Finances and the Heart

We all have demons in our lives.  I mean in the real sense, not the scary fictional movie kind.  Some of Satan's army nips at our friendships, mauls at our self-worth, whisper about our inabilities.  Some challenge things that we know, claw at our most trusted relationships, sneer at our self-esteem.  When it comes to tearing a man down we don't do it all on our own!

This all was running through my mind this morning as we sat in church.  The sermon was on money, trust, priorities. 

Let me tell you about this demon in my life.

He scratches at my happiness, bites (with big gruesome teeth) at my marriage, makes gaping wounds in my insecurities.

We dread not having money, certainly, but we have this mindset that we need wealth to be happy.  We do need to save for our retirement, our vacations, our childrens' college expenses but do we need to be so worried about saving that we take it upon us as our own burden to bear?  Is it so important that we aren't giving where we should give?  Trusting where we shouldn't be putting our trust?  Loving earthly things when they really just won't matter in the very long run?

Sarah Groves has a very soul and spirit filled song I have always loved called 'The Boxer'.  It immediately comes to mind when I think of these fights.

Greater is you who is in Me.  (a variation of 1 John 4:4)  It is not until she recalls this verse towards the end of the song that she starts winning the battle.

Where is your trust?  If it is in Him and not earthly things you will win this battle!

Over the next month I'd like to share with you some of financial tips, nothing earth shattering but things that have helped me be better at managing the household finances.  The realization that money is not what this journey called life is about; living, loving, sharing are. 

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com

PS: Military Saves Week is February 25 through March 2, 2013. This is going to be a pertinent journey for us all.
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