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Thought and Prayer for Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 PLANNING FOR CHANGE

When it comes to money, some of us try to save our change so we can accumulate more money over time. Some use it for mad money to spend on something we couldn't usually afford. Others put it in the bank to allow our savings to grow. While others use it for everyday things because we don't make enough for our spending habits. Rather than just getting by financially, we need to change our spending habits. We need to learn to spend less than we make, have a plan, and make changes so we are controlling our money and it is not controlling us. God wants us to have a solid plan when it comes to handling our money.

Proverbs 21:5 "Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty." (NLT)

Dear Lord, we know sometimes we don't do what we should with the money You give us. Help us today to change. Help us today to be more aware of what we do with our money so we can change our spending habits rather than worrying about saving our change to get by. Help us to have a plan and to put You first in our giving and allow You to help us control our spending. In Jesus' name. Amen.

If we want to have more of something in life, we need to give what we do have to others and God will bless us and them.

Planning our finances is easy. The hard part is sticking to the plan. God can help us be disciplined with our finances.

If we want to improve our spending habits, we should turn to God, repent and give Him what we have knowing He will bless it.

Whatever bad habits we have with money can be changed one day at a time.

Money helps us buy what we need but we need to honor God with our wealth because it all comes from Him.

Proverbs 3:9 "Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce." (NLT)

Focus: When we give God the firsts of our wealth and all we produce, He will use it to help others and bless us.
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