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{November 24, 2016}   Happy Thanksgiving Everyone 

​Happy Thanksgiving everybody! !!
Praise the Lord I am able to celebrate today with my wonderful husband that God gave me.   So Thankful to God for loving me so much He gave His son, so I may gain enternity. I wait patiently for Christ,  my Lord, to take me home, and as I wait,  I do my best to obey Him and enjoy the people He has put in my life.  IF YOU ARE CONNECTED TO ME ON ANY OF MY ONLINE PROFILES HERE IN FACEBOOK OR ANYWHERE,  THAN YOU ARE SOMEONE GOD HAS BROUGHT TO ME AND I PRAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU TODAY AND THAT YOU WILL KNOW HIS LOVE.  EAT WELL AND BE MERRY.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 18

A Blueprint for Change???? 

"Real change and transformation occur in your life as you renew your mind to God’s way of thinking and acting.  As you plant the ‘seed’ of God’s word in your heart and water it with worship, meditation, obedience and prayer, you will bear ‘fruit’ in every area of your life." (pg 173).  I couldn’t have said it any better.  🙂

Abundance………Giving………..Faith

I hope you have enjoyed this book as much as I have.  I hope to see you in the next book.  Feel free to comment, even if you are not a friend in my friends list.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 17

This chapter includes a wonderful prayer.  It also reminds us of Matthew 16:26:

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Here is a quote from Jim Elliot, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."  We can’t keep materialistic things to include money, but we can keep our soul, when we give it over to the Lord.  When we die and we all will die, if we have a relationship with Jesus and have remained faithful to Him, we will have eternal life.  That is the MOST important thing to remember.  It is not what we have, who we are, but how we live.  Live for HIM!  Let HIS light shine, giving him all the glory for all things.

I thank Him for the good and the bad.  The bad things have taught me how to respond, how to live, and how to rely on HIM, only Him.  The good things have taught me how to enjoy, peace, happiness, and has shown me love.  The bad things have shown me HIS love.

If you are uncertain or unstable about your spiritual life as you might be about your finances, then here is a prayer to pray.  It will bring you peace with God.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for making a way for me to have a relationship with you; I realize that I am a sinner and need forgiveness, and that I am hopelessly lost without You.  Thank You for being a perfect Father; I ask you Lord Jesus, to be my Savior and my Lord.  I believe that You died for me.  I want to turn from my sins.  I repent and receive Your life in exchange for my sin.  I choose to trust and follow You as my Lord and my Savior.  I now invite You to come into my heart and life.  In Jesus name, Amen. (pg 171)

Talk with God everyday….every moment of everyday.  Read the bible as much as possible.



{January 22, 2008}   Chapter 16

This chapter had some very good testimonials of others who have applied this lesson in their life.  For me, they not only provided encouragement, but a small amount of guilt.  I learned there are three different groups.

The first who claim they can’t start a savings and continue to live from need to need.  Second, those who begin a savings only to pull it all out within a few months for one reason or another.  Then the third, those who apply and live the principle correctly and years later see the harvest.

I will confess, since my temp position ended in July, I did have to fall on my storehouse as a back up for my checking, now as I sit here with the realization that it is empty, I am broken hearted, yet not discouraged.  I can see how God is picking me back up from my fall and I know HE will help me restore that which the enemy has taken and/or that which I have failed to do.  

I want to be faithful in all things including the little things.  I want to be a good stewardship, so after you read this, please say a prayer for HIS blessings to fall on me and my household.

This lesson is not only a pure common sense fact, but it is a spiritual concept that God does command.  Deuteronomy 28



{January 11, 2008}   Chapter 15…updated
Are you a blessing?  Are you blessed?
 
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and will curse him who curses you." Genesis 12:2-3
Now this was God’s command, commanding a blessing on us.  Before I go on about the contents of this chapter, I would like to relate this verse to my personal life…..please bare with me.
 
"I will make you a great nation," hmmm, I would not say I am a great nation per say, but I do have two wonderful boys and they will produce many more and that is the bases of creating a nation.  The opposite side of this is that my children were never born or if something awful were to happen to them.  The fact is God has blessed me. 
 
