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The Joyful Act of Giving to God

Many times, people view giving to God as a chore, much like paying taxes to the government. Some give reluctantly, feeling obligated. Others do it to show off, while some claim they can’t afford to give anything—neither money nor time. However, there’s a special blessing reserved for those who give joyfully and generously to serve God.

Consider Jacob, who, after receiving God’s blessing, embarked on a journey in Genesis 28:10-22:

Jacob was on the move, away from his family due to a deceptive act against his brother, Esau. One night, he had a remarkable dream where he saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, with angels ascending and descending. God stood above it and made a promise to Jacob, affirming His presence and commitment to him.

Jacob awoke from this profound experience, declaring, “Surely the LORD is in this place!” Overwhelmed, he anointed a stone pillar, naming it Bethel, meaning “house of God.” Jacob also made a heartfelt vow, saying, “The LORD will be my God. This stone will be God’s house, and I will give a tenth of all He gives me.”

Jacob’s commitment to give joyfully didn’t stem from obligation or pride. He had experienced life without God’s guidance, leading to selfishness and deceit. His offering wasn’t just about money; it was a profound commitment to God, made long before he earned or experienced success.

Jacob’s heartfelt covenant with God went beyond finances, signifying his wholehearted dedication after a powerful encounter with God in a dream.

So, when you give, do it joyfully, not out of obligation. Offer your thanks and praise to God for His continued blessings and presence in your life. Take a moment to pray, inviting God to reveal Himself to you and fill your heart with gratitude and commitment to follow Him wholeheartedly.

May your finances be a tool for God’s work, and your journey toward financial wisdom be guided by His grace.

In stewardship and faith,

John Golda
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Heartfelt Spending: A Divine Partnership in Finance

Have you ever felt the gentle tug on your heart, urging you to give more than you’re comfortable with, especially when it comes to your finances? Our loving Father cares about how we spend our money, not out of need or desire for obedience, but because He wants our hearts. He seeks a profound and personal relationship with each of us, grounded in love and trust.

Open your heart to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, especially in financial matters. There are moments when the Lord may ask you to contribute more than seems practical or aligns with your budget. It’s in these instances that He invites us to join Him in a work already underway—an opportunity to be a vital part of His plan.

Much like a parent inviting their children to assist with household tasks, our Father delights in our participation. While He could accomplish His goals without us, He prefers to work with us, finding joy in our collaboration.

In Exodus 25:1-9, the Lord instructs Moses to gather contributions for the sanctuary. It’s a call for offerings, not out of obligation but from those whose hearts are moved. The materials specified are diverse, reflecting the beauty of a united community coming together for a shared purpose.

It’s not uncommon for individuals to feel uneasy about giving generously and fully surrendering their finances to the Lord. If this resonates with you, take a moment to submit to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you in this area. Embrace the glorious opportunity to participate with God in what He is already doing. Don’t decline His invitation, thinking there’s something more worthwhile or just because you desire to accumulate more wealth.

Remember, God desires your heart, and when you trust Him with your finances, you enter into a divine partnership that goes beyond monetary transactions—it’s an investment in a relationship that brings eternal returns.

May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you as you embark on this journey of heartfelt spending.

In stewardship and faith,

John Golda
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Investing in God’s Kingdom: A Call to Diversify Your Portfolio

Have you ever considered diversifying your financial portfolio to include investments in the work of our LORD? In the hustle and bustle of managing our finances, it’s easy to overlook the immense value of contributing to the kingdom of God. It’s a form of diversification where treasures don’t rot or rust, where investments are stored up in heaven.

Luke 8:1-3 offers a profound example of this principle in action. As Jesus traveled from city to city, proclaiming the kingdom of God, there were not only the twelve disciples by His side, but also women—Mary Magdalene, Joanna (the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward), Susanna, and many others. What’s striking is that these women weren’t just passive observers; they were actively contributing to the support of Jesus’ ministry out of their private means.

Consider this: Jesus, with His divine power, could have easily made money appear when needed (as demonstrated when He paid the temple tax with a coin from a fish’s mouth – Matthew 17:27). However, He chose a different path. He wanted to showcase the beauty of believers actively supporting one another in the proclamation and preaching of the kingdom of God. There is a time to give and a time to receive.

