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Money Matters

Filed under: — jen d @ 1:46 pm

I “visited” my apartment for the first time last week this past Saturday. You can imagine the pile of bills and other junk mail that tumbled out of my post box when I was finally able to check it. Among these was my first electricity bill. I was too busy to open it that night, so I stuck it in my bag along with my latest bank statement, a new writing magazine (I’ve yet to crack the front cover), and my unopened car insurance bill. Out of sight, out of mind? I don’t think so. That night I had a dream. Actually, it was more like a nightmare. It featured an electricity bill in the amount of $360.00. Yes, I remember. It came with an itemized list of charges for “special parts.” I don’t know what the special parts were, but such is the nature of night horrors.

So, you see, this matter of worrying about finances has not been completely resolved. When I said the Lord was still workin’ on me, I meant to include that He’s only begun to strip me of my financial worry, which has apparently penetrated my subconscious. (My unconscious? Whatever. The tip of that iceberg surfaces often enough, wherever it’s floating.)

Anyway, I finally (with bated breath) opened that bill last night and had to laugh at myself; $16.31 wasn’t so bad, afterall, considering I’ve budgeted $50/month for electricity in the first place.

*sigh* (of relief and disappointment in self)

Still no word on whether or not I will get a refund for that $150 tow job, though. But that’s okay. Because the Lord has already provided over $300 of extra income this month. Actually, by month’s end it will be more in the vaccinity of $1,100+ extra income. And, yes, most of it will go towards those added expenses. But I still might have a little left over when all is said and done. Not that I deserve it! Why is it that all of the unexpected extra expenses stick out in my mind, and not the providential extra income? Maybe writing about it in a public blog will help me to remember…

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [7] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ESV

Phil 4:19

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. ESV

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