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Devotions For Debtors

Kristen Johnson Ingram

Devotions For Debtors

Kristen Johnson Ingram

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A daily meditational about turning to God for the discipline, discernment and strength to overcome overspending, with 120 entries comprised of a Bible passage, a brief meditation and a prayer.

- Publisher Getting out of debt, and staying out, is more than a financial formula--it's a daily choice that you "can make. ^Filled with one hundred and twenty devotions that will help you break the habits that lead to debt and Scriptural passages to meet the very real needs of this difficult journey, "Devotions for Debtors is a handy, helpful guide to learning to live within your means. Meditations address such topics as gift-giving temptation, the joys of no-money fun, and how to ask God for help dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions debt can bring on. Each devotion also includes thoughts for further reflection and exercises that may inspire you to pursue wellness in other areas of your life as well. ^An inspired, practical guide to changing your life, "Devotions for Debtors is here to help.

- Publisher Traveling Light [Jesus] ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. --Mark 6:8, 9 I wonder how much faster turtles could travel if they didn't have to carry their houses with them. Without that heavy shell, turtles could slither over the rocks as fast as their cousins, the lizards. If birds had to carry such a load, they'd never get off the ground! Possessions and the debt I incurred for them are slowing me down. I have too many things that need taking care of: clothes to wash and fold and put away, plants to water and feed, knickknacks and furniture to dust and sometimes repair, so much food I don't know what's in the freezer. And worrying about paying for all those things is heavier than any turtle shell in the world. I'm going to start traveling lighter. I can get along with a lot less than I have, and being debt-free will let me move through life without a burden. For Further Reflection Write down ten things you don't need or even want very much. Decide what you'll do with them: give them to charity, pass them on to a family member, or sell them at a garage sale. Every time you get rid of something, reward yourself by listening to music, calling a friend, or having a cup of hot chocolate. Prayer Dear Lord, turn me from turtle to bird. Help me to unload my burdens today. Amen A Mind That Can Learn Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn? --Proverbs 17:16 Some people can't learn because they have a physical problem that prevents their brains from accepting and retaining data. But others--and sometimes I'm one of them--won't learn. Although I have normal intelligence, I ignore the lessons of debt. When I receive a big payment or a windfall, I pay off all my credit cards--and in no time, I start running them up again. When the Bible calls someone "fool," it means someone who is too stubborn to look at the truth of anything. I don't want to be stubborn, so now I'm trying to think over the lessons of debt. Debt, of course, means paying interest, which robs me of cash I need for everyday living. But what's worse is, debt robs me of peace. I'd be a real fool to think God ever intended me to lie awake at night with a knot in my stomach. For Further Reflection Nobody likes to admit to being foolish. But debtors have failed to learn how to live without credit. Decide today that you're going to listen to your own good sense, and quit running up those bills. Mark this day on your calendar. Prayer Eternal God, you have given me a mind that can learn. Now, teach me how to use it. Amen Forgiving Debts And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. --Matthew 6:12 I haven't just incurred debts. People owe me. I've done favors for friends who never did any for me. Sometimes I took care of their unruly kids for longer than I expected. Or I paid for every lunch we had together. Maybe I let them borrow books they never returned, or transported them each week to the doctor in another city without being compensated for gas. Many of those people are no longer in my life. I've lost touch with some of them, or they've moved away. One of these people actually turned on me and hurt me. Perhaps the reason I have been unable to stay out of debt is that deep down, I haven't really forgiven all those debts. Even though the Lord's Prayer says "forgive me as I forgive," I've been unconsciously keeping score in my heart. So now I'm going to consciously dismiss anything that anyone owes me. The tally between us is going to be clear from now on.

