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Satisfied by the dewdrops of God’s grace and my undeserved position in Christ, I simultaneously rest and run in my God-enabled roles of pastor’s wife, mother, and friend. His work is my joy.

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  1. You are exactly right! That “poor” mentality is such a negative place to be. I love Ann Voskamp’s call to count all the blessings. It changes a mindset of “not enough” to one of “more than we can ask or imagine”!

  2. This is such a great post and I’d love to share it on my blog if that is okay? Through-out my adulthood I have seen money come and go and it has not bothered me as much as it has my other family members and I think it is because NO matter where I find myself, I am grateful for what I do have first and it is not about the STUFF at all. I just love the way you have worded this post and would love to para-phrase some of it and link it back of course. Thanks so much, fondly, Roberta

    • Hey Roberta. I am so glad you were blessed. I am totally fine with you reposting and linking it back, although I can’t speak for (in)courage. I say, go for it!

  3. Wow, this is powerful. As an MK, I really get where you’re coming from. It’s taken years of struggle and study to get me to the point where I can see money as a tool instead of just something everybody else is allowed to have while I’ve always been denied.

    No poor talk – I like it. This concept should apply on the flip side also – no rich talk.

    • I love that phrase, “money as a tool”. That’s precisely what it is and yet we can get so obsessed with and entrapped in it. Who knows what God working in us because we don’t have money weighing us down? It’s all a matter of perspective. And yes, I agree…no rich talk either…except for our incredible riches in Christ!

  4. It is interesting how growing up with meagerly causes you to be that way as an adult. I, too, had parents who taught me Godly ways about money & savings.

    Now in my adulthood I have a strong connection to money – always wanting to save every dime, shop at thrift stores, get the best bargains. I’m learning to be a giver and to praise God for what He has given me!

  5. Love, love, love. We were a family that had more than enough, and my family consistently used “poor talk.” Sadly, poor talk was a gauge of their hearts and willingness to give. “Poor talk” also included being poor for time, and ultimately being too poor to serve others. It was a huge lesson they taught that I had to unlearn. There were so many things my parents did right, but this they could have done better.

    • Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. All parents could have done things better, I guess. Praise God that you are learning from even the places where they fell short. It is so true that our “poor talk” often is an excuse to not move forward in loving others. May we never be paralyzed by our money, or lack there of!

  6. Your description of family life during your childhood is so similar to mine. My dad was a pastor also, and we didn’t have much. I’ve noticed in myself exactly what you said about still having an attachment to money, but I’m learning to be a giver!

    • Hello to a fellow PK! So glad to hear of your journey and that God is transforming you into a giver as well. Thank you for taking the time to read.

  7. I so resonated with this. Thank you for sharing it. Yes.
    What changed me was my mother’s death: when I went through her stuff I had more than enough! So much more I had to share and it was a delight to give away stuff.
    Then there was a wildfire in our community and although our house didn’t burn, some neighbors’ did. So I realized the extras (from Mom’s house) were there for the sharing. If they came through the fire they were to be shared, used, not hoarded! So what if the beautiful things broke? They were on their “second life” anyway, not having burned down. Then I wanted to keep being generous…so I catch myself when I return to what you call poor talk.

  8. Thank you, Beth, for sharing your story with us. What a wonderful way to grow in giving…blessing others with your mother’s things! Her life is being honored as her “stuff” is being put to good use in the lives of those who need it and as her daughter expresses love through generosity. Beautiful.

    • Caroline, thank you so much for your sacrificial service to the Lord in Africa. Bless you, bless you, bless you! May He pour out abundant riches (of all kinds) upon your life as you focus upon HIM! Hugs.

  9. Wow! This post came at just the right time. I’m currently looking at my finances and wondering how I’m going to make it through the month. Thank you for this reminder!

    • Oh, Staci. Praying for your finances now. God will provide and “poor talk” wouldn’t change anything anyway. What a great opportunity to trust Him. Hugs.

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