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Monday, December 19, 2016

Pride n Humility

12 A proud person will soon be ruined, but a humble person will be honored.”
Proverbs 18:12 ERV

Humility is essential to growth for us. We simply cannot realize anything new about ourselves if we are full of pride and boasting in our accomplishments. Rather in a place of great success or failure in our lives we must humble ourselves before the almighty Lord to understand His Truth and learn from His Word.

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” Proverbs 14:12 NLT

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dealing with Hardships and Suffering

A reflection on the Book of Job

notes from NLT Study Bible “When suffering comes to us, we often ask why. The book of Job examines the suffering of one man who suffered precisely because he was blameless. His friends supposed that Job was guilty of some unknown sin. They tried to persuade him to repent, but Job did not accept their pat explanations. Finally, God appeared, but he did not give Job the answers he sought. Instead, God confronted him, changed his persepective, and blessed him.”
Summary: “The prose introduction to the book of Job (chs 1-2) provides the heavenly perspective on Job's suffering and sets the context for the human dialogue that forms the body of the work. Job was a righteous man whom God allowed Satan to test. In the heavenly courtroom, Satan argued that if God removed his blessings from Job, he would “surely curse you to your face” (1:11)
Instead, Job responded, 'Praise the name of the Lord!' (1:21) 'Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?' (2:10) Satan lost his challenge to Job's righteousness.
The story leaves the court of heaven and enters the council of humans as three of Job's friends come to sympathize with him. Their silent, seven-day vigil is apparently a genuine attempt to console Job (2:11-13). However, when Job breaks his silence with a bitter complaint (ch 3), his counselors begin to criticize and condemn him. In three rounds of debate (chs 4-27), their rhetoric varies from innuendo to blatant accusation. Job's friends argue that since God is righteous, he rewards each person according to what that person has done; therfore, Job's suffering must be the just punishment for some evil he has committed. To each of their speeches, Job responds by insisting that he is innocent and that his suffering is undeserved and unfair.

After the three rounds of dialogue between Job and his friends, a poetic interlude praises God as the sole source of wisdom (ch 28). When Job has made his final statement about his misery and his righteousness (chs 29-31), his three friends give up on him, saying that he is too self-righteous (32:1). Elihu (a new voice) then renews the human struggle to explain Job's suffering (chs 32-37). Finally, God arrives to challenge Job (chs 38-41). Instead of hearing Job's case, God demands answers and demonstrates his own power and sovereignty through the question she poses. Job responds with repentance and acknowledges that he does not have the right to question God (42:1-6).
In the final prose section (42:7-17), God reaffirms Job's righteousness and faithfulness, pronounces judgement on Job's friends, and pours out final blessings on Job.”
Meaning and Message: “Though the book of Job does not clarify the meaning of suffering, it demonstrates that suffering is not necessarily God's retribution for sin. Job does not get an answer as to why bad things happen to good people, and neither do we. It is not the purpose of the book to explain suffering.
The central conflict of the book is between the integrity of the Creator and the integrity of a man. Heaven and earth appear to be at odds. It is too easy simply to line up with Job's three friends in denying Job's innocence. We can appeal to various NT passages that deny that any human is righteous (e.g.; Rom 3:10, 23; Luke 18:19), but Job's righteousness is genuine and thorough. However, his obession with his own rectitude sometimes borders on self-righteousness. He grows so adamant in defending his integrity that he seems ready to defy God. Job's three friends set out a view of God that is more orthodox, at least on the surface. These counselors are more than weak, imaginary straw men; they accurately develop most of the biblical ways of explaining suffering. Their theology is excellent, but their presumptuous applications go sour. They insist on a quid pro quo view of retribution, in which all the good and evil that people experience is directly related to what they have earned or deserved.
In the end, God defends Job's innocence and rejects easy explanations of suffering. God also rejects Job's demands for an explanation. Since Job could not possibly understand the whole universe, he should not demand an explanation of how his suffering fits into that order. The world cannot be explained in terms that humans can fully understand.
The way to live through calamities is not just to keep a stiff upper lip but to bow reverently before God and trust his soverign goodness. In the day of calamity, humans properly repsond to God by worshipping him and blessing him for the wisdom and justice of his ways, regardless of how harsh the pain or dark the confusion. God's holy purposes for human suffering are sometimes hidden. Yet in the end, Job draws closer to God through his suffering: 'I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes' (Job 42:5).

