Faith and Finances: Introduction

God has truly blessed me with the gift of budgeting and being able to spend money wisely. You may be wondering how faith and finances go together. Well, I believe that God is my ultimate provider, and that I am a manager of what He has blessed me with here on this earth. Meaning, that I should be wise with what I’m spending, and how I’m spending. God desires to be glorified in all areas of our lives, including our finances.

Back in the fall of 2014, I attended a Bible study at a campus ministry that I went to once a week. On this particular night, there was a guest speaker that shared with us the importance of tithing, and giving our finances to God. He spoke of how he had prayed for certain things, and God answered. He went from not having much, to eventually getting numerous promotions at his job. I noticed that not only was he surrendering his finances completely to God, but he was also praying God’s Word over his finances.

10c781b96ae9c77494b8d0398a70ac0aSo, I decided to do the same thing. I wanted to test this practice out. I began to see God’s favor in my finances, and it became normal for me. There have been times where I needed a specific amount of money, and God will either use someone to bless me with that exact amount, or He will bless me with an opportunity that will allow me to make that exact amount of money. There have also been times where God has exceeded my expectations and blessed me with much more than I prayed for.

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

 

I was having a conversation with one of my [former] co-workers a couple of years ago. She told me about some things that she was going through, and how someone had asked for prayer for something that she thought was so miniscule. “I just don’t feel like God cares about little things like that,” she said. I told her that the same God who knows the number of hairs on your head, cares about that too.

I know this because like I said, I tested it. I went through a time where I gained 10 pounds in just a few months. I welcomed the weight gain, but I was no longer able to fit most of my clothes. However, shopping was not in my budget! So, I took it to God. I prayed about something as “small” as clothing, because God said that He clothes the lillies in the field, and that He will also take care of me (Matthew 6:28-30 – NLT). I prayed for a specific amount, and God faithfully blessed me with even more than I prayed for, just a couple weeks later.

He used this situation to build my faith and to show me that He truly is concerned with our concerns. Even with all that is happening in today’s world, and everything else that I could have prayed for, God still answered my prayers about things that others would consider trivial.

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Have you ever felt like my coworker? Like perhaps God doesn’t care about something that you deem as small? He’s not too busy. And He’s not too far away. God genuinely cares about every detail concerning your life, just as a loving parent cares about their child.

If a child could no longer fit their clothes, a loving parent would do what they could to provide for them. They would starve before they allowed their child to go hungry. Whether that child broke their arm or got a paper cut, a loving parent still cares about how their child feels in that moment, and wants to be there for them.

In the same way, God cares. His plan is not to allow you to go on suffering and struggling, but to give you an abundant life! It says it in John 10:10 (KJV):

“The thief cometh not but to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Don’t be afraid to tell God about whatever is on your mind. He is listening. He’s not too busy to provide your need or to give you your desires. In what ways can you trust God with your finances? Is it believing that He will continue to provide for you? Are you searching for a new job? Do you desire more?

When you begin to view your finances as God’s finances, and His gift to you, it becomes more natural to surrender. If your money is really God’s money, then you can have peace in knowing that He will continuously take care of you and not allow you to fail. If your money is God’s money, then you will be more willing to use it to bless others, and to give back to God’s Kingdom.

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Stay tuned for more ways to practically surrender your finances to God! And in the meantime, study what God has to say about finances. The promises in His Word apply directly to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,โ€ says theย Lordย of Heavenโ€™s Armies, โ€œI will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you wonโ€™t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!

Malachi 3:10 (NLT)

1 Year VegiVersary!!!

Disclaimer: This post was not made with the intention to bash meat-eaters. I am simply sharing my experience, with the hope that you will be informed and inspired. Meat eaters and non-meat eaters [is that a word?] are all welcomed here! ๐Ÿ™‚

Where do you get your protein? What do you eat? So that’s why you’re so small… You need some meat on your bones!! Can I be honest? I never thought that I would be faced with answering questions about veganism or vegetarianism, because I never thought that I would stop eating meat. Not for a day, or a week, and definitely not a full year!

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So what happened? I decided to try no-meat for one week, as a fast. I liked it much more than I thought I would. Surprisingly, I discovered that I really could live without meat.

Wait. I need to rewind. I can’t go any further without expressing how much of a meat eater I really was. I’ve only had cheese pizza twice in my life, because I wouldn’t eat pizza without meat on it (and pizza has always been my favorite food!). I remember almost going one day without meat, and then going into the kitchen to get a slice of ham… because what’s a day without meat? Thanks to my granny ๐Ÿ™‚ I was eating chicken and sucking bones before I ever had teeth!

Eating meat was all I knew. I actually thought that not eating meat was silly, over-the-top, and I couldn’t understand it. I even made jokes about vegetarians ๐Ÿ™ But after a few years of research, this lifestyle became more and more intriguing. It was something that I wanted to try, but I wasn’t fully committed to making that step.

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A few days before I went vegan, Sonic had their famous 50 cent corn dogs, and I couldn’t resist. I ate 7 of them. No, that’s not a typo. I felt so full and stuffed. It reminded me of how I always felt on Thanksgiving, after gobbling down so much food. It reminded me of how lately, I had started feeling nauseous at times after eating fried chicken.

So what changed once I stopped eating meat?

