Gratitude Day 129 – God is So Good  

Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

2 Chronicles 5:13 – The trumpeters and singers joined together to praise and thank the Lord as one. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, they began to sing, praising the Lord: Yes, God is good! Yes, God’s faithful love lasts forever! Then a cloud filled the Lord’s temple.

Looking for a great way to start your Monday morning? This week?

Click on this music video. Turn up the speaker on your computer or phone or whatever device you are at. And just listen.

For this time of worship at the beginning of another busy week, I am thankful.

God, You are so good. Help me remember this every day, all week long. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 128 – What I Learned in September

Sun., Sept. 30, 2018

Proverbs 24:32 – I observed this and took it to heart; I saw it and learned a lesson.september

Fall is definitely arrived. With the threat of frost in the forecast, on Friday night, I covered the flowers on our front porch, wanting to stretch their season a little longer. As I sat at my laptop on Saturday morning, it was chilly in the house. We hadn’t turned on the furnace because we were waiting for the broiler to be inspected next week.

 

As I looked at the calendar, I saw is the last weekend of September. Where did the month go? Where did the summer go?

Today, I am sharing lessons I’ve discovered, or maybe re-learned, in the last month. What lessons my middle-aged self continues to see.

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  • It’s important to stop our regularly scheduled lives and find time for God. I took a few days and spent in Northern Wisconsin at my friend Pam’s cabin. All by myself. This is not the first time I have done this. It has been a couple years since I last built this time into my calendar. My expectations of what I will “accomplish” during this time are always unrealistic. By day two, I’m reminded that the most important accomplishment is to pray, read and listen. I try to do these things in my daily life. But it’s a different rhythm when this happens in a different spot; one where you’ve previously been able to do this with God. Rick and I didn’t take a vacation this summer. We chose to participate in a youth mission trip with our grandsons instead. And we’ll gladly make this choice again. The time at the cabin allowed for me to get my heart in a right spot.

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  • May we remember the sanctity of marriage. During September, I officiated at two weddings and helped plan a bridal shower. These are wonderful and great events. When I’m part of a wedding, I encourage couples to remember that the marriage is far more important than the wedding. The two are very different. Choosing our life partner is such a big decision. I feel it’s the second most important decision in our lives; after whether we choose to have God in our lives. Choosing to make a life-long commitment to this person is an equally daunting decision. I pray we encourage couples to see these decisions as lifelong ones that they never stop working at. Yes, divorce happens. I would not be married to Hubby Rick had he not been divorced at one time. What I appreciate in Rick is that we never contemplate our marriage ending. It isn’t discussed. We decided 18+ years ago that we would make our marriage work … and we continue to do so.

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  • “Remodeling” is part of our lives. Hubby Rick and I are in the midst of a major overhaul of a significant part of the upstairs of our 110+-year-old house. We started this summer and it will be awhile before it is completed. Honestly, Rick has spent more time on the remodeling project than I have. I’m still trying to make my way through the boxes and totes and boxes of things from my Mom’s. This is my “remodeling” project: finish sorting and dealing with these things. We knew this project would take a while. We had an initial goal that we will not make. And we are completely OK with this. Yes, we could hire the work to be done in six weeks. But we won’t. I think “remodeling” has become a metaphor for other parts of our lives. There’s another blog about this topic brewing.

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  • Little remodeling wins feel good. In light of the larger remodeling project, we decided a quick remodeling of one existing bathroom would be sufficient. It’s a tiny bathroom. I do not like the existing tile. Two different colors and they don’t match. Rather than tearing another bathroom apart, for about $100, I updated this bathroom. I found a paint color that compliments both tiles and spent a Saturday painting the bathroom. With a new shower curtain, new towels (the previous towels were easily middle school-aged) and some different wall art, it looks completely different! I did buy one piece of art. The other pieces, I shopped my house and found items that I wasn’t using. I’m looking forward to a new master on suite in the future. Yet, the little updates in this bathroom are a breath of fresh air and so worth it. Maybe I’ll show some more pictures of this soon.
  • I enjoy mentoring at the school. Last year, I signed-up to be a mentor. For one hour a week, I hung out with Isaac. Sometimes, we worked on homework. Other times, we played a game. We chatted. We laughed. At the end of the school year, I was surprised how Isaac reacted. He was concerned he would not see me again. He said he would miss not seeing me every week. From a 4th grader? I know; shocking. It was arranged for me to mentor Isaac again this year. This past week, we had our first session. He was outside of his classroom door waiting for me with a notebook and a game in his arms. He would have hugged me had his arms not been so full. The next hour flew by. We worked on a personal narrative he was writing and had a few minutes for a game. Multiple times, he told me he was so excited that I am his mentor. He called me one of the nicest people he has ever met. Seriously? Wow. I know there are times when Isaac struggles in life. If our time together is any small way I can encourage him, this one-hour appointment maybe one of the most important hour of my week.

