money, lent, etc. [an update]

My last post eluded to my desire to give up money-worry [i.e. worrying about money].  I believe I’m so far/so good.  Last week was a little dicey, in that it included my husband’s birthday [begging the questions:  should I purchase a gift, go with only a card, put my bike on Craig’s List hoping to collect $20 then promptly head to Wildcat Warehouse to purchase an I ♥ Calipari tee shirt. . . . . ?].  Actually, my kids helped me decide upon a nice gift, which has been ordered.  Honestly, decisions like what gift to buy can leave me indecisive for days.  But, I made it through, this time.  [yay me!]
Last week, like normal, brought its share of “I need $___ for a field trip, $___ for a trip to TN, $___ for a youth group activity,” from my kids.  Please note I’m not complaining about my kids’ spending.  All of the activities and/or events they asked about were, as Martha Stewart would say, “good things”.  So, I visited our bank’s ATM, conveniently located at the Kroger next door to my workplace.  I took out the necessitated cash on Friday, and I’m pleased to announce I did not have a mini breakdown watching it come out of the machine.  I promptly put it in my wallet, and went on with my day.  I’m also pleased to announce that when I arrived home, there was a card awaiting that had arrived in the mail that afternoon.  It contained a check for the exact amount of cash I’d taken out.  Yes. . . I know we’ve all heard these stories.  And no, mine didn’t involve over $1000 and a mission trip to Africa or a broken washing machine.  But it did serve as a subtle reminder that all is well for my family financially. 
When I say all is well, please note what I’m saying is we have what we need.  And then some.  For today.  But that’s all we’re really guaranteed and all we really require, right?  Enough for today?
I assisted our daughter, Allie, with completing a bio for a project this weekend.  She stated her future plan was to attend Transylvania University [granted, she would absolutely have to receive a BIG scholarship for that to happen – and yes, it’s quite possible she will] and become a middle school counselor because she likes to help people.  Allie is smart enough to realize middle school counselors aren’t rolling in the dough.  She’s also smart enough to know she has the capability to choose a career in which she would.  Another subtle reminder that she’s getting that what matters most isn’t about finances.  [Yes, I know she might change her mind down the road, but please, let me have this moment.] 
One of our son Jamie’s recent Facebook statuses:  
Drumming some in Pheonix Park on this fine spring evening.
Perhaps he’ll soon be paying his own way as a street musician.  


Our pastor completed a series on Sunday entitled, A Generous Life.  He mentioned something this weekend that sticks with me.  If I don’t accept the bible’s instructions to be a generous giver, I distrust Jesus’s words.  I don’t accept His promises.  I don’t believe Him.  Yowza!  Pastor Kevin also eluded to the fact that God has always provided for he and his wife.  In prosperous times and not so prosperous.  Another subtle [or not so] reminder that I have what I need.  And more.  So I continue to not be bogged down with financial concern.

My husband Chip and I went for a walk yesterday [along with CJ the beagle].  And today.  The weather’s been great.  And CJ really enjoys getting leashed up and escorted through our new neighborhood.  She even met a beagle friend today.  Really [and I don’t know if my husband realizes this], I’d rather go on a walk with him than go to the movies, or even to some restaurants for dinner.  It’s a free date, but more meaningful to me than a lot of other things.  Give me twenty minutes around Castlewood Park any day over two hours at Regal Cinema.  CJ feels the same way.  

I’m spending a bit of time each weekday morning, studying my “word of the day”, and inviting God’s presence.  It’s been helpful.  

My evaluation:
I’m making improvements.  And I look back at what the Sister said [note again, my previous entry]:  

Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.

I’m removing those life blockers.  Little by little.   

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