And he is 100% correct.
When I set financial goals, I tend to get tunnel vision, forsaking just about all else in order to achieve that goal.
Our 2011 financial goals include saving 15% of our income and paying extra on our mortgage. We are working towards these goals as diligently as possible, but unlike me, my husband doesn’t stress over it. Deep within me — well not so deep…it’s actually bubbling up just below the surface of my being, is a strong desire to achieve these goals, and if not achieved I feel as though I will be disappointed.
First let me say this…based on our plans, we should be able to achieve these goals this year with no problem, but yet I’m still stressing.
Well, because we haven’t yet.I’m stressing because I’m to focused on the what-if’s instead of the WHAT IS.
…something happens to my husband and he can’t provide.
…something happens and I stop earning and income.
…God wants us to experience a Job like situation.
…What if….what if….WHAT IF???
Can you see why I stress so much over money?
But God has paired me with the perfect man.
Did I ever tell you that Mr.Proverbs Wife is the next best thing to Jesus in my life? REALLY!!
I love this man because he knows me. He knows the root of my fears. He knows my past.
He knows that after my father died my mother was not able to keep our family together. This is a fear of mine. A fear that I fool myself into believing can be fixed with just enough money, but the truth is that my father planned for our families financial well being before he died.
It wasn’t the lack of money that broke our family apart…it was fear and grief.
I don’t want to repeat the same cycle if something were to happen to Mr. Proverbs Wife, but he always reminds me that it will be my faith in the ONE who PROVIDES that will help me lead our family.
Yes…I am doubting God but moreso, I am doubting that God will equip me with what I need when I need it. So today I am reminding myself that God will provide me strength and wisdom no matter the situation.
Today I am asking God to renew my mind and not allow me to base my future on my mothers past. I want my faith to be greater than my fears. My faith here’s God saying, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Today I will put my trust in God, “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of (my) mind, that (I) may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Here’s what I’ll be thinking on instead of stressing over our financial goals:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
If you know that there is an area in your life where you are not completely trusting God, confess it now. Don’t give the devil a foothold in your life.