My purpose in sharing a few of my learnings from September is a way to encourage you to think about what you’ve learned in the last month. Pull out your calendar. Think about the moments that have been most meaningful for you. What have you learned about yourself? What lessons are you taking to heart?

For times of reflection and growth, I am thankful.

Lord God – thank you for continuing to remodel my life. May I see areas where I have opportunities to grow and remake and update … and in consultation with you, dig deep and explore how I can become more like the person you desire for me to be. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 127 – Blessing Others

Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Ruth 2:4 – Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem. He said to the harvesters, “May the Lord be with you.” And they said to him, “May the Lord bless you.”

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I love being able to bless other people. It’s one of my favorite things to do. This is one reason why I’ve become involved in a program called Blessings in a Backpack.

This is a program which helps provide weekend food to school students who might not otherwise have enough food. Our local Blessings program works with our local school district to provide this food to students who would be blessed in having this food. In our local program we provide 10 items of food a week: 2 breakfast, 2 meal items and 6 snack items.

It is amazing to watch this program work. The majority of the food is purchased through our local grocery story, who works with our program to provide the food at the most reasonable price possible. Volunteers order the food, pick-up the food, pack the food and deliver the food to the schools. Our volunteer leadership team coordinates the volunteers, finances, connection with the school, administrative roles and marketing promotion.

This past week was National Blessings in a Backpack. Here are the volunteers and owner of the local grocery store who packed the food bags that were delivered to the school on Friday.

Why do I choose to be involved in this program? Because it is providing food to students. I feel making sure every student in our school district has adequate food is my responsibility and my opportunity. Some of you may feel this is not your calling or responsibility. Yet, I feel we all have the opportunity influence kids in our community. This is one way that I choose to be involved. I envision every time a student receives a food bag they feel blessed and cared for.

Maybe being part of a local Blessings program is not feasible for you. I challenge you to become creative and discover a special way that you can support school-aged you in your community:

  • Mentor or tutor student(s) in your local school district.
  • Help cover the cost of lunches for students who many not have funds to do this
  • Provide funds for a student’s lunch break
  • Listen to students read
  • Help a student with homework on a regular basis
  • Volunteer to help with recess
  • Be a volunteer assistance in a classroom or homeroom regularly
  • Ask at your school or library how you could support local kids
  • Pray for the school, administration, students, teachers and all staff.

Whether you have school-aged kids or not, we have unique opportunities to be a part of the kid’s lives within our community. This is how we shared important things from generation to generation.

No matter your age, physical abilities or other commitments, I pray you find a way to support kids within your community.

For the ability to bless school-aged students, I am thankful.

Almighty God – thank you for the opportunities that we come along to bless others. I pray we seize the opportunities to give your love, grace and peace into other’s lives. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 126 – Stringers of Annoyance

Fri., Sept. 28, 2018

Psalm 32:5 – So I admitted my sin to you; I didn’t conceal my guilt. “I’ll confess my sins to the Lord,” is what I said. Then you removed the guilt of my sin.

It was a 30-second project that went array.

Ever have those?

Fall has arrived in Wisconsin. For the last week, we’ve had an extra blanket floating on top of the bed. I know, some blankets look really cute on top of the bed. However, this blanket is old enough to vote. Hubby Rick and I received it as a wedding present … 18 years ago. It’s not really a member of the “cute” category anymore.