Friday, December 2, 2016

Be Different-Be Authentic-Be Real

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants-what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

Weymouth New Testament
And do not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by experience what God's will is--that will which is good and beautiful and perfect.

Especially during the holidays with the customary traditions around Christmas alot of Christians forget this instructions and go along with the "holiday cheer" of buying gifts, taking pictures with santa claus, and even telling their children santa claus is going to buy them gifts. 

I'm taking Gods Word into action and not following along with the people and customs of this world. Christmas in my home is to honor, teach, and celebrate Christs birth and that is it.

Be Different-Be Authentic-Be Real

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Peace of God is Lasting

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Is it a sin to fear? I've heard preachers on the radio say that it is. I would say it's how God created us. It's healthy to have fears and the greatest fear we should have is that translated to mean reverence and respect for God Almighty. As I was contemplating the activities surrounding the recent presidential elections and thinking of all the people that were afraid of the outcome and even protesting the outcome I realized something: they don't have God's peace nor do they know His presence. I became thankful that I wasnt afraid or angry of the outcome I stood on the fact that whoever was president Jesus is still King and always will be. Amen!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Journal on My Faith Walk

Heres a personal glimpse into my faith walk: 
At the beginning of this month Joseph & me decided to start the Dave Ramsey Program again to stabilize our finances, 2 weeks later we found out that I'm pregnant (unplanned blessing n surprise), the day after David gets a fever sunday night and it lasts off and on until yesterday today was his first 24 hours with no fever. Yesterday Joseph lost his job of over 9 years- but that morning God woke me up with Romans 3:23 "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard." That tells me we all sin and we pay the consequences for those sin but if you read on "24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." That tells me yes there are temporary punishments and consequences but to those who remain faithful theres eternal Joy so no hopeless situation and no bad news can take that away from me! 
God has a way and a plan for us! He's already there ahead of us making the path for us our job is to stay on that narrow path of Faith in Christ, remaining in Him, He becomes our strength when we are just too weak to deal with life today and our Spirit when our hearts been broken again by disappointment and despair. Im sharing this to share my faith with you today that where there's faith in Jesus theres always a way and you never need to turn in your faith badge and give up and give into the desires and temptations this world offers because the price for that is eternal suffering of your Soul in Hell. 
I want all my friends and family to live in the Eternal Hope and Joy found in Faith in Christ. I know that this post will offend some, but I hope that it encourages many more. My husband and me already had a plan for him to be a ft driver and that's what he's doing now so we will be okay because our God provided the way already. He's also looking into other jobs with hourly pay just in case the driving ft doesnt pan out. Today I'm feeling pretty nauseas and decided to stay home for the 3rd sunday in a row not because Im less Christian but because my flesh needs rest now if I was more faithful and stronger I'd overcome and go to church anyways and my husbands not going because I'm not going which is his flesh I'm telling you this because I'm just a small struggling person maybe like you are I don't possess anything greater than you I sin, I fail but I always stay in Him and that's what we have to do keep Jesus in our hearts and our homes or the devil will come in and possess us.
I shared this above post on a dave ramsey budgeting group and after 28 likes, several encouraging comments, and a few people who were highly offended the post was removed. Our choices have consequences and some people don't want to hear that truth. Hell is real and those who chose to live in sin and away from God will go there. I'm sorry if that offends you but it's the truth and the only hope that I see in this world is my trust and faith in Jesus Christ; He's my rock and my strong tower in this crazy broken mess of a world we live in.
 Blessings in Christs Love,
Kim Fincher 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Made Alive with Christ

Ephesians 2New Living Translation (NLT)

Made Alive with Christ

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Disability doesnt mean Dead!

I've come to the realization that I have some mental disabilities which keep me from doing things that most people can do like going and getting a job. My husband encouraged me to apply for disability that made me angry and I later wondered on it and realized I had a judgment that disabled meant quitting like you're dead. Not true!

Between my husband great love for me exactly as I am and my Lord's love and encouragement for me I realized it's time to embrace that I'm mentally disabled and that doesn't mean I am any less wonderful and beautifully made in God's image it means that this is who I am and who I can relate to and prayerfully encourage with God's love, word and truth.

