Promises For Parents – Day 11

Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.

The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.

Watch Day 11 – Promises For Parents

Promises For The Parent #11 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Keep Your Eye on our Blog for Day 12 of our series Promises For Parents!

The Cards:

Each card has a statement on the front and the scriptures that relate to that statement on the back. You can tell your child the truth and teach them how to study God’s Word at the same time.

Use one card per day or create your own schedule depending on the age of your child. Many parents are using these in their morning or evening routines.

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : Salvation Shot Glass

God is a God of faith.  He created the worlds and everything in them by His Word, through faith.

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

Never judge a book by its cover.  God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

Watch & Be Encouraged

Friday Funnies | Salvation Shot Glass from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

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Be the Person Who Just Won’t Quit

It’s easy to look at successful people and assume that they get all the breaks in life and never fail at anything. But nothing could be further from the truth.  

For example, Thomas Edison was told by his teachers that he was too stupid to learn anything. Walt Disney was fired by an editor who said he didn’t have any good ideas. Abraham Lincoln was defeated in seven different elections before he was elected President of the United States.  

All of these men had one thing in common—they failed but kept on trying until they were successful.  

We may be called and gifted for a specific purpose, but that doesn’t mean that on our way we won’t fall on our faces a few times. The Bible says the righteous fall seven times a day, but they keep getting back up (Proverbs 24:16). We can’t assume we’re going to hit a home run the first time we go to the plate. It’s going to take some practice and some time, but if we’re diligent we will get there.  

If we’re going to make it in life and be successful, we need to have some tenacity about us. We can’t give up and quit when we fall down or fail. We have the Spirit of God inside of us, and His power is available to help us get back up and succeed! We need to confess and firmly believe, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). 

Take Away: 

Successful people aren’t successful because they’ve never fallen down or failed. They’re successful because they got back up and refused to quit! Be the person who just won’t quit! 

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Your Gifts Unlock Channels of Income

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). 

If God’s Word says we’re responsible to provide for our families, then we need to know what we’re good at because that’s what we’ll get paid to do. We need to find out what our gifts and callings are, and we’ve got to learn how to turn our God-given talents into provision for our households.  

God gives each of us gifts and talents, but they are in a “raw” undeveloped state. We have to do our part to develop those gifts if we’re going to turn them into cash. When I was born, the doctor didn’t tell my mom, “And by the way, Mrs. McGee, here’s God’s plan for your son’s life, and these are the things he’s gifted to do.” No. They gave my mother a box of cloth diapers and a binky and that was it. 

Only God knows the plan for my life. If I want to know what it is, I have to ask Him for it. And I have to find out what my gifts and talents are and develop them so that I can use them to fulfill God’s plan. That’s how I’ll provide for my family and have a successful life.  

Take Away: 

Do you know what your gifts are? If so, have you developed them to their full potential? Is there something you can do to further enhance, increase, or add to those abilities? Increasing your abilities and knowledge will allow you to increase your channels of income.  

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Money Traps to Avoid

Almost everyone who gets into financial trouble puts themselves there.

It may have been through making some bad decisions even though you knew better, or just through simple ignorance. That’s why it’s so important to get some wisdom on how to handle finances.  

The way to combat ignorance is to gain knowledge. The Bible is full of simple instructions on how to manage money. It tells us what to avoid so that we don’t end up broke and in a financial mess. Let me share just a few traps that God says will suck the life right out of our pocketbooks. 

  • Not being generous. Proverbs 11:24-25 (NLT) says, “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” 
  • Not having a spending plan. Proverbs 24:3-4 (TLB) says, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” 
  • Debt.  Don’t get bogged down in credit card debt. Proverbs 22:7 (TLB) says, “Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” 

Those are just a few of the pitfalls that we need to watch out for. If we’ll listen to God’s instruction, we can avoid making a lot of mistakes with our finances. He’ll not only keep us out of money traps, but He’ll also teach us how to profit!  

Take Away: 

If you’re facing some financial challenges, begin reading through the book of Proverbs. Write down the scriptures that talk about finances and increase. Ask yourself, “How can I implement these scriptures in my life?” Begin to do the Word and watch your situation turn around! 

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Healthy Money Management

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit…” (Proverbs 21:5 NIV). 

Managing money is a big part of life. If you’re not trained to do it, it can make life really hard. Those who were taught money management skills by their parents will have an advantage in life. 