If you’re already engaged in the work of the LORD, don’t shy away from accepting support from those who wish to partner with you in your ministry or activities. It’s not just about financial transactions; it’s about fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility in spreading the gospel.

So, as you manage your financial affairs, take a moment to seek the LORD prayerfully. Set aside a portion of your resources to support kingdom work. Just as in earthly investments, diversification is key. Invest not only in your earthly future but also in the eternal future that awaits, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:20).

Remember, there is immense joy and fulfillment in actively participating in God’s work, both in giving and receiving. As a body of Christ, let’s embrace the call to share the gospel, supporting one another and investing in the kingdom of God. May your financial endeavors align with God’s plans, bringing blessings not only to you but to His kingdom.

May your wealth be a tool for God’s work, and your journey toward financial wisdom be guided by His grace.

In stewardship and faith,

John Golda
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Love and Trust in Money? or God?

Have You Ever Felt the Weight of Trusting in Money?

Have you ever found yourself placing your trust in the promises of wealth? It’s a common narrative in our world—a story where financial success seems synonymous with security and self-sufficiency.

But here’s the twist: this path, often paved with high salaries and apparent confidence, may not be the steadfast foundation we perceive it to be.

Join me in exploring a truth that resonates beyond the material façade—a truth that transcends the transient nature of riches. Let’s delve into a profound Psalm, inviting a perspective shift that redirects our trust from the fleeting promises of wealth to the unwavering embrace of our Heavenly Father.

In the pursuit of wealth, the danger lies not in money itself but in our relationship with it. As Matthew 6:24 warns, we cannot serve both God and wealth. The love of money, described in 1 Timothy 6:10, can lead to various evils and griefs, steering us away from our faith.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

In contrast, true peace and joy emerge not from accumulating riches but from building a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As Psalm 23 beautifully illustrates, our Shepherd guides us to green pastures and quiet waters, restoring our souls. In Him, we find comfort, abundance, and an unwavering source of peace.

Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.

3He restores my soul; he guides me in the paths of righteousness  for His name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Let this be our parting wisdom: prioritize the pursuit of a rich spiritual life over the relentless chase for material wealth. Treasure the moments of prayer and study, allowing God’s guidance to lead you in paths of righteousness. Embrace Psalm 23 as your guide, trusting that goodness and lovingkindness will follow you all the days of your life.

May your wealth be a tool for God’s work, and your journey toward financial wisdom be guided by His grace.

In stewardship and faith,

John Golda
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Setting the Ethical Compass: A Guiding Light in the Business Realm

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, the question isn’t just “can we?” but rather, “should we?”

The compass guiding our ethical decisions extends beyond the realm of laws written by men; it finds its true north in the unchanging standards defined by God.

Proverbs 22:1 reminds us that a good name is more valuable than great wealth, emphasizing the enduring importance of ethical conduct. Proverbs 22:5 cautions us about the thorns and snares on the path of the perverse, urging us to guard ourselves against unethical practices. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 echoes the sentiment, underlining the accountability we hold before God for every hidden act, be it good or evil.

As we navigate the complex terrain of business decisions, let’s not wait until the moment of choice to define our ethical standard. By proactively establishing a framework based on God’s principles, we pave the way for decisions that honor not just legality, but the higher calling of morality and compassion.

Consider this:

Will your pursuit of profit overshadow the well-being of those you serve?

Will you uphold truth and integrity, or succumb to the allure of deceptive gains?

The answer lies not just in the legality of actions but in the reflection of a well-defined ethical standard based on God’s word.

Let’s be architects of a business culture that echoes Proverbs 22:1 – valuing a good name over immense wealth, and recognizing that favor far surpasses silver and gold.

May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you. Remember, the compass of integrity points beyond legality; it aligns with the timeless standards set by God.

Before you close , I invite you to reflect on the ethical standards you hold.

Share your thoughts, discuss, and seek wisdom in the company of trusted friends or family.

Let your journey towards God’s standards of excellence be a shared endeavor, fostering growth, and understanding.

May our businesses reflect not just prosperity but a commitment to ethical principles that withstand the test of time. 🌐💼

👇 Share your reflections below and engage in meaningful conversations with those you trust. Let’s build a community of ethical leaders! 👇

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In God We Trust… Not in the Illusion of Refuge in Money

Have you ever found yourself entrapped in the illusion that more wealth equates to lasting security?

