I Give (To God Be the Glory!)

It is for the glory of God the Father that I give each Sunday! Praise the Lord!

It has been a year and four months since the Coronavirus began in America.  

I am grateful for life and I am thankful to God that I am alive. Even though the Coronavirus has not affected me health wise since I have not gotten the virus, it drastically affected my finances in that I lost a few jobs that I previously had positions for those companies. These economic changes caused me to reflect and to ponder on what God was trying to teach me in the midst of this pandemic during the time that I lost the jobs and my finances were affected. 

~”I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”~Psalm 32:8, ESV~ 

One of the lessons that I believe that God was trying to teach me was related to spending and saving money wisely, especially during the pandemic. There were moments in which God was trying to get my attention to get me to spend money wisely, to make a budget and to start to save money. I chose to not listen or heed God in the time that He was trying to get my attention. 

One of the consequences of my actions was that there were times that I could not spend money on extra things (such as, food or other things that I needed for the house), and I had to go without these things. This experience has taught me to save more and to be more conservative with the money that I earn from my current job and to spend very carefully and wisely. 

I recently opened up a savings account. I put $20.00 in the savings account every time that I get paid from work. I treat this savings account with care, just as God would treat me, because I do not want to see the funds from this savings account go to waste on things that I do not need in the moment (such as extra clothes that I do not need, purses that I do not need, or shoes that I do not need in the moment of spending money). Overall, as the Holy Spirit of God is my Witness, I have learned a great deal about spending wisely and being more conservative with money during this pandemic. 

My quality of life has improved. In fact, I have even begun to tithe $20.00 to my local church every Sunday. This is because I want to honor and to thank God for providing for my needs in the midst of this pandemic.  

~”Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”~2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV~ 

~”And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 4:19, ESV~ 

God has always provided for my needs in the midst of this pandemic. It is for the glory and the honor of God that I tithe every Sunday to my local church so that God in Christ alone can be glorified, even in this pandemic. I thank God for giving me the words to write this article so that I can be and set the example for Atlanta, Georgia and beyond to know God deeper and more intimately. 

My prayer is that you learned and got Revelation knowledge, as your portion, to how you can save money and spend money during this pandemic. God bless you!  

 

 

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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