  1. I was able to sleep again. For so many years, it would take me forever to go to sleep – sometimes up to an hour. If I woke up in the night, which was often, I couldn’t fall back to sleep. It was normal for me to go days without getting enough sleep. I stopped eating meat, and I have slept better than I have in years.
  2. I have more energy. The foods I eat now fuel me, instead of take away from me.
  3. My recovery time after work-outs is much better! No more being sore for 2-3 days after a strenuous work-out. I am also able to run at whatever time of day I please, as opposed to only running in the morning or afternoons. Before i stopped eating meat, I couldn’t run in the evening, or I couldn’t run as long, because I would be so bogged down and drained. But now, I can run in the evening, even after eating.
  4. My eye sight has improved! I will be visiting the eye doctor within the next month to get actual numbers. But I have noticed that things that I were once not able to see, are much clearer.
  5. My digestion has improved! And that’s all I’ll say about that.
  6. I have noticed that I’m more sensitive to my body’s needs. For example, I am able to tell if I haven’t had enough water at a certain part throughout the day. Or, if my fierce stomach pains [and next-day break-out] is because I ate something with dairy in it. What’s that smell? Oh, that’s me not eating meat and having stronger senses.
  7. I’m pretty much frightened by most animals, so I was never a big animal person. However, I see them in a new light now. Learning about what they go through, just so that we can have BBQ or ice cream, really opened my eyes. I have more compassion towards animals, which I never thought I would say!
  8. I just feel… better. Not eating meat gives me a sense of fulfillment and clarity that I can’t really put into words. Veganism makes me feel pure and clean.

 

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Needless to say, not eating meat has made such a difference in my life. A lot of people ask me what the difference between being vegan and vegetarian is. A vegetarian diet is not eating meat. A vegan diet is not eating meat or anything else that comes from an animal [eggs, dairy, honey, etc.]. For the first 3 months of my journey, I was vegan, then vegetarian, and then vegan again. I’ve pretty much switched between the two for the past year.

Will I ever go back to eating meat? My mom always says, “Don’t say what you’ll never do.” When I stopped getting my hair chemically processed, I knew after some time that I never wanted to get a relaxer again. #Natural4Life #HappilyNappy … I digress. During the few times that I did eat meat during the past year (about 6 times), it just didn’t feel right. It provoked feelings of nausea, fullness and guilt. And it didn’t taste the same! As of right now, I’m content with not eating meat and during this 2nd year, I would like to consistently eat a vegan diet, and not switch to vegetarian.

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Many people ask if I miss eating meat. The only thing I missed, was my meat lovers pizza! I recently discovered a vegan, supreme pizza from Daiya ๐Ÿ™‚ What a blessing! I am celebrating my 1 Year VegiVersary with my favorite junk food and All-Star Weekend.

 

Stay tuned for more posts on the plant-based diet and different recipes and alternatives that I like to use! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, or, would just like to talk! I won’t bite, I promise – I’m vegan ๐Ÿ˜€

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โ€œBut Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine โ€ฆ Then Daniel asked โ€ฆ โ€˜Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.โ€™ โ€ฆ At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.โ€

Daniel 1:8, 11โ€“12, 15

Chosen For Such A Time As This [New Book!!!]

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved writing. Whether it was poetry, short stories, plays, or just my thoughts, writing has been a part of my life. Growing up, I enjoyed reading, and always wanted to write my own book. However, I didn’t know what exactly I would write, or how it would be published.

In 2015, I wrote my first book. Just about every single day, for months, I worked diligently on this project. It was not an easy process, but I kept going because I knew that God had given me wisdom to share. And He was still teaching me the things that I was writing about.

My plan was to publish the book in 2016, but when the time came, I was afraid. What will people think? I’m not even worthy of writing a book or sharing this information. I have to be perfect. People are going to judge me. No one will buy it. There were so many thoughts that plagued my mind. I knew that God wanted me to do this, so I prayed that He would change my heart and deliver me from the fear of what other people thought of me. I prayed that I would view myself the right way and that I would be okay with sharing my heart and being vulnerable. I asked God to let me know exactly when to publish my book.

People that knew I had written a book would occasionally ask about how it was going. I would give them a rehearsed answer and then change the subject. Eventually, my heart began to change and I knew that God was preparing me to finally publish.

It was now 2017 and I no longer cared about what people thought. I was okay with being vulnerable because I knew that God had birthed a message within me, and I needed to share it. I was not concerned about being judged, but I desired to please God and to walk by faith in doing what He had asked me to do. I wasn’t worried about who would or wouldn’t buy it. I prayed that God would use it to bless everyone who read it, and that He would lead the right people to this book. That’s the same prayer that I prayed during the writing process and I believe that God will do just that!

On Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2018 – I published my first book! It is available for purchase here on Amazon.

 

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The reason why it is called Chosen For Such A Time As This, is because I believe that God will place us exactly where we need to be, when we need to be there. No matter what season you are in, there is beauty in that season. This book was written to encourage single women, but I address issues that many women face today, so I also encourage married women to check it out as well. It highlights that regardless of your marital status, the most important relationship that we could ever have, is with Our Savior, Jesus Christ. And through that relationship, we will be made whole, and we will find contentment through Him.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made with a unique purpose that only you can carry out. Despite what you’ve gone through, what you’ve done, or whatever is happening right now, God has a plan for your life. He created this plan long before you were born; He knew you before you were born! Even if you are not able to see it right now, you were chosen for such a time as this. There is beauty in your season and in this journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

Before each chapter of this book was written, I had a conversation with God. I prayed about what He wanted me to write and how He wanted me to say it. I prayed for each person that would be reading this book, and how it would impact their lives. If you do choose to purchase this book, I pray that it inspires you. I pray that it encourages you, motivates you, and brings you closer to God. And if there is something that God is leading you to do, if He’s revealing your purpose to you or speaking to you about an assignment, go for it! Walk by faith. Trust that He will bless you with the resources that you need, and the support that you need. God is always with you, ready to guide you and take you to beautiful places far beyond what you could ever imagine!

 

With Love,

Jheralynne