"…make your name great," to my surprise, He has done this too.   I am not boasting for my glorification, but for HIS.  I look at my life and I feel as if God has made my name a name to be proud of.  Although it is my married name, it is still wonderful to know people recognize me for the good things God had done through me in my past employments, community involvements, church, and my home.  He (GOD) has taken a shy timid person and has created a bold, courageous one willing to stand up for what is right and to publicly communicate it.  I have been told that I am a blessing to others, but I would like to state for the record, it is GOD who is the true blessing using me (his vessel) to help others.
 
"I will bless those who bless you,"  I am thankful to hear about blessing bestowed upon those who have helped me whether a shoulder to cry on, financially, or other (like working in the yard, etcetera).
 
"…will curse him who curses you,"  I am thankful not to hear about this one.  I know in HIS timing He will do this, for He does state that He is our avenger, but the thought of this is frightening.  I try to be one who forgives, and ask God to help me.  To have His love, His understanding, His forgiveness.
 
Okay moving on into the chapter.  Since I last wrote about Chapter 14, I have not worried about January, it seems to be taking care of itself.  I find that when I sit to think about a budget and finances and repairs needing to be done, that is the only time I concern myself with it, I don’t consider that worry.  Worry is if I loose sleep over it or can’t stop talking about it, and I do not find myself doing that too often.  I won’t goes as far as to say never, because I am still a growing Christian, but as I apply the principles in this book those moments of worry disappear, are less and less.   God wants us to have time for our families, going to their events and games, be home to tuck them in, read to them, contribute our time to our community and churches, and to have the resources to provide for our loved one and to fulfill the dreams HE has placed within us.  Ask whether your dream is one you placed there or one God has placed there, it makes a huge difference.  It really does.
 
We need to show self-control, discipline in all areas of our lives.  One thing we have today that Abraham did not have in his day is the blood of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. (The Storehouse Principle, 2004, pg 145) is where Pastor Al Jandl and Pastor Van Crouch remind us of this fact.  Remember God wants to be in control of our lives, and money should not be in control.  Turning this part of our lives to God, will allow others to see HIM in our life more abundantly with the hopes of winning more souls to Christ, but the great thing is we will receive even more than we ever hoped for.  God is a God of his word, He wants us to be faithful stewards of all He gives us.  All He gives us, understanding, wisdom, discernment, confidence, financially, and yes, even the people who come into our life.  All parts of our life belong to him, even those quiet alone times. 
 
Don’t forget to start applying the lessons we have learned. 
Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. Exodus 23:30
Allow God to use you to bless others, he will bless you in return.  As long as your heart and intent is right and you are not looking for self glorification and are willing to allow HIM to be the one to take the glory.  Lay your life down, as I always state, "it is not my way, but HIS way…it is not my life, but His life."
 
Quoted from page 149:
Whoever loves money never has money enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income
 
As goods increase, so do those who consume them.
And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?
 
The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.  (This is my favorite.)
See you in Chapter 16. 😀
 


{January 1, 2008}   Chapter 14

You know, I have a confession to make.   I have never been much of a writer or reader, but for some reason I feel compelled to blog my thoughts on this book and the next book on the list.  I do not know if anyone is reading these blogs, but I will be faithful and write what I have in my heart about the matter.

The Storehouse Principle is more of a way of thinking, a ‘Storehouse Mentality.’  God calls us to show diligence in everything to include our money.  God does not call us to be lazy.  He wants us to remain faithful and patient to inherit what has been promised.  I believe you will find this in Hebrews 6:11-12.

This chapter is a recap on how we all need to be faithful in the little things.  This chapter discusses how Pastor Al is faithful in picking up pennies.  When questioned about it, he reminds us all about Sam Walton, the founder and owner of Wal-Mart.  Most of you business college students know how he changed the industry in how we market merchandise and chain stores.  Anyway, Pastor Al informs his readers of how Sam is known for picking up all small coins.  I found comfort in this, because I tend to do this.  I fail in the area of depositing them though.  I normally buy a soda or pass them to my child, who now tends to give more in offering then I could expect him to at his age.  Anyway, why allow money to become barred  into the earth?  It does no good there, now does it?  Actually, the story behind Pastor Al’s reasoning is as follows. He states, "He that is faithful in least will be faithful in much."  It is about being faithful in little things.  Now days time spent saving money makes more in the long run than time spent earning the same amount of money.  Financial peace is not in the amount of money we earn….it is the money you keep that counts, the money we build. 