It’s a seductive narrative weaved into the fabric of our culture – a narrative that Psalm 49 compellingly unravels.

Join me in a journey of profound reflection as we challenge the very essence of where we anchor our trust. 💰🕊️

Psalm 49 – The Folly of Trusting in Riches

The psalmist addresses people from all walks of life, emphasizing the transient nature of both the rich and the poor. They challenge the prevailing notion that material abundance ensures safety.

(Summarized and continued after the scripture.)

Psalm 49

The Folly of Trusting in Riches.

For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

     1Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

      2Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.

      3My mouth will speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.

      4I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will express my riddle on the harp.

      5Why should I fear in days of adversity,
When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,

      6Even those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the abundance of their riches?

      7No man can by any means redeem his brother
Or give to God a ransom for him—

      8For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever—

      9That he should live on eternally,
That he should not undergo decay.

      10For he sees that even wise men die;
The stupid and the senseless alike perish
And leave their wealth to others.

      11Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.

      12But man in his pomp will not endure;
He is like the beasts that perish.

      13This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of those after them who approve their words.


      14As sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
Death shall be their shepherd;
And the upright shall rule over them in the morning,
And their form shall be for Sheol to consume
So that they have no habitation.

      15But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol,
For He will receive me.


      16Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;

      17For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
His glory will not descend after him.

      18Though while he lives he congratulates himself—
And though men praise you when you do well for yourself—

      19He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They will never see the light.

      20Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,
Is like the beasts that perish.

Key Reflections:

  1. Wealth Cannot Redeem Souls: No amount of riches can redeem a soul. The cost is too high, and no one can ransom another before God. Earthly wealth cannot secure eternity.
  2. Temporal Nature of Riches: Despite the illusion of permanence, even the wise and wealthy face mortality. They cannot carry their riches beyond death. Earthly glory fades away. Both the rich and the foolish face the inevitability of death. In the end, material wealth offers no permanent refuge. It is but temporary
  3. Eternal Value of Trust in God: Trusting in wealth is likened to the folly of beasts that perish. In contrast, trusting in God transcends mortal boundaries. God alone can redeem our souls from the power of Sheol.

Implications for Our Lives: As we navigate the complexities of wealth, let’s be mindful of its temporal nature. Instead of placing unwavering trust in earthly riches, let’s recognize money as a tool that can either bless us or become a distraction.

Practical Steps:

  1. Align Priorities: Consider what truly matters beyond material possessions. Align your priorities with eternal values rather than temporary gains.
  2. Stewardship: Use wealth wisely as a tool for God’s purposes. Be a good steward, recognizing that money, while valuable, is not the foundation of our security.
  3. Eternal Perspective: Cultivate an eternal perspective. In moments of financial success or struggle, remember that our ultimate security lies in God, who redeems us from the power of Sheol.

In a world fixated on wealth, let’s heed the timeless wisdom of Psalm 49. Money, though useful, is fleeting. Our trust and security find their true foundation in God.

Reflect on these verses, and share your insights or questions in the comments.

Together, let’s build a perspective anchored in the eternal. 📖🙏

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Avoid The Christmas Hangover – Spending, Debt, and Stress

Christmas is a holiday with many competing areas of focus. Some manage to stay focused on the Lord, but there are many distractions.

Some focus on family, but one can easily get caught up in a month long stress about the “perfect holiday” and “who is or is not coming” and “do we have the perfect gifts for everyone”, etc.

I have seen people who strive to genuinely follow Jesus yield a month of every year to stress associated with the Christmas holiday, and almost none of it is focused on actually celebrating Christ.

Others get lost in debt, convinced by marketing and our culture that to celebrate Christmas requires spending lots of money, often money they don’t have. For the record, even “good discounts” cost you money unless you were going to buy that item anyway. It costs even more if you buy other stuff along with the thing that was on sale. That is why the companies selling you things run the sales… to make money, not to save you money!

Often this debt creates stress that lasts for months after Christmas is over as the credit card bills roll in.

Rather than waiting for that after Christmas “hangover” to set in along with the credit card bills and extra 5 pounds you put on by eating too much… consider challenging some of the holiday cultural norms.

