Money is necessary and it’s fundamental for a family to be successful. In our previous post Family: Origin, Contemporary Challenges and the Key Element to its Success we have mentioned the main causes of conflicts in families nowdays. Money stands out, it calls our attention to the need of a better understanding of this issue. This is what we are going to talk briefly in this post.
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Money requires posture
There is a relationship between the human being and money. Either you will control your money or your money will control you. There is a need for a decision on this matter. Unfortunately many people simply survive, they postpone and live lost amid the constant difficulty with their finances.
On this way, our family has already stood and we have had miracles in our finances for some years. I’ll share the latest one with you. Last Saturday, I and Rapha were talking about buying a tablet for our daughter Sara. For her last birthday, we had a lovely party with her friends. But we end up delaying the present – for the first time, because giving gifts is important for us. She has wanted a tablet for some time, especially for watching cartoons due to we do not have TV at our home.
However, we had only half the needed amount to purchase the tablet we wanted to give her. So I said to my Rapha: Let’s pray and talk to God about this. Then, immediately we pray, simply and quickly. We could have bought this gift with our credit card. But that was not available in our budget, and so we trusted in God, prayed and waited.
Faith and Finances
‘Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. ‘Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6
In fact, we waited just a little. The next day a couple of friends from our church told us that they decided to give us a TV. We immediately understood that God was answering our prayer through that couple. He gave us more than a tablet! Sara was overjoyed. Besides seeing the God’s faithfulness and rejoice in maintaining our budget in control, we could share that experience with our children. We learned one more lesson together!
‘ “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ‘Jesus in Matthew 6:24
We have talked to our children about this issue we named stewardship. For some years our family haven’t taken any decisions, neither small one nor great one, based only on money. Instead, we understand that all things belong to God, come from God and are to God. We are just stewards, we take care with zeal for all that He has entrusted to us. We are not afraid of missing something. In fact, we have more than we need and we always share with the people around us.
10 Financial Commandments
So we want to introduce you to the 10 Financial Commandments, according to Pastor Robert Morris, leader of Gateway Church, with whom we have learned a lot about it:
6. Live on a Budget
7. Live below your means
8. Do not buy now and pay later
9. Be a good witness
10. Be content
Think about it. And in the coming posts, we’ll look at each of these topics in detail.
Do your part
Decide to live as a good steward and be generous. The same way that our family has experienced, I am sure that you will live real miracles in your family as well. The favor of God will do infinitely more than you can accomplish by your own strength. Simply do your part, what you really can do. And God will bless you!
‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.’Proverbs 10:22
Prayer: God, thank you for always taking care of my family. You are good and do good. I believe and declare your provision for each one of our needs. Teach us to be good stewards, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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