Week 2 of Navigating Your Finances God's Way ....
My first discovery this week. We don't own as much of value as I thought but what we do own I am rather possessive of (verses recognizing that all is a gift and essentially on loan from God). This week called for a completing a list of assets. I have realized that much of our debt came during the PRE ~ DVR/On Demand and electronic music days. WE have spent thousands of dollars in music CDs, videos and books - that cluttered our home and were watched, read or listened to once at best. I used to spend so much money on Amazon (mostly for those 3 types of items) that I would (legit) get a Christmas present from Amazon every year! I also realized I spent a great deal of money on toys, clothes and shoes - the majority of which was barely played with or worn. SEE A pattern here ... I KNOW I do!!
This week's lesson focused on recognizing GOD'S ownership over ours. Having attended a funeral this week, that lesson was all the more powerful when you consider all the possessions we take with us at death. That would be nothing, not even the clothes we are buried in. On a side note: While I have read we wear white or gray robes and walk streets paved in gold, I AM not so secretly hoping (since my Daddy is a King) that I attired in a fancy - yet comfy - gown with a small tiara, and cute shoes that never hurt my feet!
My favorite feature of the Navigating study is all the wonderful scripture!! Though, confession time - I was so crazy this past week -I DID not keep up with the daily assignments. Which brings me to my second favorite feature of Navigating -- it is done in a SMALL GROUP setting!! Happily one participant of our group did keep up with the reading and was invaluable in catching us all up to speed. Seeing how much MORE she gleamed from the lessons because she had faithfully spent time in God's word, has definitely motivated me to make this a higher priority this week!!
Some take-away thoughts from week 2:
SEEK first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness,
However, I choose to memorize and pray with a little more of this verse, starting with this IMPORTANT and insightful line in that verse, "CAN ANY of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan." WISE words indeed!! After our small group sharing, Kevin and I decided one of our goals is to move from worry and having anxiety over our money to a place of planning and trusting in God's providence with HIS money!
Now onto week 3 ... DEBT!!!
This week's song of encouragement:
All Rights Reserved, Allison Gingras 2016