I liked reading this, "The difference between success and failure is often in the diligence in handling the small details." (page 131).  I think of my new job.  I have been there now one day shy of three months, and God has used me and the skills HE has given me to help straighten and clean things up that needed to be, and my new boss and the board members all make me feel important.  It is amazing how God takes me to a place that I would not think of going and it turns out to be a wonderful place to work.  I am somewhat concerned about the financial lacking, but God has been faithful to ensure the bills get paid and food is on the table, and yes clothes for my son.  I would like to live without a  tight budget, not to worry about something that may come up unexpectedly, and to be in a position to help someone in need. 

Oh yeah, guess what. About 1 1/2 months or so ago, the youth pastor mentioned a youth in need of help in the area of camp fees for d-camp, a camp for discipleship training.  I do not know why, but I felt as if the Holy Spirit prompted me to give the entire amount.  This was not difficult at the time, I rose to my feet, walked to my car, wrote the check putting it into my pocket.  I walked back into the service and sat as if I were in a daze listening to every word being said.  Afterwards, I walked up to the youth pastor, handed him a check, smiled at him not looking him in the eye, not paying any attention to what was being said at this point, turning around and walked off.  The next day I felt as if it were a dream, but I could tell it was not when I looked into my checkbook.  DO you know something, I did not struggle that month or the next month that followed.  Today, I am somewhat concerned about January, but again, I will remain focused on him. 

I woke up this second day of 2008 and realized I should elaborate a little.  Some of you are thinking that I might have gotten help via some government agency or my church.  The answer is NO, I have not.  No I have not asked my family either.  To be VERY honest here, I have just been watching how I spend the little money I have.  Yes, I have spent some foolishly, but I am human.  Foolishly how?  Eating out, when perhaps eating at home would have been the better choice.  Buying things not necessary, but again I am human.  Using extra gasoline out gallivanting around when not necessary.  I guess these are the reasons I am somewhat concerned about January.  Overall, I personally am very shocked, yet thankful in how God is helping me.  Even with the financial lacking, I have financial peace. 

We only have 4 more chapters in this book.  I will do my best in completing them promptly, if for no other reason, to be faithful. 🙂

Happy New Year………Best Wishes………In all you do, do it with the Lord.!!!



{December 27, 2007}   My End of The Year Goal

Tonight, Dec 26, 1007, well actually it is the morning of Dec 27, 1:54 am as I sit here and recollect on my future.  I realize I have neglected the one thing I have always thought to be important, retirement.  It is all of life’s unexpected events that come in and destroy and ruin the plan or purpose behind the planning.  I stayed up late making a new plan, one that does not include my husband rather ex-husband.  My goal of paying off two small credit cards has now passed, and I failed.  One actually would have been paid off if my ex would have paid $174 as the Judge ordered him to do so.  Excuses, excuses from both him and my old attorney.  I thought about this, contemplated sending him a new copy of the statement back in June of this year, but considering the last few attempts at that time using certified mail failed, I didn’t want to waste money sending it again.  I prayed about it, coming to the conclusion to forgive the debt as scriptures say to do, not wanting to continue to stir the pot.  To my surprise my Ex stirs up a new pot the later part of July.  I ended up using that credit card for different things, and now I find myself with a balance of $280.  Uuuuaahh! My second card has a little more then that, approximately $630, I think.  Although I failed at meeting my goal, I don’t feel as if I am a failure.  Considering all that has come across my path, I see how God has blessed me in all areas of my life including financially.  I may not be wealthy as some might consider wealth, but I am wealthy in my relationship with Christ.   That my friend is the utmost important thing, all else is insubstantial.

I am still working on Chapter 14….sorry for the delay.



{November 5, 2007}   Chapter 13

Which would make you happy?

Living the lifestyle you have right now, with a million dollars in the bank; or having a million dollars worth of stuff and nothing in the bank?

Living within your means will bring peace and satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. As we prepare the future for not only ourselves, but our future generations, we come to a point where action is necessary. Action in planning, organizing, and implementing the action required to carry out decision made from those times of planning and organizing. Even God calls us to manage, plan, and organize our lives. Luke 14: 28-30 (NKJV) says:

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first sand count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it, lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’”

There are so many who end up in the endless cycle of debt, why? To please whom? Are they ever really pleased? No. In fact they grow weary and end up in despair, some ending in suicide others ending up bitter and unhappy. All to meet a need momentarily, they see something new and think, “I must have it. It is so cool.” In reality something that would cost them, oh lets say for example, $100 would end up actually cost them $165 or more depending on their finance charge and how many months it was actually an occurring balance.

