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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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Has Your Credit Card Become Your Biggest Nemesis?

When it comes to finances, the biggest nemesis for many people is their credit card.

Credit cards can be an asset if used correctly and with discipline, but for many they are what lead to financial downfall. Let’s look at some credit cards statistics from a few years ago that will give a better picture and may also be a wake-up call: 

  • The average family carries a balance of $4,000 in credit card debt on several cards from month to month. 
  • If you didn’t have your credit card payment of $400 a month, and you invested that money in a tax-deferred savings plan paying 11% interest instead, then in 30 years you could retire with $1.1 million in the bank. Credit card payments cost thousands of dollars in interest, keep many Americans from saving for their retirement and make bankruptcy look like a good alternative. 
  • According to one statistic from a few years ago, late feels totaled $7.7 billion.
  • Another statistic from a few years ago stated that in one year alone, Americans paid out approximately $65 billion in interest.  

The bottom line is that it’s God’s will for you to be a lender and not a borrower (Deuteronomy 15:6 NLT). He will bless us, but we need to do our part and develop wise money management skills. 

Take Away: 

Pray and ask God for wisdom regarding your finances. Also, take natural steps to get some godly financial counsel. A great tool is a book we offer called Family Finances. This book not only contains godly insights on money management, but also includes worksheets to help you to assess and manage your money habits. Let’s start developing healthy money habits today! 

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Plug the Holes

In order to prosper and increase, we must do a financial checkup every so often.

That means we need to evaluate where we are and see if there are changes that need to be made in our spending. Making more money isn’t always the only answer to increase. Sometimes we need to stop and plug any holes that may be causing our finances to be leaking out. 

Haggai 1:6 (NLT) puts it this way, “You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes! 

Periodically, take time to go through your bills and your checking account and credit card statements to evaluate where your money is going. You may have a budget (spending plan) in place, but take time annually to inventory your accounts and see where things are going. Has your cable bill increased? Have any of your utility bills gone up? Has your car or home mortgage insurance increased in the past few years?  

If so, maybe it’s time to check around for a different cable TV package that would be less expensive. If your utility bills have gone up significantly, are there home maintenance fixes that can be done to bring those costs down? Compare insurance premiums to make sure you’re getting the best deals and aren’t pay for things you don’t need. 

Tuning up your finances may take some work, but once you start checking into some of these areas, you may find that it’s worth it. You may be able to save a significant amount by just making some adjustments to your cash outflow and shoring up any areas where funds may be trickling out. Take time to do some financial maintenance and plug the holes! 

 

Take Away: 

Proverbs 24:3-5 says, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” Take time to do a financial tune-up! 

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God isn’t looking for perfect people….THERE ARE NONE!

Joe shares how the Apostle Paul started out as a professional hit-man. He literally had Christians killed.

He was far from perfect yet God saw that He could use Paul for His glory. How tells how Paul was transformed from a murderer, to the greatest apostle and someone who wrote over half of the New Testament.

God isn’t looking for perfect people….THERE ARE NONE!

God’s Looking for people who will stand up.
He’s not looking for big people, He’s looking for people He can be big, in and thru. He’s not looking for strong people, He wants to be strong IN somebody He’s not looking for perfect people He’s looking for people He can be perfect, in and thru.

God’s Doesn’t Need Perfect People from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Take Away

God created you and He knows what He’s placed in you. We need to humble ourselves and allow God to show Himself mighty in our lives. We can’t do anything on our own anyway. We need to just allow God to show off within our own lives.

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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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