His glory and our enjoyment.

    Blessings!

    1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, dear Liz. It reminds us of how important and wise it is to choose to trust God. He’s pleased by simple trust and increases it as He did during your multiplication miracle. xo

  6. Wonderful, wonderful post!! God is indeed the great multiplier – far beyond our imaginations! I love: “God is able to use what little we have to do big things. If we trust enough, we will joyfully give what we have and God will grant us peace and provision.” Amen!!

  7. Good morning WendyMac!

    This (excellent) post reminded me of something Michael Hyatt’ said a few years back. He had somehow lost some valuable work. I cannot recall the specifics, but the point was encapsulated in something his wife told him. She told him to not grieve over it because “there’s more where that came from.” So Michael was encouraging the audience to “give your BEST stuff away, because there is more where that came from.” You have reiterated that beautifully with this post.

    Also, thank you for the kick in the pants regarding the need for a Sabbath. I have become a slacker in that arena, and it is just a lack of trust on my part. Gotta stay busy! Gotta stay busy! It won’t get done if I don’t stay busy!

    1. Thank you, Damon. Taking a Sabbath from social media was a huge test for me–kinda like fasting from chocolate or coffee–but it blessed me way more than I expected. God calls us to rest because He wants us to have the best.
      I’m a fan of Michael Hyatt’s too. His wife is a wise woman.
      The busy bug is a hard one to squash. I’m not good at being still for very long, but there are deep rewards for us when we listen to His still small voice.

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