1. Cut Down Your Gift List

Buying gifts for everyone you know is not necessary. Instead of buying gifts out of obligation for many with whom you are not close, just make a point to be nice to them all year round. Treat them with kindness and sensitivity and they will know you care for them even if you do not give them a gift.

If they only like you when they receive a gift, then they are not really your friend anyway. If you are concerned that they will buy for you and you will not have something for them, just have a real conversation with them about managing your expenses and budget responsibly and encourage them not to give something to you.

If they are not close enough to you to have this conversation, then why are you even exchanging gifts with them? In some cases, it may be very important to someone close to you to exchange gifts… go ahead if you want to.

2. Set a Reasonable Budget

Contrary to advertising… you do not need to buy a car, a diamond, gold jewelry, expensive electronics, etc. for people just because it is Christmas. If you don’t show them that you love them throughout the year, you will not fool them with an expensive gift in December.

For those with whom you want to give or exchange presents, you can set a reasonable budget for each person and then stick to it. This helps you set your overall Christmas budget in a predictable instead of impulsive way.

3. Plan Ahead and Avoid Credit Card Debt

Once you decide who you will get gifts for and how much to spend, you have a good estimate for your budget planning. Now divide by 11 and start saving it each month starting in January and continuing through November. Inevitably you will still have surprise expenses in December from the season’s activities, so you don’t plan on taking money for gifts from that month’s budget.

4. Redirect the Spirit of Giving

You can even consider replacing your current gift exchange traditions with a donation to a charity or family in need… someone you can give to in God’s name with no hope of receiving a gift in return. You will spend less money and honor God more.

If you find yourself condemning me as “Grinch”… I do not mind. You are not alone, but you are in fact also not correct. If Christmas is all about giving and getting gifts as the centerpiece and focus, then it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ and is simply a pagan festival where people want to get a lot of expensive stuff from each other.

The alternative is to recognize that gifts are intended not as the focus, but as a means of showing those closest to us that we were thinking of them. That does not require spending lots of money, despite what our culture would have us believe.

Besides, you can  give gifts to those you love any time during the year… it does not have to be at Christmas.

Dispelling Misconceptions about Gift-Giving and Examining Biblical Truths

Many tell us that giving gifts is a tradition originated to honor God’s gift to us in the birth of Jesus Christ or because of the acts of the real man who came to be known as Saint Nicholas. Though many give with this in mind, the fact is that this is not the accurate origin of gift exchange. In fact, gift giving to children in late December did not start with Christian origins, but rather as part of a pagan celebration of the sun god, Saturnalia, in ancient Rome. It is easy to research for yourself… even in Christian history encyclopedias such as by Zondervan.

Let’s explore the gift giving tradition further and test if it is even consistent with celebrating Jesus’ birth according to the principles of the Biblical record of that glorious event. Does this tradition point to or honor God, or is it just a tradition of men and a potential distraction from God?

Mary and Joseph did not get gifts for one another or even for Jesus and they knew who He was and that He would be born soon.

The shepherds came to celebrate and honor God. They did what they were commanded by God to do… which did not involve bringing gifts.

The wise men did not even come when Jesus was born… contrary to common tradition.  Scripture tells us they came and found Jesus in a house, not a manger. Herod killed all the male children two years and younger… not a week and younger, or even a few months and younger. It was likely they arrived over a year after Jesus was born. When they did come, they brought gifts to honor God. They did not exchange gifts with each other, nor did they expect to receive gifts in return from Joseph and Mary.

I should not fail to mention that God came down as Jesus to die for us and while this is a great gift, He expects no gift from us in return.

So if you really want to focus on giving gifts to honor Christian traditions… give in a way that honors God to those who will not be able to give anything in return. You will honor God more, find more joy and peace instead of stress, and spend less.

Wrapping up

If suggestion number 4 seems overwhelming… start with suggestions number 1-3. The less focus you put on gift exchange, the more focus you will find is available to consider God’s gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ. You will have more time and less stress to enjoy the holidays and hopefully you will not have the Christmas “hangover” in January.

Yours in Christ,


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Traversing Life’s Banquet: A Proverbial Feast of Wisdom 🔍

In life’s grand banquet, not everyone offering a seat at their table is to be taken at face value. Some extend invitations with a smile while harboring hidden resentments. As we navigate this complex social feast, Proverbs 23 serves as a profound guide, offering insights into discerning conduct, financial prudence, and the pursuit of godly wisdom.

