I cook from scratch, garden, can, raise our own beef, and hang my clothes out on a line. I do my best to stretch our dollars. But there are times when I go through our budget and my gut begins to churn. How can I possibly cover all the things we need and still have some money in savings?
We’ve set a weekly budget so we don’t overspend, something we’ve been doing these past few months due to some unexpected bills. We don’t carry credit card debt. I pay off our card in full every month and use the reward points. Last week I was tempted to let some of the balance ride.
This month we have to buy hay for our cattle. We’re spending our yearly vacation camping, but we’d like to take the kids to the fair for the day. All the little things add up Friday night and exploded into a jaw clenching fight with my husband.
Until God asked me something. “If you trust Me with your soul, why aren’t you trusting Me with your finances?”
I ask God to protect my family, turn to Him with my children, my health, but I have a hard time giving Him my checkbook. I started tithing regularly almost two years ago. It was something between me and God. Me showing my trust and thankfulness to Him for all He’d given us.
I thought of borrowing against my tithing check this week. Shorting God is not an option. I wrote the check for the full amount.
But it’s more than writing a check to God. It’s fully trusting Him. In the middle of the night, when an unexpected bill pops up, it’s trusting that He’s got me in His hands.
‘And everything that does not come from faith is sin. Romans 14:23
When I worry, it is sin.
I know worrying doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make my situation better. In fact, it makes it worse.
But I didn’t truly realize it was a sin.
It is. The next time I catch myself worrying, I’m reminded this means I’m telling God He isn’t big enough for my troubles.
Worry is an insult to our heavenly Father.
I answered Him back, “I’m sorry, Lord. I lay our money in your Hands. Please take this burden from me and help me to glorify you with my thoughts. You are big enough to handle my finances, even when I don’t see it, I will believe it.”
How do you keep from worrying? What are some of your best money managing tips? How have you seen God come to your rescue in a time of need?
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