It's been freeing to accept this about myself so now I can look at the hope and possibilities not the road blocks and hopelessness of what I can't do that you or someone else maybe able to do with no problem. I have gifts and skills too they are just as valuable and useful and so do you friend!

Embrace your whole self and allow God to use you for His Kingdom and His Glory! amen

Love you in the Lord,

Kim Fincher

Monday, July 4, 2016

You Are a Miracle

Genesis 1:27-31New King James Version (NKJV)

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

You are a miracle created by the hands of God, in His image and you were made very good. Refuse to be defined by your past, by your failures, or by you lack-walk down the narrow path and allow God to redefine you with His purpose and His plans for you and be nothing less than the fullness of Gods creation that you are! 
Kim Fincher

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Yes Jesus Can Set You Free!

 Free from Sin
Freed from Prison

Yes Jesus Can Set You Free!

“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ”
Luke 4:8

The Temptation of Jesus 4 sAnd Jesus, tfull of the Holy Spirit, ureturned from the Jordan and was led vby the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for wforty days, xbeing tempted by the devil. wAnd he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, yhe was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are zthe Son of God, command athis stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, b“It is written, c‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’ ” 5 dAnd the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you eI will give all this authority and their glory, efor it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:1-7

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’1 and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, l‘You shall not mput the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him nuntil an opportune time.”   Luke 4:9-13
Even Jesus was tested by the devil; this was right before he started his ministry on earth and right after this he was rejected by his own people. So please take a reality check before you get out and I never hear from you again or I do when you're back in prison. For you that think I don’t remember what it’s like in prison, because it’s been 7 years since i’ve been in there; you couldn’t be further from the truth. I carry that remembrance, so I can be relevant as a prison minister. It’s a gift and a burden from the Lord. I remember, clearly the temptations I faced when I got out and how I fell hard and painfully and I had to fight, fight, fight my way to solid and safe ground.
Soldier be prepared because this world is getting darker, it’s getting colder, and it’s filled with all your favorite temptations and they are just waiting for you!!! I may very well be the only one to send you this WAKE-UP call and I hope that it is received by a few and helps save a few from utter and total failure and destruction when they get out. I want hear from 99% of you when you get out and so I want to urgently speak to you now that I have your attention because I care and I have been there in that cold, hard, stainless steal and white adorned cell, with thin plastic mattresses and the desire to be touched, to be loved, to feel human companionship.
You wait in there, you rot in there and then you get the answer you’ve been waiting for parole and what happens next…...most will not survive the hard cruelty of this world with it’s condemnation, back ground checks, confrontation on your criminal records. This is why I say Be Prepared! Don’t wing it saints, don’t fake it, don’t pretend to not care but deep down be overwhelmed with fear and doubt of what if. Confront the reality of your situation and get ready to the best of your ability and  when you get out if you are in there for anger related charges get counseling for that, if it was for drug n alcohol abuse get help for that, just because you are clean in there doesnt mean you are free you just dont have it available. How are you going to handle it being readily available when you get out???!!! Don’t lie to yourself. We all need some help. Plan on getting the help and support system you need. I went to AA and Celebrate Recovery, I had to confront so many dark sins and battle them from within; it’s exhausting but the battle is real. Are you ready for the battle? Keep training for our enemy doesn’t sleep. Keep your light shining and preparing yourselves each day.
Have I conquered all my sins? NO! I will not tell you that because it would be a big fat lie. I don’t think I will every be a pure white saint, lol. Right now the battle is over using cc to buy stuff, i’ve had to hand them over to my husband who is my accountability partner and biggest support system several times in addition to cutting them up several times. Logically you’d think I could just stop but it’s not a logical battle, it’s emotional, spiritual and only God knows what else. My husband and me both battle with many things personally and as parents and in our marriage relationship. We haven’t arrived and if any one claims to have run away, quick because that’s a lie. If anyone says that theres more than one way to heaven or that Jesus isn’t God-flee away fast, the devil is a liar! The only book I want to be in and be inspired by is the Bible I rarely spend more than 5% of my time reading in any other book because the meat is in the Bible-the Truth and the Word-our Spiritual, Soul Food is in the Bible alone. You dont really need any other book to learn and grow as Children of God. You can read other books but always put the Book #1. If you don’t need it every day then you aren’t putting God first because when you do you will literally crave that time with God and still fill hungry for more. I can never get my fill of the Holy Bible.

