Spendthrift or Penny Pincher?

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That time of year has rolled around once again — tax time.

Filing taxes usually produces a touch of tension in most of us doesn’t it?  At least I always feel that way. I hold my breath just before the final number is worked out, a small knot in my stomach. Even when I know with almost certainty that I will prayerfully be getting a refund. Whether it is five hundred dollars or just break even. I still feel a little nervous.

I wonder if it would be a good idea to use tax time to do an annual check-up on our money attitudes. Why? Because our real heart regarding money might be revealed during tax season. “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.” 1 Timothy 6:10

Can we be honest filling in every blank even when it is not to our benefit? Have you worked in a small fudge factor that wouldn’t be noticed? Did you give only where you could get a deduction? Is your giving generous or meagerly? How have we used our money over the last year? Are we spendthrifts or a penny pinchers? Do we think of it as OUR money, or God’s?

These are some of the questions we can ask ourselves just to make sure our heart is still centered on God instead of money and material things. Jesus said; “But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” Luke 12:31

So file your taxes ON time and seek His kingdom ALL the time!

And for those who might just be a little curious, as to whether I’m a “Spendthrift” or ” Penny Pincher”? Mums the word!

Perfect Timing

images-123Valentine’s Day was last week. My daughter suprised me with a card with a picture of the super hero “Wonder Woman” on the front. I chuckled, and gave her a sincere “Thank You”.  However, I’m far from being Wonder Woman!

You know those scenes in the super hero movies where some thug is victimizing a defenseless person? UNTIL, that is, the super hero shows up and trounces the evil doer and sets everything right! Yeah! I love that part – justice in the end.There is a passage in scripture which is a favorite of mine just because it brings me a similar feeling.

There is a time coming when our super hero GOD is going to set some things right and I hope it will be in my time.

Daniel 7: 21 tells us that “the horn (devil) was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.”

We often see defeat and struggle in our life and the lives of our loved ones. We have all seen cases where it appeared that evil triumphed over good. But just wait! Just wait till the Ancient of Days says; “no more” and rules in our favor. Just wait till we take possession of the kingdom without further hindrance. I believe that time is now.

I believe the longing is birthed and inspired by God, and that He is waiting to answer when the timing is just right. When we look around we see evil on every side! Don’t despair. Things are not hopeless; in fact perhaps they are simply ripe for the arrival of  our most blessed Hope!  Our Super Hero “Jesus”.