We just passed the Labor Day sales events. I can tell you that years ago, just the expectation of them got me all fired up and antsy. What could I buy? What was going to be on sale that I just had to have? The possibilities seemed endless. I could hardly wait for the end of summer to arrive...wishing time away. What was it I thought I had to have that could not wait?
Like it or not, impulse buying described me to a T. I didn’t realize there was another way. When the Holy Spirit started tearing me down in order to mold me, it hurt. It not only hurt emotionally but financially He placed me on the bottom rung of life. He had to change particular ways I did things and how I thought in order to show me how He wanted things done. Ouch! I couldn’t just go out and spend money just because I wanted something. I learned to pray FIRST when I wanted something, and then learned to shut up and listen for Him to speak. And by golly, He did and even told me where to buy a pair of Reebok tennis shoes for $13.00.
Get confirmation as to God’s will before you purchase anything. It is a divine inheritance as His child. Think God doesn’t care about the small stuff? Well, for the past fifteen years, as long as I was obedient and faithful to Him, He always got me an answer. He may not have given me exactly what I wanted (but it was close to it), or at times His answer was “no” because it was not the right time for me to receive what I had asked for.
God is not tied to holiday sales and when it’s truly God, it’s always a holiday sale. You won’t have to wait for Labor Day!
Molly Malvern Painter
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