Friday, June 24, 2016

You Dont Have to Wear Your Sundays Best for Jesus-Come as You Are!

Jesus doesnt require us to get all "prettied" up or dressed up in our "sundays best." That's just not in the bible at all and it's not required. It's a traditional cultural norm but it's not necessary to be a Christian and it's certainly not needed. Their's a big misconception by woman today and I'm talking about woman of God to think they need to wear makeup, jewelry and name-brand or certain clothing. This is the pressure of the world getting into the church. I tested that spirit of wearing makeup to feel pretty and you know what I found it unnecessary. I don't need to feel pretty, look pretty or describe myself as pretty to live for God, serve God, be a Woman of God, or  a Woman for that matter. I am beautiful a God created and made me with all my bumps, marks, and scars and I don't need to cover them up to leave my home, if you do than thats a shame and too bad-think of all the time and money you are spending on covering up your face=I dont care why you think you need makeup it's not a fact and it's a wordly, unbiblical, opinion.

This post is not to boast in myself or to bash you it's a challenge more or less and hopefully an encouragement for you to seek God's opinion and value of who you are and who He designed and made you to be.

I use to dress up for church and think that's what I needed or wanted to do but as a stay at home mom my clothes would be stained or I began to enjoy the casual clothing and felt awkward in sunday best clothes. My husband is the one who helped me see it's not necessary or required by God, he doesnt need us to dress up for Him, he sees our hearts and in the Bible it says that the least of these will be the greatest and the greatest will be the least so I pray to keep being the least on earth so I can experience God's greatest in Heaven.

God bless you Family,
In Christ's Love and Hope,

Kim Fincher
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Living by God's Amazing Grace

Theirs absolutely no point in living without the hope, forgiveness, and saving grace of the Lord. Without Jesus we're all deemed unclean sinners by the 10 Commandments. He is the hope for our nation, the sick, the dark hearts and lost souls. Nothing that the world offers can touch the amazing saving grace of Jesus He died for our sins, He made a way for us all to go Home to the Father and not go straight to hell for all the sins weve all committed. The suffering n pain is free will not the manifestation of Gods authority n power He wants us to choose Him to see His love in the darkness n pain and He will be there if you let Him in your heart but Hes not forceful at all so dont blame him before you've believed in His love for you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Treasures on Earth-

from Words of Encouragement June 2016 addressed to prisoners but
relevant to anyone with a heart for Christ

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night.
Then who will get everything you worked for?’
Luke 12:20

“Yes a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:21
Why is it important to talk about money management, budgeting, meal planning, being resourceful, being frugal, and living within your means-contently?
I am so glad you asked!  In the most authentic way I see you woman and men as my children and being a Mom you want to protect, educate, and prepare your children and that’s why I’ve been sharing my heart with you guys on these topics. In fact it’s my gift from the Lord to be a number crunching, resourceful, frugal, money managing, meal planning, budget, life hacking gal. We each have a gift and a talent that we can share as parts of the Body of Christ, not all are called to be preachers, teachers, ministers, evangelist, we need all our gifts, talents, and skills to serve the Children of God. He’s given me this platform and ministry and I want you to be prepared with the knowledge and skills to use your money wisely. Two things lead to the greatest pain in our lives: relationships (need for love) and money (need for wealth). I dont claim to be an expert on either but what I have learned the last 7 years as a new believer and disciple of Christ, also a stay at home mom with a single income family raising two children I’m going to try my best to share with you and pray it will help you. I also have resources online and started recording youtube videos as a hobby and to help you guys/gals.

So let’s take a look at Luke 12 verses 13-21. How many have tried to store up your treasures on earth so you can finally retire and enjoy? How many know someone who is doing this now? I know many people who coupon and stockpile like there's no tomorrow. The truth is they are self-sufficient, self-made, maybe there own heroes or god. Jesus calls this behaviour foolishness. We can’t serve both money and God.

