A Father’s Love (poem by me)

Her father was a top architect,
Her mother a dear and loving housewife,
She was their one and only daughter
And she lived a privileged life.

Her dad studied the Barbie dream house
That she used to play with every day
And he built her a life-sized version
A gift for her 20th birthday.

An elevator instead of stairs,
An in-ground swimming pool in back,
A pink corvette parked in the driveway,
No trifling detail did it lack.

When she saw it, he thought she'd cry,
Hug him, kiss him, jump up and down,
Instead she rolled her eyes and gave a sigh
She said she'll sell it and buy a condo downtown.

Her mom said, "I wish our family was penniless.
Then you would see your father's love is priceless."

1Timothy 6:10 states, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. 
Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced 
themselves with many griefs."

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Imprints of Love (poem by me)

BEAUTY fades in the blink of the eye,

Problems arise that RICHES can’t buy,

FAME is one flutter of a dove’s wings,

Wind blows away the POWER of kings,

Only LOVE imprints that which is everlasting.

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Our Provider (prayer)

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(Join me in prayer about finances.)

Lord,

We pray over our finances today,

We know You are our Provider,

And we trust You for our daily bread.

No matter what we earn, owe, or own,

We know we have great value as Your children.

Guide us to earn enough, save enough, and spend shrewdly.

Inspire us to use our money to bless You and others.

Help us to pay our bills on time,

And repay money we have borrowed.

Help us never to covet someone else’s salary, property, or status;

Our reputations are in Your hands.

Help us to overcome the temptation to borrow

For the sake of frivolous indulgences and extravagant living.

Deliver us from sins that consume the resources

You have lavished on us with great affection.

Help us always to be generous with the church

So the Lord’s people will be adequately

Equipped to further the message of salvation

And minister to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

We remember the poor in our prayers today,

And ask that You would comfort them.

Open the door of opportunity for us

To bless the poor in ways that honor You;

For when we do, we lend to You,

Our Almighty Lord and Master.

In Christ’s Name, Amen.

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Are Your Finances Blessed?

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Jeremiah 29: 11 tells us the Lord has plans to prosper us. Yet, Christians go through periods when we do not feel prosperous at all. Sometimes all we need to do is stop comparing ourselves with people who have more than we do. Still, some of us truly struggle to provide for our family’s basic needs. If you are struggling to provide, consider a few possible reasons that your finances are not blessed. Are you refusing to be generous with your money? Are you using money to perpetuate sin? Are you failing to use your income wisely?

​In 2 Corinthians 9:7, we read that God loves a cheerful giver. If we use our income to provide only for our own needs, then why would God give us more than the bare minimum we need to cover our basic needs? Alternately, if we regularly use our income to provide for the needs of others…won’t God always bless us with extra money? You betcha!

I challenge you to use your money and stuff to make someone else’s day better. Consider giving to a local church, buying food to donate to a local food pantry, donating clothes and shoes to The Salvation Army or other organization that helps needy, or sponsoring a child at Compassion (This is a four-star charity according to Charity Navigator.) After you begin giving, you will see how extra money just kinda rolls in to cover your needs and others.

Supposing you are generous with the little you have, but you still struggle to provide. Let’s look at another common financial blessing blocker: sin. Sin leads to death, and God wants to give us life. Would a God who loves someone allow that person to have money in abundance if they use it to perpetuate a sin? Probably not. (Especially if that person has asked to be delivered from that sin.)

It really does not matter how much money you use for your sin of choice, it is the simple act of spending your income on sin that blocks the financial blessing. This is NOT to say that poor people are sinners and rich people never sin. The Bible shows us that is not true. However, God may allow money problems in your life if you repetitively use money for sin.

Another major reason Christians struggle to provide basic needs for their family is because they do not have a plan to use money wisely. Whether you make a little or a lot, you can stretch your income with a budget. Put away your credit cards for emergencies only!!!! The envelope budget is taught in many churches, but you do not have to attend a class to understand it. Click here to read how Dave Ramsey’s envelope budget system works.

It may sound too simple to be revolutionary, but you will see God’s amazing providence when you trust Him. You will draw near to God when you spend money wisely, give generously, and stop using money to sin. God’s face will shine upon you and His providence will flow freely upon you.

Dear Father, You are the giver of all good things. We thank You for the many ways in which You provide for us. We pray You would help us to plan and adhere to our budgets. Thank You that You love us even when we are bound by sin. Strengthen us and deliver us that we may have life in abundance. Inspire us to use give money as You would have us do. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

People say King Solomon was both rich with money and wisdom. Click here to read my poem called “King Solomon’s Advice.”

© 2015 Kim Bond

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