Efficiency is not my god.
Thriftiness is not my god.
Status is not my god.
Whether I have a house or I am homeless; this is not my god.
Fame is not my god.
Money is not my god.
Ethnicity. NOT my god.
What other people think is not my god.
Planning is not my god.
Procrastination. Not my god.
“My schedule” is not my god.
Worry. NOT my god.
Perfection. Not my god.
Tradition is not my god.
Addiction is not my god.
Regret. Not my god.
Fear is not my god.
Education is not my god.
Health. Not my god.
Illness is not my god.
Rejection is not my god.
Acceptance is not my god.
Fads. Not even!
Food is not my god.
Hunger isn’t my god.
My employer. Not my god.
Government. Not my god.
Weather. Not even the weather.
Debt is not my god.
Lack is not my god.
Competition is not my god.
Entertainment is NOT my god!
Trophies. My treasures are being stored in Heaven.
Success. NOT my god!
Laundry is not even my god.
Time, itself, is not my god.
God is my God and constant prayer keeps my eyes focused on Him and asking His will for each hour of time He’s gifted to me.
God is my God.
You shall have no other gods before Me. -Exodus 20:3
My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. –John 10:27
This is bigger than just our family. This is more than 4 people moving to Alaska.
This is huge! This will take much more than money. This will need volunteers, paid employees, land, buildings, donations, beds, food, chairs, computers, desks, clothing, sewing machines, counselors, police, lawyers, cooks, janitors, financial guys, etc.
The same God Who gave Power to David’s sling and stones is able to lift us to do His Work when we obey & look to Him & give Him the Glory.
The bank account is negative. For the first time in my life, I have peace anyway (both are rare; the peace I have and the negative account. Though there’s not always much in there when it’s positive…)
I used to lie in bed in the morning and worry. I’d worry over money. I’d cry over money. I’d try to figure out how we can make enough to pay everything AND stay home with our kids because for us, that’s a ministry in itself. We both knew when we got married that we’d give up some stuff and I’d stay home with our kids. For OUR family that is the way it is.
It’s not wrong or right.
Just the way it is for us.
So I’ve worked some years by keeping other people’s kids and several years as a crossing guard for the school district and now also for our photography company God’s allowed us to start.
But every single day I’d worry over money. It never occurred to me HOW much it was a worry until we started to give 10% of our income. And we did that PURELY on faith. We do NOT have EXTRA and honestly it’s not supposed to come from EXTRA anyway. It’s supposed to be your FIRST money. We’ve made a commitment to do this now and though we mess up sometimes, we’re sticking to it for the rest of our lives. Period.
I challenge you to try it for one month. With happiness and obedience. Just TRY it. There is NOTHING like it I’ve ever known. The peace that your heart and mind have. The unexplainable peace. It’s not of this world. You may never go back. This is the beginning of the best times in my whole life, Jack! I can already tell you this and we’ve only done it for a few months.
NOW instead of lying in bed worrying about money every morning, I have changed my habit. Before my feet hit the floor I ask God to show me what He wants me to do today.
Get it? Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Ask God what He wants you to do every day -AND GO DO IT- and everything else will be taken care of.
My friend pointed out something about me not worrying over money anymore. She said that satan tries to hurt us by using stuff he knows will get to us and now he’s not happy that he can’t get to us by using money this way.
If I’m so worried over money, he’s got my attention and I’m not able to focus on the important stuff God is putting in front of me today.
The enemy wants to WASTE your TIME. Because that’s all you have. Time. And the moments of your life are numbered. If satan can waste your time, ESPECIALLY when you don’t even realize he’s stealing from you, he’s done what he set out to do today.
THAT is the secret of the enemy. Now you know. Whatever you’re worrying over today, I’m praying for peace and focus for you right now. You have really important stuff to do. Ask God what that He wants you to do today and then go and do it.