Admittedly I struggle with this do you? Probably not right now but did you before? Do you think you might when you get out of prison? Have you been to prison more than once? Then I’d say yes you struggled with that. It’s so easy to think that you are righteously serving God behind bars when you don’t have all the distractions and struggles that you will when you get out of prison. I know I thought I had it all figured out but boy was I wrong! If you are a new believer I’d suggest you give this some thought but you don’t have to be a new believer to fall flat on your face back into temptation, sin, and addictions do you? I don’t have it all figured out, nor do I think that I ever will. That’s what humbles us isn’t it. We either become self-sufficient or admit that we are nothing with God as our strength. I’m nothing without God as my light, I need his direction, His Word and His grace daily to lift me up when I have fallen which happens daily and often. How do we survive the struggles of life?
We open up the Word of God daily and, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” Luke 12:31 In Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-32 we are taught by Jesus about Money and Possessions. This is worth more to me than a full time job or a college degree. This is real life skills that matter to God and that’s what I want to learn and how I want to live my life to please God. Now, do I struggle YES! I tell yall that openly. Please don’t ever see me as some perfect saint whose got it all figured out because that would be a fairy tale lie. I am the least of the least of the saints. I have anger isssues, i cuss and have self-control issues, I dont see myself as beautiful or a very good mom or wife but through Christ who is my strength I  prevail. I know that I’m dirt poor without my Lord and Saviour and I want you to know that too and to live a humble content life in prison and when you get out because God’s Children when you get out I most likely will never hear from you again and that breaks my heart because I care about you and just hope that you are doing okay and that I don’t get a letter from you from prison again but unfortunately that’s usually what happens and I want to do my part in helping you stay out and live a righteous life serving the Lord.

I think learning how to manage your money is important regardless of your role in society. You want to be able to plan out each paycheck or it will just go on whatever. My husband Joseph and me are struggling right now, we are in a season where he’s working 75 hours a week at 2 jobs, average pay after taxes is $10 per hour. We have two cars that are constantly needing work this year we’ve spent close to $2k on our cars. We have been renting the same house for almost 6 years and we want to save up enough money for a 20% down payment on a house that we can buy in under 10 years- our goal is to save up $10-$12k by next summer and buy a house for $50k or under that we can pay off in 8 years. But last night we stayed up worrying about our cars and looking at newer cars that we’d need to get a loan to pay for and have a $200- $300 a month car payment. Is temptation real?! You better believe it saints! I’m just praying we can overcome this and use our cars and pay minimal on any work to keep them running and be able to achieve our goal. We’ve decided that we don’t want what the world has: brand-new everything, houses, cars, clothes, shoes all paid on credit. It’s really true that the borrower is slave of the lender; especially when you are trying your best to live on cash. We want to be that example to our children and that’s why my husband is working so hard and I am trying so hard to stretch every dollar my husband brings home. But, we are still joyfully giving an offering to our church because we don’t want to be greedy and attached to that money or any stuff, we want to serve God where he has us and sometimes the only way you can serve is by giving money but we know God’s in control of our life and His plans are the very best for us so with much sweat and hard work we push forward.
I guess I’m sharing my heart and our plans in a very informal journal form this is how I best articulate my thoughts and remain most transparent. Here’s another tip for staying on track admittedly again one we have trouble doing but we are working on this: writing your goals down and putting on the wall in front of you as a daily reminder.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Journal Entry