Key Lessons from Proverbs 23:

  1. Dining with Discernment:
    • Before sitting at the table of influence, carefully consider what is before you. Proverbs 23:1 urges us to approach relationships and engagements thoughtfully, recognizing that not every offered delicacy comes with pure intentions.
  2. The Illusion of Wealth:
    • The pursuit of wealth can be deceptive. Verse 4 advises against wearying oneself solely for material gain. The transience of wealth is highlighted, emphasizing the importance of a balanced perspective on financial pursuits.
  3. Guarding Against Selfishness:
    • In the company of those whose hearts are not aligned with generosity, exercise caution. Verse 6 warns against partaking in the offerings of a selfish individual whose outward hospitality may mask inner motives. Genuine intentions should accompany shared meals.
  4. Discipline and Wisdom:
    • The passage underscores the value of discipline and the pursuit of wisdom. Applying one’s heart to discipline and ears to words of knowledge (verse 12) sets the foundation for a wise and discerning life.
  5. Living in the Fear of the LORD:
    • Proverbs 23:17 emphasizes the importance of living in the fear of the LORD. This reverence shapes our conduct and decisions, guiding us away from envy and towards a future anchored in hope.
  6. Avoiding Excess:
    • Caution against indulgence is prevalent throughout the chapter, from advising moderation in wine and food consumption (verses 20-21) to highlighting the consequences of lingering too long over excess (verse 30).
  7. The Value of Truth and Wisdom:
    • The chapter concludes with a powerful call to acquire truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. This pursuit, likened to buying precious commodities, is a lifelong investment that brings joy to parents and, ultimately, to the individual.

Practical Application: Navigating Life’s Banquet

  1. Discernment in Relationships:
    • Thoughtfully assess relationships, ensuring alignment with values and intentions. Not everyone extending an invitation has pure motives.
  2. Financial Prudence:
    • Be cautious of the deceptive allure of wealth. Weigh the true cost of pursuing material gain and seek a balanced perspective on financial pursuits.
  3. Generosity Over Selfishness:
    • Choose companionship marked by genuine generosity. Avoid partaking in the offerings of those whose hearts are not aligned with selflessness.
  4. Commitment to Discipline and Wisdom:
    • Embrace discipline and actively seek wisdom. Apply your heart to continuous learning and align your life with godly principles.
  5. Living in Reverence:
    • Foster a life anchored in the fear of the LORD. Let this reverence guide your decisions, leading away from envy and towards a future filled with hope.
  6. Moderation and Avoiding Excess:
    • Exercise moderation in all aspects of life, from consumption to indulgence. Steer clear of the pitfalls associated with excessive behaviors.
  7. Investing in Truth and Wisdom:
    • Recognize the value of truth, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Make a deliberate investment in acquiring these precious commodities for a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.

Closing Reflections: A Life Aligned with Wisdom

As we navigate life’s banquet, let Proverbs 23 be a compass guiding us through the intricacies of relationships, financial decisions, and the pursuit of wisdom. Seeking God’s counsel in every aspect of our lives ensures that our actions align with His principles. In claiming to follow Christ, let our lives be a harmonious testimony to His teachings, illuminating the path for others to discover the grace and wisdom found in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 🌟📖🍽️

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Smart Spending: Prioritize the Big, Save Big

Hey savvy savers! 💰✨ When it comes to cutting expenses, it’s not just about clipping coupons or switching to generic brands. Dive into the bigger picture by focusing on major expense categories first.

This approach, known as Pareto analysis, ensures you tackle the areas with the most significant impact on your budget.

🔍 Message: Begin by identifying your major expenses—housing, transportation, and long-term commitments. Remember, owning assets means not just their cost but also maintenance expenses.

Pare down your list, organizing from largest to smallest, and prioritize slashing costs in the bigger categories. Don’t ignore the small expenses, but don’t let them distract you from significant savings in larger areas.

The key is distinguishing between wants and needs. Set your budget based on income and long-term objectives before deciding what you can afford. Avoid the common pitfall of starting with pricey desires and then fitting them into your budget.

💰 Financial Wisdom: Say no to debt! Saving up for significant purchases like a house or car requires discipline and long-term planning, but it saves you a ton in the end. Patience and contentment are virtues that pay off. This goes for credit card debt too—avoid it like the plague. Remember, all you have belongs to God; manage your money His way.