But it works as a blanket.

I love a cotton blanket. 100% cotton. It’s just what I prefer. And this one is all cotton.

Even if it isn’t really cute anymore, it still works in the “warm” and “effective” categories.

My intention was to take off the top quilt and actually put the blanket on the bed with the sheets and other blankets. A 30-second job, right?

Wrong.

20180927_092007The weave on this blanket looks kind of like a basket. What happens is these random strings become stragglers and get bunched across the blanket. Are they a big deal? No. But my Type A personality just can’t quite let them hang around on the blanket.

So, I start pulling them off the blanket. I know … someday, this means the blanket will begin to disappear. But when a blanket is old enough to vote, I think it’s earned it’s keep.

It’s not a big project or a demanding one. It’s really more of an annoying little project that takes time.

But as I pulled each strangling string off the blanket, it becomes this little self-revelation time for me.

I think about the person who I said something to that might have annoyed them.

I recall the situation in which I was more hurtful than helpful.

I realize that I promised to contact someone and haven’t followed through with it.

Big things? On a scale of 1 to 10, no. But little annoying things? You bet.

No different than the little annoying strings on the blanket.

Little things that I could have so easily changed, realigned or approached differently.

As I finished pulling the strings, I saw the rolled-up ball of strings in my fist. Once again, I am faced the reality that when I do one or two small but annoying or distracting things, it may not seem like a lot. Until they get bunched together. Roll them together and wow. It can become a whole bunch of yuck.

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On most days, I focus on the positive things that I do. How I am trying to add value to life than be a detractor. This is good and important. But some days, it’s OK to realize we need to acknowledge our less-than-stellar moments. It’s impossible to grow and move into living more as God would love for us to life if we only continually cheer ourselves up with all the positives and continue to gloss over and hide our “opportunities for improvement.”

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The whole process wasn’t terribly time consuming. Yet, it gave me moments to reflect upon where I can step up my game. Where I might need to be more humble. Reflect upon really trying to treat others more like how I want to be treated.

The blanket is now covered up by the beautiful quilt my sister made for me. The remaining stringers are covered up and out of sight. But … they are still there. Just like the shortcomings in my life. Why is it easier to hide them than expose them?

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Wanting just a little pretty in my life and bedroom, I walked out to the garden and cut some of the beautiful zinnias still blooming. We might have frost Friday night. Why not bring some of their beauty into the house for a few more days?

Even when we let others down, even when we let ourselves down and even when we let God down, there is still beauty in our lives. Let’s not forget the annoying stringers in our lives … as well as the beautiful zinnias.

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For small opportunities to change and see beauty, I am thankful.

Lord God – thanks for being patient with me when I have moments which are less than stellar. Thanks for not giving up on me and overlooking the balls on poor behavior that accumulate in our lives. Thanks for always seeing the beauty in me, even when it may take a little unearthing to discover. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 128 – Undo

Wed., Sept. 26, 2018

Isaiah 43:13 – From the dawn of time, I am the one. No one can escape my power. I act, and who can undo it?

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When typing on the keyboard of my laptop, I am a fanatic about using keyboard shortcuts. Some examples:

Control and the letter C: copy

Control and the letter P: paste (Oh, I just used it! I copied the previous sentence and just changed the C to a P!)

Control and the letter S: save

Control and the letter B: bold

Control and the letter I: italic

 

My favorite keyboard shortcut of all time? (Drumroll please …)

Control and the letter Z: undo

When you use this shortcut, it undoes the last action you typed in. Depending on the program, you can often actually Control Z multiple times. So, if there was something you did and it was a few keystrokes ago, just Control Z until that action is reversed. It’s undone!

Control Z is a very wonderful thing. I use it ALL. THE. TIME. It truly is my favorite keyboard shortcut.

When I do something that I didn’t really want to do, I just Control Z.

I think I like something a certain way, but I change my mind. I like an earlier version. No problem! Control Z to the rescue!

I made a change, but I can’t remember what it was? I can find that change, super quick. Control Z until it changes.

I want to switch between two options and see which one I prefer? Control Z, undo, back and forth until I decide.

