Money, Money, MOney
Money, money, money. Money is loved, money is hated. Money is needed. Money is wanted. Money has power (to some). Money can bring happiness, money can bring sadness. Money can be an idol. Money can be a downfall. Money thinks it can buy love. Money can save lives. Money can bring death. Money is an anomaly. Money is an influence in everyone’s lives – big or small. How much of an influence is it in your life? When I ran a twitter poll, I asked my twitter family what they would like me to write on. The choices were: Relationship with God, Finances/money, relationships and substance abuse. It was a tie 39% wanted posts about relationship with God and 39% about finances/money. I was a little surprised with the results.
I know you’re probably thinking; why is a Public health professional writing about money? Money, like many other things can affect your health. Stress from money issues can manifest into physical health symptoms like headaches, high blood pressure, and mental health issues like anxiety and irritability. Your health is influenced by its environment, with your home being its biggest influence. Your Parents, how you were raised, what goes on in your house, what money was spent on, etc. are/were influences.
Many people bring with them to adulthood money values (or non-values) from childhood. It can be a good or bad thing. I want you to take some time to think about how your parents dealt with money. Now come back to the present and take time and think how you deal with money. Are there similarities? Differences? If you are married, ask your spouse to do the same. Write down your answers and discuss them.
Many issues have a root cause. How your parents viewed money may be a root cause to how you view money. (Please see my previous post Investigating root causes of habits and behaviors and download the free root cause analysis worksheet.) Fear not, that is not the end all be all. You have the power to deal with money in a healthy way. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7 (KJV)
When God is in your life and you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior money issues can be a thing of the past. Remember God doesn’t want us to worry about anything! “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7 (NIV) (Aa fav verse I repeat constantly) If you have a skewed view about money. Lay it on the altar and ask God for the wisdom to handle money in a way that is pleasing to Him. He will help you. Believe it. Of course, you have work to do: like to change your spending habits and /or getting professional financial help. (I will cover spending in the post next week).
There are many Biblical principles about money. The most important one is tithing. “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV). Tithing is 10% of your income. There are many financial gurus who say pay yourself first, they have it wrong. Pay God first, then yourself. You won’t go wrong. It goes like this: God gave his son Jesus to pay for our sins, we give God our first fruits (10%), He gives back to us 10 fold! Isn’t that awesome! God continually blesses us when we just trust and obey Him (without grumbling and arguing, see Phil 2:14).
Your homework (this is for your personal use, you don’t have to turn it in to me!):
She Who Honors is here! Be the she who honors God with her everything. I have so many plans for She Who Honors. There will still be the great blog posts/podcasts for the body, mind and spirit. However, I want this to be a community of believers encouraging and supporting each other to live lives worthy of God. I plan to have a forum where we can talk about all types of things. I can't have the forum without you! Don't forget to share, like, comment and tell everyone about She Who Honors. Have you signed up for the free She Who Honors 5-day challenge? I challenge you...
That's me excited about She Who Honors!
The secret's out - changes are a coming to Love's way health!
I'm so excited and I just can't hide it! I've been wanting to tell you the things I have been working on but I had to hold it in! Love's Way Health is rebranding! Listen in or read! I posted both for your pleasure! Let me know what you think. Click here to sign up for the She Who Honors 5 - day challenge!
There is a change a coming to Loves Way Health! Drum roll please! Love’s Way health is going to be called She Who Honors. I want the website to realign with my passion for helping the Christian woman in all facets of life – spirit, mind and body. It will still be the truth in love for your body, mind and spirit. She Who Honors will be a community for us to work together, keep each one accountable, laugh, have fun and helping each of us to advance God’s Kingdom.
The culture and world we live in has been having some very pivotal and emotional events that have been happening the past few years. What I’m noticing is it is getting harder to point out and tell who the Christians are. Some Christians seem to be getting lost in the fray of the culture and the world that we are supposed to be a light in. (See 1 and 2 Timothy) The spirit is grieving, and I have been feeling the burden. As Christian’s we are to help fellow Christians be aware of their sins and help them to live out the life that God created them for. “encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” 1 Thess 2:12 (NIV).
I’m not your Holy Spirit, and not judging (what everyone likes to say now a days), but I am unable to say nothing and let fellow Christians walk blindly off a cliff. We are to help each other out, lift each other up and help others to be accountable for their actions. 1Thess 4:7 (NIV) says “For God did not call us to be impure but to live a holy life.” We are set apart, we are God’s love letter, we have Jesus living in us. When we obey God and live our lives honoring God it can make unbelievers want to know more about God and Jesus.
As the new name states She Who Honors will delve into topics to help women honor God with her thoughts, words, actions, body, money, parenting, relationships, marriage – her whole life! It is Bible based, of course because the Word tells us how to live to please God. 2Tim 3:16 (NIV) says, “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that all God’s people may be thoroughly supplied for every good work.” God supplies us for what He needs us to do to advance his Kingdom. Remember Jesus is our Lord and savior, let’s treat Him like the true King he is. Don’t worry I’m not going to be fire and brimstone preaching, that is so not me. These will be thought provoking, informative and sometimes fun posts motivating you to live the life God created you for.
If you aren’t a Christian I pray that God will plant a seed and you are urged to find out more about Jesus and his sacrifice for you. Please contact me if you have any questions. Hey men’s I didn’t forget you. All though this is She Who Honors some topics will be called He Who Honors and even We Who Honor. I’m sure some of these topics can be applied to your life. My male readers please share this with the women in your life.
The Launch date for She Who Honors will be Monday July 2! I will be offering a She Who Honors 5day challenge! Who’s up for the challenge!!1? You will have to check back on July 2 to She Who Honors. I will be posting again this month under LovesWay Health. Don’t forget to like, share, comment and sign up for blog updates. You won’t want to miss the She Who Honors 5-day challenge! (click here to sign up!)
Love's Way Health is now called She Who Honors! Click to sign up for the free She Who Honors 5 day challenge. I challgenge you!
Christina Leeman MPH, CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) encourages, equips and empowers Christian women to live lives worthy of God.
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