We all go through problems in life, and there is no amount of money that can keep you from experiencing it.
Even when you think you have it all figured out.
We experience so many issues during our course of life, such as:
There will always be something you feel you have no power over.
When people get to this point most result to a higher power. In my case it’s Jesus or God (one in the same).
Unfortunately for Most, God is an afterthought. We really don’t think we need him until we are experiencing something traumatic in our lives.
For me he is a constant. From my childhood I knew Jesus to be my everything.
I was raised in a Christian church. And when I say Christian I mean in the truest sense.
- Church every Sunday
- Heavily involved in church activities (from youth groups to singing in the choir)
- Skirts at all times within the sanctuary, outside the church was a little different 🙂
- Praying daily
- No secular music to be played in the house, even though I often played my r&b softly.
- No going out to parties, yea i snuck out a few times. Hehe
All of these things have made me the woman I am today.
So what does this have to do with your finances???
I know it seems like I’m rambling but I promise it will all make sense, especially if you are a believer as myself.
I made a comment about thinking we have it all figured out. Well, I laugh at the “thinking you have it figured out” point because I did.
Well at least the financial aspect of my life.
That’s all me.
Everyone is known to be something within their circle of friends and I’m known to be the business/finance guru.
I’m a personal finance consultant so I guess that only seems right.
I recently had a one of my close friends text me about her financial situation and I was led to share my recent experience I had with her. This is what us church folk call a “testimony”.
And I’m going to share it with you.
This past Spring I quit my job because I was totally unhappy with what I was doing. But it was different because it wasn’t a normal I quit. It’s something I had prayed about because I felt that wasn’t where God wanted me to be.
I have to admit that spiritually my relationship with God had weakened because if I wasn’t working I was tending to my family.
So I made the decision to quit my job.
Immediately once I quit I felt a weight lift. Not a weight like “OOO thank God I don’t have to go to work anymore.” but I was walking more into my purpose.
Not what I thought I wanted, not my dreams or ambitions but God’s.
And I know you may be thinking “Do you seriously think God want’s you to give up your dreams and ambitions?”
Yes, I do! Especially if your ambitions don’t line up with his plans. BUT that’s not to say he won’t take your desires into consideration.
But I don’t care because his plans are far greater than any plan I can ever have for my life.
Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
So I started this Faith Journey knowing I had a mortgage of a brand new house I just built, a husband who i knew needed my financial support and 4 growing kids who needed new clothes every other month.
I’m going to tell you the crazy part.
I planned on relying on my savings and my so called nest egg to get us through until God revealed unto me this “miraculous” revelation of to make some money or I got a new job.
God has a sense of humor most definitely because that money I planned on using had seemed to vanish within a month. I’m not talking a couple of hundred dollars.
I was left in a state where I had no choice but trust God!
I became as a child needing their father.
I finally understood God’s plan.
We often lean on our own understanding of how things work. We know we need money to supply our needs, so we set out on these ambitious journeys to do what God NEVER called you to do.
That was me!!! And I know it’s some of you too.
Do you know for 7 months I had no income and God provided for me every step of the way. I even went on a trip to Chicago. But that’s how God does he shows up and shows out and you don’t have to do anything but Trust him.
I started getting checks in the mail every two weeks like clock work as if I was working a job, but these were checks for thousands of dollars. (insert praise break)
The first check I got was only for $20. So I just knew it was a test. I needed the whole $20 but I knew I had to tithe it. I tithed half of it and the blessings have continued to flow until this day.
God can so easily become an afterthought for you much like others in the world. you tend to make time when it was convenient to. Especially when you feel you don’t have a need.
He seems to only become convenient when we are need of things….
Health issues – because we’ve been told he’s a healer
Bad Habits/addictions – because we’ve heard he’s a deliverer
Financial Issue – because we’ve heard he’s our provider
Death – Because we’ve been told he’s a comforter
These are the times when the most of us find ourselves seeking God.
But how completely wrong is that.
It’s kind of like having a friend that you know can solve your problems but only go to them when you are in need. You don’t make an effort to establish a true relationship, talk or even hang out.
No matter what the issue Jesus provides a solution.
That’s what I call laying your problems at his feet.
And this is when I truly found out I don’t have it figured out or taken care of no matter how much I have planned or saved.
God is the one who has enabled me to be able to save and provide and he can just as easily take it away.
He is the ultimate provider.
I know many who read this is going to twist this and say so “you’re telling me that the only way you can be successful in my finances is to do what God wants.”
YES and NO!
There are many financially successful people out there who could care less about God.
But as a believer it’s about GRATEFULNESS!
It’s about giving honor to whom honor is due.
I can’t doing anything without that man, literally NOTHING!
So why would I try to pile up a fortune without reverencing him.
None of this is by my own doing.
So when you find yourself drowning in debt, you know whose able to fix it.
When you can’t afford your bills, you know who can fix it.
Even when everything seems good and you have not a care in this world, you know who did it.
And that’s why I lay my finances at the feet of Jesus, because he’s the only CONSTANT!
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