Posts Tagged ‘spending’


Monday, March 29th, 2010

During this season of Lent I haven’t given up anything in particular.  I haven’t ever focused on this sort of self-denial ideal in my faith walk.  Not because I think I’m so special or good.  Just that, as a follower of Christ…I’ve chosen to deny myself many things to live as an obedient servant….everyday.  I’ve never really heard (in the circles I’ve been a part of….preacher boys, seminary type folk) of giving up Coca Cola for Lent or chocolate.  It’s not been something of necessity.

(please do not misread me….I’m not claiming that giving up something is not good for the Christian to do)

I try to live in moderation.  I don’t overeat, drink alcohol or smoke and I don’t hang out in places that a mama my age shouldn’t.  I’m reserved.  Conservative.  I try to walk the line.  I care about my reputation and hope to honor God with my life…in everyway.

But, I’m not perfect!  I fail.  I goof up.  I fall short.  A lot!

This week, I’ve taken on a FAST.  Why?  Because I felt God wanted me to.  I haven’t misbehaved or gone over the top.  I just knew that I needed to stop and think about how I spend my money.  I don’t have much of it to blow in the first place.   But, I’m the queen of justification.  I can spend $2 bucks here and there and have crazy junk to show for it (THAT I DON’T NEED!!).

My fast is that I will not spend money on “whatever” this week.  Today(Monday) through Easter Sunday.  If it’s not in my budget or on my grocery list……I ain’t buying it!  Period!  I’m not a wild willy-nilly spender anyway.  But, I’m choosing to walk away from ANY SWEET DEAL that may appeal to my shopping desires!

Call it a denial if you want…..I’m feeling good about my decision already.  I know that God has a lesson for me and it may be a bit more painful than I’m actually anticipating.  Pray for me.  I just might be up against more than I can handle!

What I know:

Most wealth comes from saving.

People who spend all of their money have no money.


Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you power to become rich.” And Psalm 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”