Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Surrendering it all...

Hi everyone, its been a couple of weeks, I've been
on sabbatical for my life :) So, pull up a chair, its a
long one, but I believe we'll all reap a harvest afterwards!

Funny thing, well, not really. Notice how all of our currency
has the words, "In God We Trust" boldly stamped on it...
Can we honestly say, we're trusting God? Or worse, are we
ignoring these words? Particularly with regard to income,
expenses, savings and other forms
of finances.
I truly find it as no coincidence that these specific words are
stamped upon the world's money! Stay with me here...

This is a touchy subject for most, and even for me, as my husband
and I continue to have our share of financial snags and financial
turmoil at times, leading to out of control debt and almost a
bondage effect, leaving little for us to make payments "on time" -
can you relate? maybe, maybe not... even with budgeting,
one check, every other week, goes too quickly in these
financial times for sure!

I wanted to write about this subject today, because it affects
everyone of us and I'm in a battle myself about this fragile
matter that sadly, holds many of us hostage.

Ecclesiastes 5:10
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever
loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
This too is meaningless.

Currently, we are in a position in our lives where God is testing us in the
fire specifically in (this area), a true test of our faith for sure!
He's finding out what we are really made of? As a stay at home mom,
I do not have a steady "income" if at all most of the time these days,
although, my husband is working every day to
support us and provide for us as best as he can, of which, I am so
thankful for this man. However, it seems as though our living expenses
by far, exceed our current income "crisis" - This is why I bring up
the topic of "Surrendering It All" - its completely where I am today
and I know God is fashioning for me a finer character and patient
endurance to reach the prize at the end of my life.

Is there really any-other way to know God? I thought about seeking
outside employment, which is what I am presently doing, however,
from my experience in working very diligently and still losing jobs,
never finding the "right" job, it appears to me, no matter what avenue
I or we decide or think we're qualified for, its ALWAYS the Lord's work
and His will that stands folks, even if it means, suffering for God's glory,
YES, suffering at times, which is the hardest thing to do for His
kingdom in our lives, but at times, very necessary (see below and
be encouraged if you're in a similar trial or possibly a
consequence of your sin?).

We suffer as a testimony, as a witness(2 Tim 2:8-10; 2 Cor. 4:12-13; 1 Pet. 3:13-17).
We suffer to develop our capacity and sympathy in comforting others (2 Cor. 1:3-5
We suffer to keep down pride (2 Cor. 12:7).
We suffer to bring about continued dependence on the grace and power of God.
We suffer to manifest the life and character of Christ (The Fruit of the Spirit)
(2 Cor.4:8-11; Phil. 1:19f)
We suffer to manifest the evil nature of evil men and the righteousness
of the justice of God when it falls in judgment (1 Thess. 2:14-16)
We suffer to broaden our ministries (cf. Philippians 1:12-14 with 4:5-9).

After reading that, I think its' obvious to see that God wants and
desires for us to TRUST IN HIM.... FIRST -
Lord as I speak about this, help me to also live it!
The stamp on the currency is a
reminder I believe - but we so often overlook this important key
in our lives.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your life free from the
love of money, and be
content with what you have.

If it is His will for our family (in my case), I may find work outside
the home to help supplement income, learn new things -
spread the love of Christ this way again, though,
not expected of me (to work outside the home that is) as a woman,
wife and mother (especially given the high call to motherhood) that
is the most desired place of position and most blessed, according to
scripture, and should be where we find the most contentment,
I realize there are some special exceptions to this rule,
with single mothers for example, but, even then,
as this ladies IS in fact what we were designed for, marriage and
preparing a home with children. But the worldly, societal pull of the
culture believes otherwise. Lord, forgive us for not believing in Your
perfect Will for our lives at times and making it about us.

However, it becomes increasingly difficult to fully trust when
you're faced with a trial like this, would you agree?
We are human after all, always in need of a Savior
who is always awaiting our humility to set us FREE
from debt and other problems we're facing.
Money it seems, is always in demand - but as sure as
it arrives, it goes quickly too. It's needed to feed, clothe,
provide shelter, giving etc... or do we have it all wrong and
just working in our own flesh to control "our" own worlds?

Another sensitive topic might include, "tithing" our
earnings. We are learning by faith through tithing these
days and every day ahead is to truly test the Lord and see if
He won't provide for us... not solely to "get something back"
but to be faithful and obedient to His word period.
I'm happy to report, the Lord provides a way when
there is absolutely nothing in our pockets, you'll be
amazed! It ALL belongs to
Him anyway (see bible for more verses on this topic too)

Matthew 7:11
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is
good to those who ask Him!

My life can testify to the truth of this verse!
Matthew 6:31-32
Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat ' or 'What will we drink '
or What will we wear for clothing ' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all
these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

So then, let's try to plan our financial forecast of past due,
bill payments and our gift giving with God in mind more

Proverbs 21:5
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone
who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

Luke 14:28-30
For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower,
does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he
has enough to complete it "Otherwise, when he has laid a
foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin
to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to
build and was not able to finish. '"

Finally, I've come to the conclusion that I must
surrender all of my possessions, money, talents,
skills, children, husband etc... to the Lord, for He
knows everything about me and what my future is
as well as my families future. Lord help me to be
a stronger example of your grace to begin again
take your words to heart to make necessary changes
in my decision making.

May I boldly confess my sin of the need to control
my circumstances and those around me, jobs etc. before
the Lord more often so He can shine His truth and wisdom
on my life and family so I can bless others, even if it is
forever with limited financial means... for I am truly blessed
and the most wealthy of all persons, just Knowing the Lord
and following after Him alone!

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates
day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which
yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

1 comment:

  1. I am truly amazed at how you have grown in the Lord and by your tenacity to keep hanging in there and leaning on God who provides for us. He owns it all we are just stewards. Motherhood is a special blessing and you put your family first. Someday, in God's good timing, if it is will, He will open another door, perhaps to continue your dance ministry without having to give baby Josh to a babysitter. He is not always earlier in meeting our needs, but...He is always on time. This is a very nice and informative post Nichole Marie.

    Much Love,
    Mom and Dad