$$$ : Give – Save – Spend

“When I make more, I’ll be able to give more.”

Heard that before?

I’m learning what it means to be content no matter what the circumstance.

  • Content with my possessions,
  • content with the size of my banking and investment accounts,
  • content with … you fill in the blank.

I’m learning to love people regardless of whether or not they can reciprocate things back to me.  That’s the heart of a giver.  That’s who we ought to be.

In the endless pursuit of finding balance in the handling of money, I hope you will set your heart on being a giver IN this current season.  As you pursue the principles of giving, saving and spending, keep this one piece of advice on the forefront of your mind … get out and stay out of debt.  You’ll never hear a lender tell you that.

GIVE – Let your generousity be be contagious.  It’ll change your world.

SAVE – Position yourself for the rainy days.  No matter how heavy the rain may get in some seasons, you’ll be able to come out unphased.

SPEND – Position yourself to live below your means, but enjoy the moments you’ve been given.

13 … and counting 

This is us.  

13 years ago today represents our arrival in Richmond VA. 

3 of us didn’t exist. 

2 of us didn’t have a clue about life, marriage or anything else EXCEPT one thing … God was with us. 

This picture pretty much sums up that moment. We weren’t ready. We had no plan. We just knew … God was in it. 

13 years later I still circle this city in my car praying for you. The love that God has given us for the people of this city is difficult to articulate but the love runs deep. 

13 years later I’ve never been more hopeful, more fired up and more motivated than I am now to see God do great things here alongside you. 

Richmond was once an unknown place to us, then a new place, but now it’s home. 

For those that love us, for those that can’t stand us, for those that don’t know us … we love you. 

 Like my Pastor has challenged us these last few weeks … be intentional … be an encourager … be an intentional encourager. 

But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭


Show Me What’s In Your Hand

It rarely makes sense on paper.

Actually, it never makes sense on paper.

God defies the parameters we work with on planet Earth.

In God’s universe, He’s looking to see what you believe He is able to do through the promise of His Word.  This activates the hand of God to make the impossible, possible.

Friends, what’s in your hands?

What cards have you been dealt?

What is the current inventory of your situation?

What resources are currently at your disposal?

It’s not what’s in your head but your hand and heart that matter. God can work with that.

Have a read about what Jesus did in the moment of compassion and in the face of impossibility. THIS is the God we serve.

30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.

32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.

35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”

37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.”

They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”

38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”

That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.

39-44 Jesus got them all to sit down in groups of fifty or a hundred—they looked like a patchwork quilt of wildflowers spread out on the green grass! He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples, and the disciples in turn gave it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate their fill. The disciples gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. More than five thousand were at the supper.


Wisdom – God’s fingerprint

There is no short cut with God.  When seeking success in the eyes of God, I love what the Bible says when it comes to God releasing His favor on us!

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6

Nothing trumps the reality of God’s fingerprint on your life, and knowing that He is pleased with you.  Wisdom is fulfilling His expectations, not the worlds or any person for that matter.