Happy New Year! Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year!  Welcome 2013!

However you brought in the ringing of the new year last night, look up, it is a new day. The sun is shining and you are blessed to see another day and another new year. Yesterday is gone and forever done. Today is here and a new opportunity to walk in the purpose God has placed in your heart. Let’s make 2013 a year of purpose, a year of living out your passion and doing something meaningful. Think about it, what can you do to be a blessing to someone else today? Look for a way to make your creator smile!

More Blessed To Give Than To Receive

“More blessed to give than to receive”. When I was a kid, I never understood what that meant. I used to think that was something that parents just told you, but didn’t really mean, like “this is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you” as they were spanking you for doing something you knew was wrong. As a kid, I had zero responsibilities or financial cares, and even though we were never what anyone would call rich, we weren’t going hungry or wondering where our next meal was coming from. My parents both worked and provided a nice lifestyle for us. So I had no idea what in the world could be so great about giving, when receiving always seemed like the better end of the deal.

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…And then I grew up. I grew up and had a child of my own. I learned what it was to be financially, physically, and emotionally responsible for another human being. I learned what it was to have to make choices about what to do with limited resources as a single parent. And I learned what the generosity of loved ones and sometimes even strangers could do in meeting the needs of another. Gifts of baby clothes, childcare, scholarships to summer camps, outings to an amusement park or movie, little luxuries that often get missed when there is not enough money.

…And then I grew up some more. I found myself in a position to be a financial blessing to someone else. I realized that to come full circle from needing the gift to being able to give the gift meant that I had been entrusted by my heavenly Father with the responsibility of using what he had placed in my hands to be a blessing to someone else. That’s when I got it. That’s when I understood that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If God can trust you to get a blessing (to one of His children) through you, then He will get a blessing to you! Don’t miss the opportunity to be used by Him to bless someone else! It feels great ūüôā

So my advice to you is to look at your circumstances, and look in your hand, and no matter where you are in life there is someone in your path that you can be a blessing to. It doesn’t have to be money only – it could be time, it could be a kind word, it could be a craft or baked good. Look at what your Heavenly Father has placed in your care to bless another with. Release it and put it out in the universe! You will be richer for it!

Holiday countdown! 5 Days to Christmas!

Can you believe it?! ¬†It’s practically here. ¬†Most of us planned to make this be the first year that we finished our shopping early and refuse to go into debt over the holiday madness. ¬†The question is how many were able to stick to the commitment that we made to ourselves months ago? ¬†If you started shopping early, then congratulations to you because you probably saved money on the gifts that you bought weeks ago. ¬†And if you shopped only with cash and no credit, then you are a rock star! ¬†Because you can wrap up the holiday without having it follow you into the new year with high interest rates and lower credit scores. ¬†If you cannot take credit for either of these accomplishments then know that you are not alone, and we have work to do.

Let’s commit to do better. ¬†We will take one Bite Sized Piece at a time to financial freedom. ¬†Come and go with me.

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