Growing In Grace: Giving Him All of Me

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Today I was going to write a short heartwarming post about having a thankful heart. That’s what I wanted to write. It’s what would be easy, and people could read it and say “O, that’s nice.”

But sometimes, God asks me to write about the hard stuff instead. The stuff that I don’t really want to confess to the world. Yet, here I am.

I am one of those people who would say that I love the Lord with ALL my heart. My desire is to passionately follow Him. And still, there are parts of my heart and my life that I try to withhold.

There is this one specific area in my life that I personally have struggled to let go of. My money.

If you ask me to show up at church to minister or serve, I’m there. You can have my time, my effort.

If you need a place to host an event or a Bible study, my house is open.

If you need someone to pray with you, I got ya covered.

I’ll take food to the sick. I’ll visit those in the hospital. I’ll help in the nursery or at Sunday school. And, you better believe I’ll lead worship any day of the week. My talents are available.

In fact, if you need a mechanic or a fishing guide, I may even volunteer my husband’s time and talents.

BUT, when it comes to taking that cash out of my wallet or writing out that check and physically giving it away. Giving it to my church or to that ministry. Giving it to the poor. Giving it, well, really for anything, I just don’t want to. AT ALL.

I cry out “Jesus, take all of me”…. But the reality is I’m really meaning “Jesus, take all of me, EXCEPT my money… You can have it all, just don’t take my wallet!”

Still, in my heart, I know that God has called me to GIVE. God has called me to have a heart of generosity.

He does not want just pieces of my life, only the parts that come easily for me. He wants every part of me.

So, I had to make a choice, a choice to trust Him with my money. To give EVEN when I don’t feel like it.

Proverbs 28:22 says, “The stingy man is eager to get rich, and is unaware that poverty awaits Him.”

I don’t want to be the “stingy” man talked about in Proverbs. Not with my time, or my efforts, or my talents, or my possessions, OR even my money!

My friend, what part of your life are you holding back from the Lord today? It may be your money as in my case, or it very well may be something totally different.

Give Him all of you. And, choose to trust Him today.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…”

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Finances: Breaking the Chains

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The sights and sounds here are all too familiar. Almost as if we’ve been in this place before. And, that’s because we have.

We have been in this place where rather than owning our money we have felt like we are owned by it.

We have been in this place where we are slaves to the bills that come in the mail.

We have been in this place that so often leads to stress, and poor choices and resentment.

When my husband and I were newly married, we were here. And, at that time, as a young couple with no kids and 2 jobs, it wasn’t so difficult to pull ourselves out. We paid off the extra credit card debt, the lines of credit for unnecessary things. We sold some of our toys, the extras that we didn’t have to have.

But, here we are again. With student loans that were accepted in the midst of emotional turmoil when it felt like there were no other options. With vehicles that needed replacing, and 2 kids to feed and clothe and take care of. With investment in a house that has sat for sale and without selling for months and months and months. With business investments that didn’t play out quite like we had planned ….

Here we are again…

And, I know we are not here alone. Many of you accompany us in this place. You have been here before. Maybe you just live here. Maybe you are like us, accidently here, and ready to make the journey out of this place.

Today is the beginning of our journey.

It is a hard journey to share. There is something within our human pride that avoids this topic.

But, maybe someone else will relate, maybe someone will be blessed, or encouraged, or reminded how far they have come. And so, I will write about this journey that we are experiencing.

A journey to live simpler, to have more to give, to save more for our future…. Ultimately a journey to the place of financial freedom, where we no longer feel like our souls are shackled to monthly payments and high interest and poor choices. The destination will look different for all of us.

I believe that this is a prison we have created for ourselves. And so, we seek God’s help to get to where we need to be.

He has set us free spiritually and I believe He will provide the strength to set us free in this, and all areas of our life if we only allow Him.

After all, our God is BIG. He is big enough to help us out of this place.

We personally begin our journey by cutting out the extras, downgrading the vehicles, and realizing that we HAVE to keep better track of our money.

Can you relate? What are you doing to move from this place and journey to a better financial future?

Remember, you are not alone!

Isaiah 41: 13 “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”