- Publisher

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A daily meditational about turning to God for the discipline, discernment and strength to overcome overspending, with 120 entries comprised of a Bible passage, a brief meditation and a prayer.
- Publisher

Getting out of debt, and staying out, is more than a financial formula--it's a daily choice that you "can make. ^Filled with one hundred and twenty devotions that will help you break the habits that lead to debt and Scriptural passages to meet the very real needs of this difficult journey, "Devotions for Debtors is a handy, helpful guide to learning to live within your means. Meditations address such topics as gift-giving temptation, the joys of no-money fun, and how to ask God for help dealing with the rollercoaster of emotions debt can bring on. Each devotion also includes thoughts for further reflection and exercises that may inspire you to pursue wellness in other areas of your life as well. ^An inspired, practical guide to changing your life, "Devotions for Debtors is here to help.
- Publisher

Traveling Light [Jesus] ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. --Mark 6:8, 9 I wonder how much faster turtles could travel if they didn't have to carry their houses with them. Without that heavy shell, turtles could slither over the rocks as fast as their cousins, the lizards. If birds had to carry such a load, they'd never get off the ground! Possessions and the debt I incurred for them are slowing me down. I have too many things that need taking care of: clothes to wash and fold and put away, plants to water and feed, knickknacks and furniture to dust and sometimes repair, so much food I don't know what's in the freezer. And worrying about paying for all those things is heavier than any turtle shell in the world. I'm going to start traveling lighter. I can get along with a lot less than I have, and being debt-free will let me move through life without a burden. For Further Reflection Write down ten things you don't need or even want very much. Decide what you'll do with them: give them to charity, pass them on to a family member, or sell them at a garage sale. Every time you get rid of something, reward yourself by listening to music, calling a friend, or having a cup of hot chocolate. Prayer Dear Lord, turn me from turtle to bird. Help me to unload my burdens today. Amen A Mind That Can Learn Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn? --Proverbs 17:16 Some people can't learn because they have a physical problem that prevents their brains from accepting and retaining data. But others--and sometimes I'm one of them--won't learn. Although I have normal intelligence, I ignore the lessons of debt. When I receive a big payment or a windfall, I pay off all my credit cards--and in no time, I start running them up again. When the Bible calls someone "fool," it means someone who is too stubborn to look at the truth of anything. I don't want to be stubborn, so now I'm trying to think over the lessons of debt. Debt, of course, means paying interest, which robs me of cash I need for everyday living. But what's worse is, debt robs me of peace. I'd be a real fool to think God ever intended me to lie awake at night with a knot in my stomach. For Further Reflection Nobody likes to admit to being foolish. But debtors have failed to learn how to live without credit. Decide today that you're going to listen to your own good sense, and quit running up those bills. Mark this day on your calendar. Prayer Eternal God, you have given me a mind that can learn. Now, teach me how to use it. Amen Forgiving Debts And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. --Matthew 6:12 I haven't just incurred debts. People owe me. I've done favors for friends who never did any for me. Sometimes I took care of their unruly kids for longer than I expected. Or I paid for every lunch we had together. Maybe I let them borrow books they never returned, or transported them each week to the doctor in another city without being compensated for gas. Many of those people are no longer in my life. I've lost touch with some of them, or they've moved away. One of these people actually turned on me and hurt me. Perhaps the reason I have been unable to stay out of debt is that deep down, I haven't really forgiven all those debts. Even though the Lord's Prayer says "forgive me as I forgive," I've been unconsciously keeping score in my heart. So now I'm going to consciously dismiss anything that anyone owes me. The tally between us is going to be clear from now on.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Kristen Johnson Ingram

Kristen Johnson Ingram is an award-winning author of twenty-two books, both fiction and nonfiction, and a frequent contributor to Weavings. She also works as a national writing coach, editorial consultant, and retreat leader from her home in Springfield, Oregon.

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  • Catalogue Code 256049
  • Product Code 0385510780
  • EAN 9780385510783
  • Pages 256
  • Department General Books
  • Category Devotions
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Doubleday
  • Publication Date Jan 2004
  • Dimensions 151 x 100 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.106kg

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