The Four Drachma Coin

We read all over the Bible and are told by well-meaning Christians that God will supply our needs, and many times, it’s easy to shrug it off and dismiss it.  We have found it to be true, and this short story about the “four drachma coin” is such a great example.

In Mathew 17:27 , Jesus gives his disciple Peter an example to live by.  He says, “Go to the lake and throw out your line.  Take the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you will find a four drachma coin.  Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

four drachma coin Mom's Priority

four drachma coin Mom’s Priority

What gets me is that Jesus knew the need, just like He knows our needs.  He also knew He needed to be a good example by paying the tax.  Most importantly, though, what gets me is that ultimately, everything we have comes from God’s supply.  The coin that Peter found in the fish’s mouth was just enough to pay the tax for Peter and Jesus.  And Jesus knew it was there.  Maybe He just wanted Peter to be involved in the  process.  Possibly, Jesus just wants us to ask Him so He can supply what HE has already put in place for you to receive.  And when He does, we give God all the credit and glory for entrusting us with His supply, so we can be a part of His work here on earth!

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If: Equip New Study Starts Today!

I love these studies from the IF team, and a new study starts today, so I wanted to make sure you were aware of it!  It is called “I AM,” and in these short devotionals and even shorter daily videos, the team led by Jennie Allen takes you through the thought process, If Jesus says that He is the “I AM,” then how should that impact our lives?  In days of uncertainty and chaos in parts of the world, how do we live our lives so that we become more like Jesus?  I am looking forward to this study, and I hope you’ll make the time each day, Monday through Friday, to read and meditate on these short yet impactful devotionals.

Refiner of Silver

“AMom's Prioritylthough the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; your own eyes will see them.  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ ” – Isaiah 30:20-21

For sure, this past week has been one of trials.  I dare call it “adversity” because I know so many people who have REAL adversity going on in their lives, and I do count my blessings.  But things like your computer crashing, jury duty, surgery, an abundance of commitments all crammed into one week, and a favorite family pet passing on…it seems like a little adversity, so I’m trying to learn from it.

Adversity seems to test us in our character, and to refine us into what is more becoming of His Character and image.  This past week was one of those where you feel like, ‘yes!  I’ve made it through that!’, and then another issue comes up!  At our church also, we are going through a season of adversity; hopefully, and prayerfully, God’s purpose is refinement. 

“I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.  They will call on my name and I will answer them.” – Zechariah 13:9

So, I pray, if you are going through a season of adversity, that you can see the good that is coming out of it, and not let the negatives bring you down.  “Press on toward the goal” like Philippians 3:14 says, and be confident, as you face your trials, that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6 

 

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GOOD FRIDAY

He was pierced...Mom's Priority verse of the week

He was pierced for our transgressions…Isaiah 53:5- God’s sovereignty over time- Mom’s Priority

I posted this verse on Monday, and have literally had the song “By His Wounds” by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell, and Brian Littrell in my head ALL week.  Thank goodness, because I needed it!  Where would I be without Jesus, and the forgiveness, grace, and love he bought with His ultimate sacrifice over 2,000 years ago?  I can’t even imagine.  I reread Luke 23 this morning, and it hurts, to think about the pain and agony Jesus went through so that we could feel His Comfort and HOPE when a loved one passes away or even in the day to day life when we sin and desperately need forgiveness.  We praise God today and always for having the love and foresight to send His Son for us; in humble adoration, we lift up our praises.

The Great Encourager

I have been told that I am an encourager. I probably see this unmet need in others because I myself need a ton of encouragement to keep moving forward.  We can find that encouragement in friends, in our spouses, but more than anywhere else, in Jesus Christ.  Because He knows just what we’re going through, and He knows just what we need at that moment to continue on the path.  Just as I have, you also can have the Great Encourager speak to you and give you courage, to face your dreams, your fears, and your next steps.  I know for me, the verses, “I tell you, Look at the fields!  They are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35) and “Cast your bread upon the waters” (Eccl 11:1) and “Whatever you do, work at it with all your might” speak to me especially right now as I’m venturing out on the waters of the unknown.  No person can know exactly what to tell this complicated person that I am, only my Maker can speak perfectly to me.

Jesus speaks powerful words to me each day as I spend time with him through reading the Bible, praying constantly, and making decisions based upon obedience to His truths. If you are confused, or unsure, or looking for the right path, for today or for the future, I encourage you to spend time with Jesus.  He wants you to seek Him more than anything, and you will find satisfaction and peace when you come to Him.

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Live Your Calling

On Joy Forney’s site, she mentions being in her “sweet spot.” She says “let us revel in who God has made us to be!” I love this. I don’t fit the mold, and I’ve tried to figure out how to be authentic with who I am with this website that I believe God is calling me to do. I have wrestled with parts of it, because I don’t want to minimize Christianity by including finding bargains, because that could be perceived as materialism. And I don’t want to leave out the devotions and verses either because I believe that brings Glory to the one who deserves it all! As I procrastinate and lead myself to believe that this site is not ready or polished enough, I am missing out on sharing my heart and passion for God and for living a lifestyle that honors God, with our money, time, love and gifts. So, I’m going to go there- live in my sweet spot. Share the things that make me tick, like saving money- I’m passionate about that! My career before kids was negotiating contracts and finding ways for a big company to save money. I loved that! And now we serve in our church and I realize the needs women have for resources about raising a family, loving in marriage, and being the women of God we are created to be! I’ve learned so much in our leadership roles and in being a mom! And using photography, web design, analytics, and all of these other things that intrigue me and keep me learning…this website is such an outlet for that.
So, it’s time to stop hiding and just put it out there. It’s time to Live My Calling. And you should too!!