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Lenten Walk - Day 2
I prayerfully continued my Lenten Journey by praying over my paycheck. Yes, I asked God to stretch it as far as it could go, but it doesn't look like it will cover all the bills, but the Mortgage and car insurance are covered, and that's a good thing, I believe in all things we got to pray. So even in bill paying - I pray.
1 Timothy 5:8 says: But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. So I guess I am covered the family will have a roof over their heads. Seriously though I can understand that scripture - God give us-- for us--to take care of others. It is a pay forward situation. God gives, we give. We even give back to God!
A New Plan
I guess I was inspired by God, because all good things come from Him and Pinterest. LOL - I say that because I went on Pinterest and looked up articles and hints of frugal living. I learned a few things and one was I need to some how start a savings plan - something to fall back on. I need something to fall back on and right now, I have nothing.
What I plan on doing with each paycheck is to take the odd amount at the end of my pay and deposit it in the savings account - which happens to be $46.08. I have only one bill I could possible pay with that and that would be gas. Now I know if I kept it in my checking account I would pay something with it or use the ATM at the store. If it is not actively at my reach easily I won't spend it. However, if something urgent would come up it is there in my savings. NOW!!!! if I could not spend it and saved it for a year I would have $1,198 in my savings (I get paid every other week) I don't see that happening though. But at least the money is there.
Do you know that I actually feel better today knowing there is $46.08 in my savings? Who would of know it.
Another Way to Save
Have you ever done the 52 week challenge? I did it last year and it was good for me, even though I couldn't make it through the whole year I did it up to vacation time and used the money for vacation. Every year I go with my friends to Hershey, PA to see Joyce Meyers. I love her and she is such an inspirational speaker.
Anyway, the idea is simple. During the first week of the year, you save $1. During the second week, you save $2. Keep adding a dollar each week so that during the last week of the year, you’re socking away $52. Even without interest, this adds up to $1,378 over the course of a year.
This is a great plan, BUT- I haven't been able to start it this year since I never seem to have a buck in wallet since the beginning of the year.
BUT - I will tonight but in at least a buck. I have an old diaper wipes container in my nightstand and I put the money in there and then cross off the line - even if I borrowed out of it last year - I put it back in - I just don't know why I am so far behind this year.
A Few Scriptures to help us
I decided to post a few financial scriptures to let us know that we can do it through the help of God.
1. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. ~ Psalm 115:14 KJV
2. The lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. ~ Psalm 34:10 NIV
3. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today. ~ Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV
4. Praise the Lord, who carries our burdens day after day, He is the God who saves us. ~ Psalm 68:19 GNT
5. The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ~ Psalm 24:1
6. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosper. ~ 3 John 1:2 KJV
7. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. ~ Deuteronomy 28:6 NIV
Now with thoughts like that we can certainly be the victors in the financial war with ourselves.