Some people are naturally inclined to be “savers” rather than “spenders.” However, they may manage their money with an “Ebenezer Scrooge” grip, penny-pinching at every turn because they’re afraid of losing it.  

Then there are others who are “spenders.” They spend their money as fast as they make it! They never think of saving because what is money for anyway? To spend!   

No matter how much money you make, if you don’t know how to manage it in a healthy way, you’ll never have enough. If you’re a “spender,” you’ll come to the end of the month and think, I had a great paycheck this month, but where did it all go?  

Or, if you’re an extreme “saver,” you’ll live a very frustrated life never spending anything, never enjoying the fruits of your labor because you’re afraid you’ll never have enough. You’re constantly thinking: What if the car breaks down? What if the water heater goes out? What if…?  

God’s desire is that we manage our finances in such a way that we enjoy the fruit of our labors, but also have savings to pull from if we need it. That’s why we need a spending plan!  

Take Away: 

Creating a spending plan doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple. Check online for free resources and downloadable budget forms. Or, check out our book, Family Finances, which includes a budget worksheet. Find something that works for you. Get started today! 

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : My Uncle Got Saved

God never writes people off and neither should we.

Joe shares a funny story about his no-good drunken uncle. Joe was done with him…. But God never gave up! Never lose hope in what God can do!

God has faith in you and me. In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up. Never judge a book by its cover. God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

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My Uncle Got Saved from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away:

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

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Be a Wise Spender of Your Time

Most everyone loves the anticipation of beginning a new year.

It’s always a great feeling to put the previous year behind, roll the date forward, and get a fresh start. It’s like we’ve been given a blank check for 365 brand new days, and all 8,760 hours are ours to spend however we choose. What goals should we reach for? What resolutions will we commit to? How will we spend all of this time? 

Time management skills affect every area of our lives—our relationships, our finances, our family, as well as our physical and spiritual health and well-being. If we plan poorly or don’t plan at all, we’ll squander one of our greatest assets—time. As a result, we’ll experience deficiencies in areas of our lives.  

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4 ESV).  

If we are going to be wise stewards of our time, we need to be proactive in planning and budgeting our time in the same way we do our finances. Every person on the planet is given 24 hours every day to spend as they choose. If we are going to experience increase in our lives, we have to learn to spend those hours wisely every day.  

Let’s train ourselves to be diligent with the time we’ve been given so that we can set and obtain goals, and live rich, satisfied lives! 

 

Take Away: 

Invest in a day planner to help you write things down and organize your daily tasks. Also, write down long term goals and set realistic deadlines for accomplishing them. Include a timeline, listing all the action steps necessary to complete each goal. Keep it simple. 

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The “Good Old Days” Just Got Better!

The key to happiness is not riches or wealth. The key to happiness is knowing that God is our source, knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us, and knowing that He will always provide for us.  

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (NIV) says, “Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is the gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” 

God is going to give us the power to get wealth, and He’s going to give us the ability to enjoy it. He’s going to give us the ability to be happy in our work. That’s His gift to us. 

We should be so excited about what God is doing with us now and with what He’s going to do with us in the future, that we won’t think back on the “good old days.” The “good old days” are going to pale in comparison to the great day we’re having today and to the great day we’re going to have tomorrow. God is going to do great things for us! 

Take Away: 

God is our source, and He will give us the power to get wealth and enjoy it. We don’t have to be afraid of men, the boss at work, or what’s going on in the economy. We can be confident God is going to take care of us! 

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Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 2

God Has a great plan for your family. That plan will cost money and that means God must have a plan for your money.

This month we are taking a break from our Promises For Parents Blog Series for a Special September Family Finance Series.  If we are not handling our finances in line with God’s plan then our whole life is out of joint. No matter how spiritual we may think we are, we will never experience the fullness of God’s blessing until we bring our money matters in line with the principles in His Word.

We must blend the two economies of cash and faith together so we can learn to live in blessing and abundance.

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Check our Blog next week for Day 3 of our series Family Finances!

The Tools

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• The Five Principles of Financial Security
• Blessed or Broke? Controlling Your Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behavior
• Order Precedes Increase: The Easy Way to Put Your Financial House in Order
• Insurance: What you Need and What you Don’t
• How to Wipe Out your Debt
• How to Shop for a House, a Car, Food, and Other Necessities

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