I like Control Z so much that I want to have it outside of the keyboard. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could Control Z things in real life? I mean, like undo something we’ve already done?

Like, when we say something and quickly regret what we said. Oh, how I wish I could Control Z those situations.

Or, we think we’re doing the right thing, only to discover later, it wasn’t the right choice. Upon further reflection, we discover another action would have been more helpful. Why can’t Control Z come to the rescue?

I ate too much. No problem! Control Z!

I realize my actions weren’t very helpful. Who wouldn’t like to Control Z and in just a few strokes, undo those ill-fated steps.

Imagine who wonderful your life could be if there just was a Control Z.

The ability to undo and change and double-check and make a choice between two options … all with Control Z.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to keep dreaming about this. I am not aware of any such great real-life way to undo anything as simply as on my keyboard.

In reality, there is a Control z in our lives. Control Z’s real name is God. When we do something silly, unhelpful or in such a way that we hurt someone, God is there to Control z the situation. Yes, sometimes, we must issue an apology. Or backpedal and undo. But before we’d have the opportunity to Control z a situation, God is already forgiving us if we just quickly ask for help. God Control z’s things ALL. DAY. LONG, whether we are aware of it or not.

How cool is that?

One other cool thing about God? No one can Control Z God, thank goodness. As often as we would LIKE to Control Z God, this is not our role. No one can undo God. We can try and try but this is not our responsibility.

Maybe the next time you’d like to Control Z something? How about instead, just ask God to Control Z it for you and see what happens.

For God’s ability to Control Z things in my life, I am thankful.

Lord God – why don’t we consult with you more often about decisions before we make them and then realizing we can’t Control Z something? Thank you for coming to our rescue at times and Control Zing something for us. Help us be patient with we want something Control Z’ed and the timing isn’t right. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 127 – Gratitude Game

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My Answers:

Person I am Thankful for: Hubby Rick

Place I am Thankful for: Our home

Food You are Thankful for: Ice Cream

Thing You are Thankful for: Readers of this blog!

Anything of Your Choice: Being a Child of God

What are your answers? Share one, two or all in the comments!

Blessings –

Dianne

Gratitude Day 126 – Fall

Mon., Sept. 24, 2018

Jeremiah 5:24 – They don’t say in their hearts, Let’s fear the Lord our God, who provides rain in autumn and spring and who assures us of a harvest in its season.

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We have officially entered the fall season!

The days are cooler, the colors slowly changing and Friday night football is a constant. Just a few thoughts about fall:

  • I brought out the tube of fall decorations and have been changing up the décor of our house and porch. Nothing fancy, nothing special. Just a few things that remind us of fall. Maybe one day, I’ll snap a few pictures.
  • Appreciate the people who grow food for everyone else. They are working hard these days. And the prices they are receiving this year are challenging. How might you support an area producer this year?

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  • Fall is also a time of the year when big pieces of equipment are moving down the road in our area. If you see them, be patient. They take up more than their share of the road. While it may seem like they should pull into the shoulder (and some do), sometimes it doesn’t make sense. Traction is more challenging. Farmers want to avoid damaging equipment on uneven surfaces. Just because you can see them does not ensure they can fully see you. Slow down, make yourself known if possible and know they are doing their best. Most importantly, stay out of their way so no one gets hurt.

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  • I like pumpkin spice in the right things; not everything. It’s not my favorite coffee or cappichino. But I love pumpkin bars and cake. It seems pumpkin spice everything is available this year!
  • Go to a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, an apple orchard. Get fun and family friendly.
  • Get outside and enjoy the days! Yes, the sun is setting sooner. You might need a jacket. Soak in all the sun you can these days. You’ll appreciate it more this winter.

It’s a great time of the year. Take it all in!

For the fall season opportunities, I am thankful.

Lord God – I pray we can appreciate this fall season. We pray for production agriculture producers and their safety these days. May we drink in all the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 125 – Worship

Fri., Sept. 20, 2018

Psalm 66:4 – All the earth worships you, sings praises to you, sings praises to your name!” Selah

As a Christian, I feel worshiping God is an important part of my spiritual journey. One way Christians worship God is by attending a worship service at a church. Yes, this is part of Hubby Rick and I’s weekly ritual. However, I also know one hour a week with God is not enough to sustain my spiritual soul until the following Sunday. This worship sustains me until, oh, about Sunday night. This isn’t God’s fault. It’s my problem. My soul needs more God-time than one hour a week.