Im so tired, sleep deprived....Last night I couldn't turn my brain off, calculating and adding up how many hours my husband works, dividing by his pay for two jobs and what his actual take home, money in the bank pay equals out to be per hour. If we could only make more, if I could just make some money on his days off....
When he came home at 11:30 it was way past my bed time to get enough sleep, I poured my heart, fears, worries, and frustrations out to him, the tears released my mind and finally rest came.....
Sooner than I'd like it was 5:30 the time he gets up and Im committed to wake up too so we have time to connect, pray, and read in the Word of God together our daily food for the soul.
Unplanned but pretty common my youngest wakes up soon after we finish reading Proverbs 3 and I'm pouring my wake up cup of coffee,
I react with childlike selfishness, the thoughts of "I don't wanna" rose inside and I quickly stormed off to the back porch to soothe my childish thoughts with the flood of birds chirping and soon i was calm enough to greet my early riser with love and make his breakfast.
As I put the waffle in the toaster oven he quickly reacts with a hit on my leg and throwing himself down on the floor, I am still half awake at this time, hadn't touched my coffee and his request to put the waffle in the toaster oven was barely registered in my brain, he didn't approve. As anger and frustration grew in me I once again removed myself from the child and kitchen to the serene and peaceful scene on my back porch to still my mind and wait for him to calm down.
Daddy corrected his behavior and had him come give me a hug. I hugged him, oh how I love those babies hugs and wet sugars. I finished making his waffle and all is well once again.
The storms in our lives come and go like tyrrant waves crashing against a rocky coast line, water splashing over the other side of the boulder sized rocks-
Gods grace crashes on the rocks of our broken shorelines of emotions-
His waters soothe our heart, mind and soul with His love, His hope, His Peace, His comfort-
it is the home of nature where our souls long to be still and quiet within His gentle Presence.
He captivates our childlike wonder and curiosity with His grandiose promises of which no travel or venture in this world can give or offer.
He stills my wondering, calculating mind with His truth-
My trust in Him allows my mind to cease it's never ending thirst for answers and knowledge-
He's showed me His hand of love, which is greater
it quenches my curiosity, it is salve for all my wounds of the past and it is light in the darkness of what is still unknown of the present and the future yet to come.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Do You Struggle with Distractions Like I Do?

"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.

 My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." 

John 10:10

What a difference there is from God's purpose and the devils purpose. Do you struggle with distractions like I do? Do you find yourself luke warm for the purpose God's annointed and called you to because of these worldly desires and distractions? For me I've been spending too much time focusing on money: trying to sale things on fb resale, looking at stuff on there, talking about saving money in a group im in, looking for deals online. God is gentle and will nudge you with His soft but present conviction and He did this morning or maybe it was last night and I knew I needed to cut some cords and reprioritize and focus my attention.

"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24

How this verse from the Sermon on the Mount rings true for me today. It leaves a feeling of shame, guilt, disappointment but hope that I can correct my choices today and get back to my Master and devotion to Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Everything suffers when we are not focused on what's important; our job and calling in life.
Mine is as a wife, mom, and prison minister all these areas suffer when my attention is glued on the computer screen doing the things of the world and not of God. My kitchen is a little messier, I don't cook as much, the laundry doesn't get put up and piles up, the bathroom goes dirty, the living room doesn't get mopped, organized and swept, my husband doesn't get my encouragement and attention, my children don't get my joy and patience and attention it's just like the Word says the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy our lives and you see that's what happens when we put the treasures of this world in place of Jesus.

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6:21

I have been waisting too much time trying to help my husband earn extra money to put torwards our emergency fund and then debt as part of the dave ramsey program we're following. It might be ok for some to do this and you can tell if your efforts are rewarded or wasted mine have been misdirected. we have a crappy market for selling everyone wants something for nothing I have two dressers for $40 each nobody is interested in buying them everyone is wanting to buy so cheap it's blowing my time that I should be using to write to you, spend with my children, cooking, cleaning,  organizing, etc. I am the manager of my home when my husbands gone and when he's home i'm his assistant. This is God's plans i'm speaking of not my own. So I either waste more time or I give it to God, submit unto Him. Today I choose to submit. But each day you will have to keep those prioritize in check.

One helpful tool is a daily thankful journal where you write what you are thankful for or a praise you can do this in the morning and before you go to bed; I haven't done this in a long time- too long; it's time to start again so I remember why my devotion is with God and not this world and the things of this world.

Also, my husband and me have started to read in the Word together in the morning I think this is why I can clearly see my misdirection of time. This takes an effort as I must get up at 5-5:30 but it's so worth it to be filled with the Living Word-soul food with my husband first thing each morning before he goes and works hard at 2 jobs, he just has enough time to come home at 4, eat something, say hello, take a shower, shave and goes to his second job from 5:30-11:30 and later. He's sacrificing his time, his sleep, his interests, for his family because we were convinced of what the Word of God says

"Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender." and the verse right above that instructs us to: "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." We are doing this by taking the time to get out of debt now so when are children are grown they can look to us as a good biblical example and that will make all the difference in the world that money or mere talk can not buy- the impression of your example living it out.

"A Time for Everything Ecclesiastes 3

 "For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.
What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God."
dont let the devil take your joy from you, find that joy in Christ alone and he cant!

Love you in Christ's Love, Sister Kim Fincher

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