Those that have money, you couldn’t tell by looking at them. They are frugal with their money. Frugal meaning to use sparingly, saving, not to waste. I believe this chapter mentions how the millionaire maintains his investments as a hobby. They are careful planners, budgeters, and investors.

Proverbs 20:21 (NIV) states an inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. Meaning that if you don’t work hard to have it, you won’t take care of it and it will be gone just as fast as you acquired it. As it is said in Proverbs 13:11 (AMP): Wealth won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase his riches.

“Won in haste” not earned. God’s word says we must work, not be lazy. As Pastor Crouch says, “In other words, most of America’s wealthy did not get rich overnight, but built their wealth over the years.”

We must have pure hearts before we can hope to handle money. Stewardship requires putting God first in all things. We must have the will to be content.  In doing so, we find ourselves happy with what we have right now. If we trust in God, in His leading, and wait patiently for His timing then God can multiply what we have so that we will be a blessing not only to our families, but also to our church, our community, the our nation, and the world.



{November 1, 2007}   Chapter 12

Has your upkeep become your downfall?

Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1Timothy6:6

In this chapter Pastor Van Crouch reminds us of how the bible does in fact state how much we are to give back to HIM (the church), 10%.  As for our storehouse, the bible does not state how much.  You can put a $1 in or higher.  You could use a percentage of some kind less or equal to or even greater then the 10%.  One thing I miss-understood in the early part of the book was how the storehouse compared to the 10% tithe.  I didn’t worry about it nor do I feel guilty about it, God had not shown me the error in my thinking until this chapter.  Although, I have asked Him to forgive me, I know He does not hold it against me, but basically the storehouse is second to the tithe portion. 

In a way I am glad I did not know otherwise.  It was because of HIS teaching, and HIS message given to me via these two authors and this book that has prepared and provided for me during the last three months.  Although, I have even less now that I have returned to work, I ensure my tithe is given with a grateful, loving heart.  To be honest, since I have returned to work, I have not put a dime into my storehouse.  That is no excuse, and I will begin to replenish my storehouse starting now.

This chapter opens our mind to consider all the things in our life that require our money and time.  The effort and time we give to work is important and should not steal from our love ones.  Another words, do not let our salaried jobs consume 60 or more hours.  If you get paid for 40 to 50 hours then put it in, but do not do more then necessary.  Especially if it steals quality time in your relationship with HIM.

If we give faithfully, even when we do not have it to give, He will give us the wisdom on how to manage what is left.  To correct our attitudes regarding money and material items.  Strengthening our self-control in our spending.  Most of all, patience to make the money work more efficiently by stretching it and doing more with it.

I could state some of the statistics, but I believe that Pastor Van Crouch does a nice job on page 112 & 113, I will let you read it.

God does not mind if we have new things or nice things, He wants us to acquire it on a cash not credit basis.  Do more with less.  Hmmm… that was the military motto when I worked on the Altus AFB.   We must save for the future and have the storehouse mentality, "Only Pay Cash."



{October 29, 2007}   Chapter 11

Temptation and a Snare

I read this chapter a few weeks ago, but I didn’t feel prompted to blog on it until now.  I must say chapter 10 was a doozy, considering my situation with finding a job that will make ends meet.  Thankfully, I did not have a choice in which job to take.  I had two positions offered in one morning.  One was a temp fill-in as a substitute teacher.  I did enjoy the one day, but there was no guarantee of more days to come.  This job would have been ideal considering my youngest son attends school there.  There was a math teacher’s position open, but I didn’t major in education or teaching and did not have my certification, so I was wise enough to know my limits and did not pursue it.  I was offered a second position starting the very next day after my one day as a substitute teacher.  God is good.  This one, I have today.  It does not pay nearly the amount I need to make ends meet, but so far the ends are meeting.  Thanks to God.

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:9-10

I re-read this chapter today on my lunch hour.  I learned the meaning of a Greek word "phileo" which is "to love" and the Greek word "arguros" which is "silver."  When used together as "philarguria" it means "the love of silver" or better known as "the love of money." 