Here are several common areas where families in the USA tend to have high spending:

Housing Costs:

    • Rent or Mortgage: Housing is often the most significant expense for families. Monthly rent or mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowners’ association fees, and maintenance costs can add up quickly.


    • Car Payments: Many families have car payments, and with the desire for newer models and additional vehicles, transportation costs can become substantial.
    • Fuel and Maintenance: Beyond the car payment, fuel, insurance, regular maintenance, and unexpected repairs contribute to high transportation expenses.


      • Insurance Premiums: Health insurance premiums, whether through an employer or independently, can be a major monthly expense.
      • Out-of-Pocket Costs: Co-pays, deductibles, and expenses not covered by insurance can quickly accumulate, especially for families with frequent healthcare needs. 


        • Tuition and School Fees: For families with children, private school tuition or higher education costs can be a significant financial burden.
        • Education-Related Expenses: Books, school supplies, extracurricular activities, and other education-related costs contribute to the overall spending.

Debt Payments:

    • Credit Card Debt: Families may accumulate credit card debt, and high-interest rates can result in substantial monthly payments.
    • Student Loans: For those who pursued higher education, student loan repayments can be a long-term financial commitment.

It’s important for families to carefully assess these areas and create a budget that allows for necessary expenses while also planning for savings and unexpected costs.

⚖️ Call to Action: Challenge yourself to reevaluate your expenses. Distinguish wants from needs, prioritize the big-ticket items, and resist the allure of debt.

Share your tips and insights in the comments to inspire others on their journey to financial freedom.

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Gratitude Unbound: A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Step into the melodic verses of Psalm 138, where the psalmist crafts a symphony of gratitude and unwavering confidence in the Almighty. As we traverse these soul-stirring words, let’s explore the power of thanksgiving and the assurance that comes from placing our trust in God, irrespective of our financial position.

Psalms 138

Thanksgiving for the LORD’S Favor.

A Psalm of David.

     1I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing praises to You before the gods.

      2I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

      3On the day I called, You answered me;
You made me bold with strength in my soul.

      4All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD,
When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

      5And they will sing of the ways of the LORD,
For great is the glory of the LORD.

      6For though the LORD is exalted,
Yet He regards the lowly,
But the haughty He knows from afar.

      7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.

      8The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Gratitude in All Financial Landscapes:

As we traverse the Psalm 138, let’s recognize the profound message it carries for our diverse financial positions. Whether we find ourselves on the peaks of prosperity or navigating the valleys of modest means, the heart of the psalmist resonates with timeless gratitude.

1. Thankfulness Beyond Wealth:

  • Gratitude isn’t exclusive to financial abundance; it’s a melody that echoes through the humblest of financial circumstances. The psalmist’s words remind us that thanksgiving is a timeless attitude, transcending the size of our bank accounts.

2. Confidence in Provision:

  • Regardless of our financial stature, Psalm 138 encourages us to find confidence in God’s provision. It’s not about the quantity of wealth but the unwavering assurance that our needs are seen, known, and met by a gracious Provider.

3. A Symphony of Contentment:

  • The exaltation of the Lord in this psalm isn’t dependent on opulence. Instead, it underscores the transformative power of centering our hearts on gratitude, finding contentment in the recognition of God’s provision, no matter the scale.

4. Assurance Amidst Financial Challenges:

  • In the face of financial troubles, Psalm 138 offers a profound assurance. It’s a declaration that even in economic challenges, we can find revival, resilience, and salvation in the unfailing hand of the Lord.

Reflecting on Financial Gratitude:

Let Psalm 138 inspire a symphony of gratitude in your life. Take a moment to consider the richness of thanksgiving, not just when the coffers overflow, but especially when navigating the more modest landscapes.

💬 Join the Conversation: Share your reflections on gratitude for God’s provision by commenting below.

How do you cultivate thankfulness in your financial journey, no matter the peaks or valleys?

Let’s harmonize our hearts in gratitude and inspire one another.

As we navigate Psalm 138, may our hearts resonate with gratitude, confident in the enduring provision of our faithful Provider. 🎶💰

Remember that all you have belongs to God. Manage your money God’s way and use it for His glory rather than your own. Visit .