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One way I bring worship into my daily live is in the car. Crazy as it sounds, my vehicle is a sanctuary for me. Regularly, I listen to Christian music or a favorite CD while driving. And when one of my favorite songs is playing, watch out! I sing right along! (And be thankful no one else can hear me.)

There are so many different genres of Christian music. It’s easy for people to assume their favorite style of Christian music is the “real” music that God likes. Sorry to tell you folks, I think God is far less discriminating that this. Music that sings praises to God and involves drawing people closer to God is probably more than alright with God. It’s as much about our attitude with the music as it is in the actual song itself.

 

The psalmist helped us see this. ALL earth worships God, the psalmist wrote. The singing songbird, the clanging gong, the noisy tractor can all be opportunities to worship God … as long as they help us see who God is and draws us closer to God. When I view the cockpit of my car as a sanctuary, I’m confident God rejoices in my worship.

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Where do you feel close to God? What opportunities arise in your life where you can worship God … outside of regular worship? I pray you grab these opportunities to become your sanctuary with God on a regular basis.

For worship opportunities, I am thankful.

I pray, Lord God, that you are pleased when I take moments throughout the week to worship you. May I seize the opportunities that come my way each week. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 124 – Water

Thurs., Sept. 19, 2018

Psalm 23:2b-3a- He leads me to restful waters; he keeps me alive.

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While hiking recently, I walked along the Namekegon River in Northern Wisconsin. The water was terribly peaceful, restful and so serene. Yes, the river was high but just so beautiful and calm.

When you see water like this, it’s challenging to think of the destruction that water can do. Especially recently.

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Hundreds of people living in North and South Carolina would not consider water very tranquil these days. They are in the midst of the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence. I do not know the man in this photo, what he is thinking or what he has endured. Yet, do we not get a glimpse into his world?

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In areas not too far from where we live, huge amounts of water have led to significant flooding in many small Wisconsin communities. Some of these are communities are seemingly hanging on by a thread. They have very few businesses, aging populations and lower medium incomes. Local governments are scrambling to hold things together with limited resources. How much state and federal help will be available remains very elusive.

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How many references are there of water in the Bible? Hundreds. The number varies depending on which translation is used, but there is no question water is an integral part of God’s kingdom.

Every time I perform a baptism, I am reminded of the many ways water is used scripturally: how nothing was created out of water; the great flood, the parting of the Red Sea, Jesus’ baptism. We find countless examples of where water was used destructively and constructively in the Bible.

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It is no different today. Just more poignant when we are participants and not just readers.

 

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Possibly the most well-known verse in scripture about water is found in Psalm 23: “He leads me beside still waters.” Or, in the translation I used above, “restful waters.”

Don’t we all need encounters with the restful waters of the Lord? Especially after we’ve experienced an excruciating hurricane or flood or destruction caused by water?

I wish everyone could find a few moments and walk beside a peace river or creek this week. Hear ducks skim across the water. Observe fish leap out, thinking they are the king of their little pond. Run their hands through a babbling brook. Yes, water can be very destructive, hurtful and challenging. In these times, we also need to rediscover the still, restful waters God offers to us.

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Maybe we won’t have the opportunity to hike near a quiet river like I did. Just still quietly in a well-worn chair and drink deeply a cold glass of water. Or pause a few seconds longer under the shower. Praise God for water and the stillness it can represent.

For restful and still waters, I am thankful.

When we are overwhelmed by the destruction of water, it is challenging to think we can take moments to seek You in a calm manner. I pray we find the stillness of water in our lives this day, if only for a moment. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 123 – Finances

Wed., Sept. 18, 2018

Mark 12:41-43 – Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came forward and put in two small copper coins worth a penny. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than everyone who’s been putting money in the treasury.

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Recently, a few people have asked about our financial situation. Why is this? Are they being noisy? Or is there another reason?

