Thursday, November 14, 2013

no spend november {update}

at the beginning of the month i decided i wanted to challenge myself to not spending any money on myself. the first week or so went great--i wasn't interested in buying anything & i was presented with multiple opportunities to bless others! as i was driving to north carolina this past weekend though i started thinking.. not spending any money isn't exactly what my heart needed. spending money on myself isn't the issue. not blessing others and spending money on myself instead is the issue. my selfish desires were getting in the way of me being a good steward of my money. as we step into the be rich season at church and we focus on following paul's command in 1 timothy 6:18 "to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share" i realize that banning myself from spending money isn't going to solve the problem in my heart. it's much bigger than taking hold of my selfishness. so far we are 14 days into november. i have already been given opportunity after opportunity to bless others in ways i was not prepared for. i have had the privilege of shopping with my husband for 2 sweet kiddos at my school who come from homes that can't provide christmas, i've been able to donate to a sweet family's adoption by buying a t-shirt, i've been able to go shopping with my small group for action ministries in athens to buy supplies they are in need of, etc. etc. etc. the amount of money i have spent on myself has remained low and it's not because i told myself i wasn't allowed to spend any money. it's because i rather spend my money on things that matter. things that will help other people. this is not about proving to myself that i can live on less this is about giving myself to god and experiencing the joy of serving others. 

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  1. Love this I felt the same call while in church this past week. My husband and I just moved to a new state at the beginning of the school year and since we moved after the beginning of school I have not been able to find a teaching position as of yet. I've really been struggling with this season but The Lord has been showing me that he has a purpose for me during this time and I think a big part of that is to be an encouragement and blessing to others while I have lots of time to do that. It's so great to see other young couples our age who are focused on things above more than things here on earth. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and truth, I really enjoy reading your blog!

  2. LOVE this post! And your heart. I need to do this and take a step back and really evaluate where my money is truly going. Thank you for being an inspiration!

  3. Love this concept! You are truly such an inspiration!


  4. Great post, Jame!!!! I love it and your heart for people