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Wealth and Giving

March 7, 2016

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it”

-Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

Discipline can be a scary thing, can’t it?  What does discipline look like to you? To me it means sacrifice, being uncomfortable, not liking it, BUT doing it.  When you mix discipline with good intentions – good things grow.

We are coming up on 4 years of our new life.  A family sticking together to see God’s plan though…

Today was our last day of Financial Peace University.  First let me say- what a life changing class.  Leo and I have paid off $1,500 of debt in 9 weeks, saved for our emergency fund, we have money in the envelope to heat our home, we don’t scramble for money- if it’s there it’s there – if it’s spent (Spending money and all) it’s spent. And we can go, we can sit with you- but we are getting water.

We have been wrapping our head around a new way of thinking- and perhaps the sentence  take away from the first 6 baby steps from the course is that “Debt is not normal”.  That’s just it- it isn’t.  We get wants and needs mixed up- and looking at our life you can see that just even this December we were mistaken- truck was a WANT, not a need.

The Coordinators joked that when they started the class- two days before their first day they put a carpet cleaner on their Kohls charge– Leo and I? 35 days before ours- a $45,000 truck.  Same thing…..

The last 9 weeks have been life changing yes- BUT very unpleasant.  It’s been hard- we’ve kinda yelled like we’ve never yelled…  I get bossy.. I question .. He throws his hands, and tape measures…. but by the end of our meeting, about money, we take a deep breath and look at one another and say, yes, we are doing this.

We want to live like no one else lives, so that we can live, and GIVE like no one else.

There are 7 Baby steps.

Home base is my base.  Today … Dave talked about a morning when he decided to sit and read the Bible.

Sitting at the table he herrd footsteps coming down the steps.  His baby, his 5 year old, only son came down the steps and wanted to sit with his dad at the table.

He said never before had he ever heard the words of the Bible that so many of us hear then he read that day:

For God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son..

For our sins. Mine, yours.

He began to explain- sitting there with his only son in his arms- how that woke him up. What a gift, he said, there is no bigger gift.

As soon as our second son died I immediately knew God would lead my to my purpose, because he took him, if I kept my heart open and turn away from anger.

Leo and I decided right away that the gift of a funeral – that someone gave us- would be the gift we would give back to others.  That is what it was that it what it had to be we got it.

Dave explained today many things that tugged on my heart.  I sit on the edge of my seat like a small child listening to her father speak.

Because of this person, these people, who had enough wealth to give to us, that had discipline enough to GIVE to us- we took the invite to grow what THEY started.  Leo and I can’t even take credit for that- they came up with the idea, WE ran with it.

Sitting there in class and listening about giving like no one else made me thankful for the people in our life that have given to us.

 

What a beautiful thing.  I know that day, 4/14/2012 Leo and I were called to serve.  We were called to use what we had to make something, grow something, the strength in our hearts to say something, to show others something, and that is the beauty of listening to that voice that says “go”…

 

“I don’t know what your destiney will be, but one thing I know.  The ones amount you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve”

– Albert Schwieitzer

From this happy girl to you, yes.  Now, I have not owned up to my full potential.  I can be better so that I, we, can serve better, more and bigger.

Friends, one day all our lives will be forever changed.  It is nothing to fear.  Fear is an ugly game-  with planning and paying attention, listening to that voice,  going after our dreams, breaking out of what is “normal”… caring for ourselves so that we can care for one another.. we can have wealth we can be giving.  Lets not forget that it is not selfish to life with both- but with one the other must follow.

Xo

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