I have been afraid of money . . .
afraid that understanding finances
would make me cold,
that preferring security
makes me faithless,
that wishing for prosperity
makes me greedy.
Please clear my heart of fear,
so that You can finally provide for me
by teaching me to provide for myself.
Grant me the courage to put a price on my work,
the wisdom to govern my finances,
the peace of mind to enjoy prosperity without guilt.
And as You teach me self-sufficiency,
please keep my priorities in check,
that I may spend what I earn in a way that honors
myself, my world, and You.
Women want security: Lots of it, and all kinds. We want the security of a loving partner. The security of knowing the people we love are safe. The security of a relationship with God. Our desire for security is rooted in love.
But when it comes to financial security, love changes everything.
Meg will tell you. She got into money trouble because she loves buying things. It’s a simple problem really, too much money going out, not enough coming in.
One day Meg said, “Enough!” Her prayer that day was for wisdom to create a budget and the strength to stick to it. Income in one column, living expenses in the other. Calculate the difference and presto! She knew what she could spend on extras and how much she would set aside for savings.
Every single day Meg adds a prayer of restraint to her devotional. She is sticking to her budget. Meg is finding herself moving away from the love of things and closer to the kind of generosity that has no price tag.