Pull up a cup of coffee or tea and let’s sit awhile. Time for a wee heart to heart and I want everyone to be comfortable.
We’re going to talk about money.
*insert groan here*
A couple weeks ago, in my church women’s group, we were talking about areas of our heart where we’re having trouble submitting to God. The first thing that sprang to my mind was money.
I’m going to take you back to the beginning of this year where I found a church home and made a commitment to it. It wasn’t long before God started to talk to my heart about tithing.
“Oh no!” I cried out, “I can’t. My mom (who handles our household finances) wouldn’t agree and I just…can’t, God.”
Of course, God, being a gentle and good Father, said, “Let’s take your faith one step at a time. Commit to what you have faith for.” I thought up an amount and felt an agreement with God in my heart. Luckily, my church has a wonderful app that allows me to set up automatic giving. It comes right out of my pay whenever I get paid and I don’t even have to think about it. I had reservations about what my mom might think but she’s said nothing. I take it as a sign of respecting my decision.
Since then, I’ve gotten a raise AND a promotion! The raise I knew was coming because I’d been working hard; the promotion took me totally by surprise.
Yet still, anytime my mom would start to talk with me about our household finances, I would clench up. I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to talk about it.
Recently, as I’ve been drawing nearer to God and really seeking him as a wife would seek her husband (come back next week to hear about that!), God has dealt with me. Any blow up towards my mother over money was nothing short than a lack of faith, which God told me was a sin. Why a sin? Because lack of faith means I’m putting my trust in worry and anxiety and lack.
Yesterday, I had some awesome time with Jesus and He impressed on me once again to stand in faith where money is concerned. He said:
“Are you a daughter of the king?”
“Yes,” I replied, shocked that He would ask me such a question.
“And what kind of king is your father?” He asked, sternly.
“The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is my father,” I replied again.
“Then you’re a Heavenly princess, are you not?”
“Why, yes,” I said, thoughtfully. “I am.”
“Good, because daughters of kings don’t ever worry about money,” He instructed. “Therefore, the daughter of the Most High King of the Universe should not worry about money.”
I cried in joy as this quickly and finally became heart knowledge! But the enemy was quick to put this to test. A mishap in our finances happened. However, for the first time instead of panicking, I had perfect peace. I knew my mother was upset and afraid to talk with me about it so I began to pray for her peace. And then, as a wife goes to her husband, I went to Jesus and asked Him to take care of it.
I quickly received two emails from my mom saying both situations had been taken care of. PRAISE GOD! And even better, I had a short conversation with my mom telling her when I come back from a much-needed visit with my sister, we’re both going to start managing our finances together. No more fear. No more worry. No more putting it all on her.
I also found out that my older daughter got accepted to a University (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to be exact!) and again, I have perfect peace over how that will be paid for, even though I don’t see how and I don’t have the money. I’m choosing to walk in faith. After all, princesses always have everything they need.
Yet even as I write that, God is commenting here: Princesses don’t just always have their needs met, they have their wants met, too!
So, I encourage you today. Don’t be afraid. Even if all you have is $5 faith, it’s enough! If all you have is stone faith, then keep giving stones until you have a foundation. Increase your faith to brick faith. Then keep giving bricks until your house of faith is built. Finally, “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and THEN all THINGS (did you get that – God wants us to have THINGS) will be given (freely) to you” (Matthew 6:33). With those things, decorate your house.
Glory to God!