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Money Does Not Have Wings

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"Who wants to go to a restaurant? Raise your hand.", says Gabriel, my 5 year old.  My Hubby and I look at each other, laugh and leave our hands down."
Me, "Gabe, sweetie, we can go on Friday when Mommy and Daddy get paid.  We have to wait."
Gabe, "But why?"
Me, warming up my best Dave Ramsey live-within-your-means speech "Well, we have to only spend the money for things we need right now.  Going to a restaurant is a treat, which is a want, not a need.  We have to wait until pay day to do that."
Gabe, "I NEED to get chickies.  I don't WANT to eat at home."
Me, "Gabe every month Mommy and Daddy have to decide what to do with the money that we get from our pay that is called a budget.  We have to divide it up between some spending money, some saving money, and some giving to God money."
Gabe, very exasperated, "Mommy, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT????  Money doesn't have wings.  It can't fly up to heaven!"…

Changing Mental Channels

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Woke up a bit jangled and negative today.  As my feet walked down the wide trail of negativity to the mud puddle of anger, a whisper came in my heart...

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." (Isaiah 26:3 NIV)
My eyes turned up.  "Okay, okay, okay." I knew that I needed to change the mental channel; so I found three of my favorite worship songs, turned them up loud and sang along.

Sing a Song by Third Day
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman
Your Great Name by Natalie Grant

As I listened to the songs and watched the videos, my senses were overwhelmed. The music flooded my ears.  The beautiful landscape scenes inundated my eyes with God's creation.  The words of scripture crashed over my weary soul.
Joy blossomed in my heart when I closed my eyes and surrendered to the song.  My tongue trumpeted gratitude as I continued to sing.  My confidence, positivity, and peace returned as I remembered WHO really is in control …

Going for the Gold

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Personally, I understand what it is to feel hard pressed on every side financially, a bunch of other ways.  But lately, finances are crushing me, making me lose sleep, grinding my bones into ash.  So for those who may be like me looking for a break,  this is my prayer ... For the businessman who has employees to take care of, the pressure is exponential. For a single mom trying to make ends meet.  For the family who just had the bread-winner laid off.  For the recent college grad with more debt than prospects
Lord, here in tobacco country, the word 'to prize' actually means 'to press'. We use this term when we pack the tobacco tightly into a large bin in order to bring it market which brings in the gold or a financial gain (i.e., a blessing).
Your word tells us that you prize us. You love us. We are your own. Interestingly enough, at times you place pressure on us (prize us) to reveal our character. The question for us is, what will we do under this pressure? What wil…