I have had plenty and I have had very little. Neither determined my joy or peace. I decided to be happy, drew near to God to have peace and joy. Money is a necessary evil but I prefer bartering to get things done. This has allowed a great life with less fiddling with money. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. And if we look around, it is greed and want all over the place. People have allowed greedy marketing agents hired by greedy tycoons to get the idea into an inflated ego that we deserve this or that because we exist or we need the newest thing. Politicians accept obsene amounts of money to pass laws that benefit the rich bad guys with an agenda. You have a couple police officers that make the others look bad that accept high dollars to overlook crimes. You have union presidents that collect lots of dues from people who need the money to support liberal politicians and their greedy agendas for even more money. You have leaders of countries given aid who pocket that aid and do not help the people in need.
Yes, the love of money, the greed, the ego, the discontent and want is certainly most of evil’s roots. And the only way to counter evil is truth and love and generosity. This means when we are content and trust God for our needs and are generous with what He gives us, we break this cycle of control over us. We are free from its snare. And we draw closer to God, who will always provide what we need.😄❤
While I love my life as a loving housewife and loving homeschooling momma, I sometimes am blessed to also still be a consulting loving Audiologist. And today, I was blessed with 3 patients. This helps with birthdays coming up (everyone in the house but me) and gas money for running around, etc. So work is a blessing to us. But more of a blessing is God’s blessing of timing and allowing the blessing at just the right time.
I got to thinking that I have Christian brothers and sisters who struggle with money. And I heard a great teaching that said struggles with money are management problems or problems with God’s provision. As in, either we spend poorly and that is the problem or we ate not getting enough and that is the problem. Or both. And to the not getting enough, it could be three things: not working at the best position you are capable, not enough faith and prayer, or you have a lesson to learn about depending on God. And that teaching is sound.
I reflect that I used to have a pride issue and work harder, more jobs and earn more but simultaneously had a spending problem. But I do not remember ever not tithing. 10% to God first. And I always had faith but still struggled because there was a spending problem and pride. So when my pride broke and I adopted a Spirit of humbleness and my faith was still there and my Spirit of self-control helped with my spending, now I do not want for anything. We don’t have enough to go to Disney, but I am content with whatever God provides and He always provides what we need when we needed. ❤
Other than student loans, which are literally the value of half our house (9 years to be a doctor, oy). Other than that, we have no unusual debts – no credit card debt or store debt and caught up on utilities, etc- and thank God for that blessing. But I must confess that money has never been a priority to me. I have always been ambitious to help people and heal people and encourage their souls toward Christ, but money has never been an issue. I worked hard and always tithed, even when tight on funds, and God always provided what I needed and a whole lot of extras now and again. God is mega rich and He is my Heavenly Father and loves me, so money will always be there when I need it and I am content so want little else. But the debt I owe has nothing to do with money, though sometimes it takes that form. I owe a debt of gratitude to God for all He has done for me in the past, present and future. And whatever I am going through, I don’t have to do it alone for God is always with me. I am cared for. I am secure. Even if I lose everything I own or my life, I have everything I need for eternal bliss with God in heaven. I am assured and He helps along the way every time I humbly pray. So beautiful. And I am thankful for that immense blessing and do my best to live like I am. ❤
Coming from a small crop farm family in a small, rural town in Buchanan, MI, we depended on the weather and our tractors for a paycheck on top of dad working nights as a large machine repairman. I knew daddy would make money to pay the bills of living and God would take care of the weather and all would be fine. We didn’t have a whole lot and I was perfectly content to live simply. People in my town didn’t make a whole lot and had to commute to neighboring larger cities for higher pay. Loving money (you know, the kind when Jesus said, “The love of money is the root of all evil”) never crossed my mind. Frankly, I believe money is ridiculous. This flimsy linen buys things, pays bills, is fought over, starts huge wars, excites greed, promotes jealousy, separates families, deprives people of easy access to mission work, the list goes on and I totally get why Jesus made that statement. It is true. How sad is it that your worth depends on how well you are balancing your debt load. Why is everyone in debt? Why do we work so hard to buy ahead of time what we need or want in advance of having the money for it. Do we need things so badly? What do they do for ua? Let us buy more things, pay debt off eventually, manage debt now, etc. It is a mixed up world when stuff/materials/comfort/accumulation of linen paper matters more than people. Of course I am not sure how to solve this, it is so ingrained in everything. But I wanted to mention this truth: peoplr really are more important. God made people lovingly and special on purpose for a purpose. Getting rich has never ever been that purpose. Loving God and people is the purpose. Loving means serving and caring and honoring. So the largest amount of time we have or resources or service should go into loving selflessly and not accumulating for self. This is radical and counter-culture but that is the God we serve. Jesus was radical, in the best way.❤❤❤
So, it is try something new day. The butler’s pantry (which is so funny because we just were putting in a pantry with a bar sink for coffee and the guy at Lowes said that was a “butler’s pantry” lol) is getting a marble tile backslash. It is the first time ever installing tile. We are doing this smaller area in practice for the slightly larger lol kitchen we are renovating next. And like everything else, to do something new is to expand your skill set and confidence and knowledge and feels good. Messy but good, like most good things. Lol. And as I am watching youtu.be e videos how to do all this, it occurs to me that most people pay other people money to do something they have never done out of fear or ignorance or laziness when they could easily do it themselves if they simply did a little research and tried. And then I realized that everything is like that. I had never made a quilt but wanted to make a personalized one for each of my kids and just did it. And the first one was hard and the second was easier. How true that is of everything. Just do it! 🙂