Growing Up in the Lord

I am growing. I am growing up in the Lord in this season.

As I grow in the Lord Jesus Christ in this season, I am becoming firm like an olive tree in a garden.

~”But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”~Psalm 52:8, ESV~

For years, I have prayed to God for stability in my life. I have had the desire in my heart to make changes in my life that are pleasing to God and that honor Him with all of me. The reason is because I desire to serve the Lord God all of the days of my life.

As I have served God all of the days of my life, I have noticed the change that God is doing in my life. I am stepping out on faith and believing in God for these changes so that I can glorify God in all that I say and do for His kingdom.

One of these changes that I have made is saving money. I have prayed to God for years for Him to teach me how to save money. My mother nor my father did not teach me how to save money (I am not saying that they are bad parents for not teaching me how to save money. I am just saying that they did not teach me how to save and spend money wisely). I had to teach myself as well as learn from mistakes of the past to not spend money carelessly and to always tithe to my church.

For this year, I made a goal to myself to start tithing to my local church. I noticed that since I began to tithe to my local church that Godly change has been happening in my life. I am starting to save money more and spend less money more often that I have in the past. I am also noticing that my heart and my mind are at peace with my spirit, soul, and God as I made the commitment to tithe to my local church faithfully and wholeheartedly.

~”Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.“~2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV~

I am becoming a more sensible woman to the Lord. I am becoming a more practical person in the Word of God as a result of tithing to my local church. My finances are starting to fall into place miraculously because I have committed to tithing to the Lord every Sunday morning at my church. Praise the Lord!

Whenever I go to the store, I ask myself the question before purchasing an item, “Is this item necessary to buy right now and can it wait?” As I ask myself this question, I seek the Lord for discernment as I shop in the store for what is necessary to buy and what is not necessary to buy. God gives me the clarity that I need to make wise purchasing decisions.

I do not let the devil or my flesh lead me into temptation as I shop because I want to glorify God in my shopping and spending habits. It all starts with the thoughts and intentions of the heart and not giving up or giving into the devil, self, or sin. I thank God for giving me strong convictions to know when to say, “yes,” and, “no,” to buying items in the store.

I am still a work in progress and am not perfect. But, with Jesus by my side, I am confident that I can make wise spending choices and think clearly as I shop in the store and glorify God in all that I say and do for Him. Thank You Jesus! Hallelujah!

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