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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!

Frog

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.

greatness

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!

 

Take Heed: The Christian Message Janay Palmer-Rice Showed Me

I have been thinking about this for awhile and as I read parts of the Book of Jeremiah this morning, I was inspired to share.

the Book of Jeremiah

By now, everyone has probably heard and seen the video of Janay Palmer-Rice and former Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice. I, apparently, was one of the few who had never heard of Ray Rice prior to his knockout blow. It would not have altered my reaction if I had.

In the days and weeks that followed, I listened to views “for and against” her side, his side, the NFL’s side, the team’s side, the hotel’s side, the legal side…. There are so many sides! I listened to the couple’s words, Mrs. Rice’s in particular, and took away a profound lesson.

You know, as Christians I commonly hear us say, “Lord, use me.” When I was younger, I did not fully understand what this request could mean. Even now, while in the midst of being used by God it is easy to forget that we asked to be used. There was a time when I thought that there would be no difficult days, no struggle, no storms while I was being used. “How could there be,” I would think. The Lord is with me.

Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends you to tell us. Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God.” (Jeremiah 42:5-6)

Then one day, you receive a Word that you do not like or find yourself in a situation where you feel as if the intentions of those around you are (as described by Mrs. Rice) “to hurt [you], embarrass [you], make [you] feel alone, [and] take all [your] happiness away” and you are tempted to tell God “never mind”. Let’s be honest, most people want to live an easy life—professed Christians included. Everybody will not understand “living in exile for 70 years and then you will become prosperous”, but will recite to you Jeremiah 29:11.

I am at the point in life where I know I do not understand all of God’s ways. I believe though that if I am doing what He has directed me to do, then I will be protected and blessed no matter how it may look to you. The Rice’s public domestic violence situation has led to a significant increase in calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. What if at some point Janay Palmer Rice asked the Lord to use her and He took her situation and did so in this way? What if this exposure was seen by someone 2000 miles away who could relate to her? What if that person was sitting in front of a laptop debating suicide, but called the National Domestic Violence Hotline instead? What if such person had only learned of the Hotline because it was trending on social media? What if that person is safe tonight?

NOTE: If you or anyone you know is in a domestic violence situation, you may call 1-800-799-7233 or visit their website at National Domestic Violence website

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