Since stepping back from serving two churches, my income has changed. While I have a part-time job, our disposable income has declined. Inquiries about our finances refer to whether we have made significant financial changes since we no longer have this income.

The short answer? No, we haven’t.

How is this possible? Because we developed an attitude about finances long before I stepped back from serving the churches.

I am not a financial planner. Nor is Hubby Rick. We are comfortable, but I would not classify us as rich. There are a lot of people with more resources than we have. I also know a lot of people who do not have the financial security we do. Was there a time after I stepped away from the churches when I questioned if this was a sound financial choice? Yes. When I turned back to our basic view about finances, my soul quieted.

Rick and I look at finances from a rather simplistic view. At earlier times in our lives, we both did not felt the financial security that we do now. Implementing a few guidelines have helped us move to the position we are today. Let me share these simple guidelines.

  1. Everything we have has been “loaned” to us by God. While we may say it is “our” house or car or retirement account, we believe all of our possessions are really God’s. God has entrusted us to be caretakers of them. This allows us to hold a little less tightly onto the things in our care. We want to be excellent caretakers. We are thoughtful and often consult with God before making a decision. We want to leverage things in our care for the glory and honor of God’s kingdom. If someone has a need and I have the ability to provide for this need, I share. Have there been times we have been burned? Honestly, yes. But the joy we receive from assisting someone outweighs the negative feelings when a situation doesn’t turn out well. Remembering that God has entrusted us with many resources makes us appreciate our ability to bless others with them as well.
  2. We follow a statement coined by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement: “Earn all you can, save all you can and give away all you can.” Rick and I work hard and dutifully earn our income. We manage our resources for today and the future. We have funds available for current expenses and choices. We also save for the future. One of the best financial decisions I personally made was starting to plan for retirement in my mid-20’s. Sharing with others is not an afterthought. It is expected.
  3. We give to God first. Before I was married, I discovered the joy of tithing. Yes, the joy. I began giving a percentage of my income to God first, before other expenses. My focus shifted from giving what I had “leftover” to blessing God first. Once I began tithing, the rest of my resources did not disappear as quickly. Rick and I have continued tithing. The principle of tithing encourages people to give 10% of their income back to God. For some people, 10% is impossible. For others, 10% is not enough of a challenge. I encourage people to pick a percentage and stick with it. There maybe a time when you should decrease this temporarily or increase permanently. Determine this in a discussion with God.
  1. Know the difference between a “want” and a “need.” We need a roof over our heads, vehicles to drive, food to eat and clothes to wear. Almost everything else is icing on the cake. Do Rick and I have more than our basic needs? Certainly. Is our house larger and improved beyond what we need? Without a doubt. Every time we venture into “want” choices, we try to be thoughtful. Will this “want” to be a way to leverage the resources entrusted to us for God? Do we do this perfectly all the time? Absolutely not. Yet, we try to be thoughtful.
  2. Develop financial guidelines and habits, especially if resources are tight. Often, people say they will get their finances in order when they are in a more stable situation. I felt it was imperative to be diligent when I had less, so I could maximize the few resources I had. It becomes easy to think, “When we have just a little bit more, then …” Yet, it is never quite enough. So many people spend more than 100% of their income rather than a number less than 100%. Make choices now. Let your guidelines become habits that you simply live every day.
  1. Monitor your resources. We don’t follow a budget. We follow our guidelines. Once a month, I do a quick evaluation of our finances. This provides a snapshot of our finances today, which become part of a larger historical trend we follow. I handle our finances. This means Rick is not as familiar with the day-to-day situation. I make sure Rick is aware of our financial trends over time, which drives our choices and decisions.

While I could add to the list, these are the most important financial guidelines we follow. Following them have provided us with a sense of financial security and knowledge that God is part of our financial team.

What are the most important financial guidelines that you follow? How have they influenced your choices over time?

For knowing that God provides guidance to our family financial resources, I am thankful.

It was the woman who gave everything financially she had who Jesus acknowledged and applauded. Lord God, teach our hearts to see what we have as a loan from you. May we discover ways to leverage the resources we care for, so they bring glory and honor to your kingdom. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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