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Time To Build

It started as a whisper…a reocccuring remembrance of Deuteronomy 15:6:

When the Lord your God blesses you as He promised you, then you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow….

For weeks, I would be reminded of these very words.  I tried to ignore these nudges, but they only grew louder.  There was no denying that the time had come for me to consciously  get out of debt!  Why?  Well, I could list numerous reasons.  I mean really, who desires to remain in debt?  Sure, it can become comfortable—similar to walking around in circles for 40 years.  Circular walking makes me dizzy though.  I want what He has Promised!


So last year at this time, I was receiving student loan and credit card bills fully aware that I needed to PAY THEM OFF sooner than later!  I had no clue how I would do this.  Admittedly, I was not in a position where I had extra money.  (Who really has extra money though?)  Times were definitely hard and there I was being consumed by a divine  pressing that I could not disregard.  Have you ever been there?  Maybe it was not with your finances, but in any area of your life???  Have you ever felt God telling you to do something and you wanted to do it, but you did not know how?  For me, getting out of debt sooner than later would be entirely God’s work.  I would more or less be a functional spectator because it was truly outside of my control.  It really came down to me believing that God would do it if I simply followed His lead.  Once I surrendered to this belief, He revealed to me enough of the why to encourage me along the way.

Jeremiah 1.20

As I write this, I am smiling because of what happened next.  A few days after my surrender, if not the very next morning, I was watching Joyce Meyer on television.  (For those of you who may not know about the ministry God has given to her, see:  http://www.joycemeyer.org/ ) Well, I was actually listening to her because for some reason that morning I was unusually sleepy.  At the end of her broadcast, however, she announced that she was giving away a FREE book on getting out of debt.  You would have thought an alarm was blaring in my ear if you saw the way I instantly jumped out of bed.  All I had to do was email/tweet/call/contact the ministry and they would send it.  I know God did that for ME!  As I fought sleep, I did not know I was fighting to receive a blessing (but in hindsight it was clear).  I got my copy on April 30, 2015.

got FRee joyce book 4.30.15

On September 5th (2015), I paid off my credit card debt.  Today, I paid off my student loan debt.  (Thank you Joyce Meyer for allowing God to use you to bless me!)  The beginning was the hardest, but it was fun seeing the progress in both myself and in the reduced balances.  God is so awesome!  Throughout the whole process, He allowed me to treat myself (and others) regularly along the way.  He is amazing and I am in awe.


Excitedly, I am moving on to complete the next steps of the why.  It is a process.  Be encouraged!  Be obedient!  God will provide the how!  Just trust Him!  It’s time to build!


Money, Money, and More Money?

Do you work for your money or does your money work for you?

So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.  ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’  —Luke19:13                                                                                                                      (*NOTE: A mina was about three months’ wages.)

Money is a tool, an interesting tool indeed.  People will sell their souls for it.  They will allow themselves to be mistreated for it.  People will mistreat others for it.

Possessing money could mean the difference between you eating at the table and you serving those who eat at the table, all the while your stomach growls.  Isn’t it ironic how people will despise a rich man, while simultaneously push you out of the way to shake his hand?  If I could only touch the hand that touches the money, then I can go back to serving the body that has the hand that touches the money.  Serving the body that has the hand that touches the money.  Serving the body that has the hand that touches the money. YES! Serving the Body that has the hand that touches the money.

money and woman

If I could only touch the hand, the garment, the heart—that touches, handles, has an effect on—the money, then I can go back to serving the Body, of which I am an extension, that has the Hand that touches, handles, has an effect on–the money.  Ah, through the process I would maintain focus on the Body and realize that money is not the controlling factor.  It is a tool, to be used to work.  It is to be multiplied, to create an overflow.  Service through the overflow…..now that’s what I’m talking about!

Multiple Streams of Income

Very early in my professional career I learned the importance of having multiple streams of income.  It provides an avenue for more options.  That is significant, especially in this day and age when so many are unhappy and/or unsatisfied in their jobs.  Are you one of those people?

Fortunately for me, I like my job and the flexibility it provides.  I do, however, have a deep desire to pursue a vision I believe God has placed in my heart.  In doing so, I understand that I need more resources.  No doubt they will be provided, as long as I continue and allow my faith to be BIGGER than my fear.  Oftentimes, I am now finding myself routinely astonished by the various ways God allows me to meet positive and encouraging people, many of whom are searching for someone like me to invest in.  Through many of them, I am reminded how having multiple streams of income provides certain freedoms.  Money, money, money, money……makes money.  But this is the thing, at least for me and a number of the people I am meeting, the more you have means the more you can, and are willing to, give.

money and woman

Have you ever wanted to help someone or give to a cause, but could not because you did not have anything to give?  (It could have been money, energy, time, etc..)  Because you did not have it, you had no option.  Your desire to help was met with your reality of deficit. Do you believe God wants you operating in surplus?  If God wanted to increase your net worth, would you let Him?  Would you step out on faith and try something new?  Would you allow the team He sends to help you?  Would you bring others along too?

It is time for me, and maybe you, to add income streams.  Can there ever be too many?  People often stay on jobs they hate because it pays their bills.  Likewise, some (most often women) stay in marriages for the same reason.  If such people had financial options, most would let it goooooo……let it goooooo.  Then you have those like me, people consciously pursuing goals which require resources, resources that increased income bring.  God wants me to be blessed in every way. THAT, I BELIEVE.  Do you?

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