Sunday, June 26, 2011

In His Word Sunday-the love of money (part 1)



I've decided to pick a word on Sundays that the Lord has been working on my heart with...today is Money.  Leave me a note if He is doing the same in your heart and you write about it-how we can learn from one another!  Blessings!

The Lord is continually teaching us.  Teaching us who He is, who we are, who we are in Him...
This week, I sat down with our boys to begin a study on money.  After hearing, "I want..", "can I have...", "can we go to...", "when I get..." continually, woo-wee it starts to wear on you precious nerves.  And I will admit it isn't just the continual asking for more and more and the seemingly ungrateful attitudes...it is also the part of having to say no majority of the time.  But dear ones, can I say how good our God is, when we say (or type) it out loud (confessing, if you will), He sure is awesome in revealing sinful nature there.  For me to be able to say yes to everything, would we be able to teach a grateful heart?  Would we be able to teach a content spirit?  Would we be able to teach a generous hand?

He is good :)

Okay, so that was a some what side note but, praise the Lord-I have to share what He reveals!  Anyhow, we started to read about God's money.  I took the big concordance out and we found verses on money.  Where did we end up?  Here:

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.


The earlier part of the verse speaks foundational wisdom and roots:  1 Timothy 6:6-10


 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

We will be studying this for a while.  Not only for them but for myself as well.  I didn't learn how to handle money well and it has been an ongoing lesson (and sometimes battle) for me.  I can't emphasize enough the amazing gift and responsibility we have as parents to teach our children how to handle God's money.  When we instill in them the truth of being God's stewards when they are young, prayerfully they will continue on that path as adults, avoiding unneeded hardships that come with unhealthy views and handling of finances.

Deuteronomy 15:6

6 For the LORD your God will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you.

Psalm 37:21

 21 The wicked borrow and do not repay, 
   but the righteous give generously;

Romans 13:8


 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.


Also,
Here is a great series on Revive Our Hearts (Calling Women to Freedom, Fullness and Fruitfulness in Christ):  Financial Wisdom for God's Glory with Jan Thompson (a 4 part series that is downloadable, I believe.)


Praying for the Lord's hand upon you, learning His ways, teaching them to your young, and being good stewards of what He has entrusted to your care.

Most importantly,

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

to be continued...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

trials and breathing...




There is so much I want to write!  So many I times I'm thinking to myself, "oh, I want to write about this on the blog..." Well, I must start some where :)

There have been days I feel like I can't take one more step, one more breath and at that moment I have a choice...step, breathe...or don't...and I know there is no other choice but to step, to breathe...and I do-He does.   And I am left breathless, not because I am without hope but because He has done the opposite.  He has carried me through it, He has given me new breath, new hope to take another step.  Can I hear an Amen to His goodness :)

Though my trials are minuscule in comparison to many, they are what He knows I can handle.  He is using these trials to answer prayers.

May I serve You Lord, to live and bring You glory.

Love,
your girl :)


"...And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel:
He is called the God of the whole Earth." ~Isaiah 54:5

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