I tell you what, as a Christian, this chapter and the previous chapter will make you think.  Think hard about the simplest things.  Things the world has instilled in us as being okay.  Example, buying a car.  Growing up, I was told, "when you can drive and earn your own money, you can buy a car."  There are parents who tell their kids, "if you earn half, we will pay the other half."  My parents did not say that, but I can’t blame them.  Their first batch of kids were twins.  LOL.  My family, at the time of my teen years, we were not poor, but we were not overly wealthy either.  My parents basically stated that when I could make my own payments, then I could buy a car.  I was 16 when I bought my first car.  I never thought twice about it, until now, after this chapter.  In my life time, I have managed to pay off a car.  After a few months of owing nothing, I sold it to raise enough money to move back to Oklahoma.  I was separated from my husband, who is now my ex, but anyway I did what I had to.

Back to this chapter, 1 Timothy 3:1-5 talks about how we will become lovers of ourselves and how some have the form of Godliness, but deny the power and turn away.  Oh how I pray everyday for HIS light to not only dwell in me, but to shine through to others.  That they will see more of HIM and less of me.  I know there are times I fail at this.  There are times I am tempted in different ways.  Staying obedient and true to GOD’s word and HIS commands can be very difficult, especially undergoing persecution and torment.  As for the love of money, well I do not have a second income, and I don’t think it is right to date someone for support.  I guess you could say that is another reason I have not started dating.  I feel I should be on my own two feet before I consider a date with anyone.  Anyway, Chapter 11 is a continued discussion about the entrapment of money.  I have never been one to live trying to keep up with the Jones’ so to speak, nor do I feel the need to have every new gadget or thing.  Yes, I like having nice things, but as this chapter discusses, putting things on credit proves to have a "love for materialistic thing."  I like to have nice things, but would rather purchase things off hand instead of buying on credit.  Therefore I consider myself not one to be caught up in this entrapment.  

Then I read the part about mortgaging off the family’s future.  The home I live in is mortgaged.  That is how my ex-husband and I purchased it via a mortgage.  Now that I have read this chapter, I consider the possibility of doing wrong.  We should have purchased the home rather then buy on credit.  A mortgage is a form of credit.  Even my car and my college loans are credit.  Gee whiz, was this possible, not at the time.  I don’t have that kind of money in savings.  What do I do now?  It would be silly to move out.  Renting an apartment is just as expensive these days.  Perhaps one day, I can pay off the home, the car, and the outstanding debt, to remain debt free.  If God will bless me in this area, I would try my best to be more obedient now that HE has taught me this valuable lesson via this chapter.  I know God’s intention for his children is to live without being in debt anyone. 

I ask myself is it wrong to want a better job, there is nothing wrong with my current job, it just doesn’t pay enough.  According to this chapter, this is wrong, only if gaining this new job I have to lie, cheat, or steal to get there.  It never pays to step on anyone in climbing the ladder of success. I believe that is also stated in this chapter, but it is a pretty common phrase, but it is so true.  One might thing it is okay to put another person down, or to shame another person, but life is funny in how those things can return to the individual acting in such a way, paying back in return the same thing, but worse.  God is my avenger and will take care of those who do wrong to me or bring wrong into my path.  I know God knows my heart and knows that I desire to pay things accordingly, not to be a millionaire or anything.  To simply take care of of my own and to double what he gives me.  To give back to HIM according to scripture and when possible more.  I thank God and feel very blessed to be in HIS favor, I don’t want to imagine life without Him being the center.  Getting more money is not the answer, but would provide the basic needs such as clothing, food, and shelter preventing me from drowning in the processes.  Most people have family who can help in these times of need, I do not.  My church can not help.  I have asked my pastor, once over a year ago, he helped me out by giving me a $100 for electric via the church, and I have paid the church back.  I have did ask again only to be told the church didn’t have it.  There are a few at church who know my needs and well God has chosen not to provide that way.   I hold no harm towards them or the church.  In fact, I have found a stronger friendship with them and have gotten more involved in my church.  I know God will come through for me, as long as I remain obedient and seek after him.

Based on how this chapter and the previous chapter describe "the love of money" or "the love of materialistic things" I can see how these things are a tool the enemy uses to lead Christians into sin.  I can honestly say, I do not have a love for money or materialistic things and pray God guards my heart.



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