Guys, gals, we need goals!
Are you a tried and true goal setter? Do you write down your goals and reflect on your progress? If your answers are yes, then you deserve a pat on the back! Go ahead, you know you want to!
But if you are like me, you have these huge, non-specific goals floating around in your head that you think about from time to time. No progress is really made because you aren’t actively involved in it.
Since beginning this blog it has become extremely evident that I need to make some goals to keep my focus and motivations in check.
That is what I wanted to tell you.
God showed me a different direction on goal setting. Yeah, He basically throat punched me with it. Ha!
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
It doesn’t matter what we plan and make goals for, the Lord’s plans are greater! When we make goals and strive to achieve them we are putting God in a box. Why would we limit unlimited potential? It is through dedicated prayer and thanksgiving that God will provide a path for each of us and we don’t know where that path will take us! But when we put all our faith, all our hope, all our trust, all of our desires on Him how can we fail?!
God is our great provider! We should not limit him to our humanly goals which have such a tiny vision compared to his! Yes, it will be hard to restrain ourselves. But this is the path less trodden.
I mentioned before that I was in need of keeping my focus and motivations in check. I was about to do so by making human-sized goals. The funny thing is that He is capable of keeping those things in check! He tells us to cast your worries on Him (1 Peter 5:7). Oh how God could prosper us if we can learn to let Him lead and give Him the praise for our accomplishments!
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
What plans or goals do you need to give up to the Lord? Leave your answer in the comments!
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Happy Fall Ya’ll!
Can you believe that it’s fall already!? This is my favorite time of year. The crisp, cool air is perfect for bonfires and warm drinks, cozy clothes and beautiful boots! There is one down side to this glorious season – the holiday debt monster is lurking just around the corner.
Every year it seems like the holidays creep up on us with out our knowledge. So many of us end up at the end of November thinking, “Where will I find the money for Christmas presents?” This, after you have already spent your time, effort and hard earned dollars on Halloween and Thanksgiving. So out comes the credit card, that devil in your purse. By the time January roles around your trying to figure out how you’ll get the devil paid off in time for summer break and vacation season…
This doesn’t have to be the pattern of your life. God does not want this to be the pattern of your life.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
So many of us have hear this verse before. But for some reason, we borrow money anyway. I tend to justify borrowing money because it is something I NEED. (Like those awesome fall decorations!) Is that generally the case? Heck no. Borrowing money straps us up and ties us down. Worse yet, it causes all kinds of anxiety. Our heavenly Father does not want this for us.
If you really prioritize your desires for this fall and the holiday season, I’d expect that you, like me, would place spending time with friends and family at the top of the list. This does not mean spending money on friends and family.
Will we spend money? YES, but when we refocus our priorities on what is most important, things become less of a headache, and less expensive. We will also bring glory to God.
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
You see, this isn’t just our money. Actually, it isn’t our money at all. It is the Lord’s money. He gives and he takes away. Everything we have is the Lord’s. How will we take care of what he has entrusted us with?
Now that we are more focused, what actions should we take to prepare ourselves financially for the holidays?
- Most importantly, come up with a written budget for each holiday, NOW! Don’t wait!
- Start saving, NOW!
– If you don’t think you can save the money necessary, you have to increase your income or decrease your budget. Maybe the kids just won’t have the coolest shoes at school, darn (insert a hint of sarcasm). Or have a yardsale – it’s the perfect time of year, and I’ve seen them everywhere!
***For next year, you should set up a Christmas savings account at your local bank. I have one, and have for years! I LOVE IT! Every pay check I put a set amount of money aside. The great thing about this account is that I can’t take the money out until they send me a check in… OCTOBER! Perfect timing, right?
Now that we are focused on what’s most important for the holidays, family and being a steward of God’s money, I hope that we can enjoy the season like you never have before! I pray that our giving will bless others and shine God’s light into dark places.
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Welcome to my new blog, Prosper in Faith. I am full of anticipation of what God has in store for me through this new adventure! My purpose for this blog is to share my knowledge and my faith with you. God has placed a passion in my heart for helping others in the areas of careers, motivation, and wealth. I am by no means an expert. I am, like you, trying to navigate these waters myself. My hope is that I can share what I learn with you.
Whatever you do, work heartily,
as for the Lord and not for men,
Colossians 3:23 ESV
I believe that God has laid out a plan for us, in both our careers and in building wealth. He also is the great motivator when times get tough or when we get lazy. I hope to share with you some Bible-based ideas to finding a career, or being successful in your current career. The bible also lays out instructions on what to do with our money, and I look forward to exploring those with you.
Please, come along this journey with me. The possibilities are endless!
PB & J,