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Having God and money always made me feel secure. However, in 2001 I found out circumstances can change your beliefs.  

After living in Atlanta for 15 years, September 2000, my husband and I decided to move to Washington State. In just 12 months I had lost my grandmother, grandfather, and great aunt. I wanted to be near my parents in Portland, Oregon. So we sold everything we owned, and in May 2001 packed up our car and took a two-week road trip to Oregon. In mid-June we arrived in Oregon, and stayed with my parents until we purchased our home. In mid-July 2001, we were settled in our new home in Washington State, and ready to start our new life. Our plans included my husband working in the IT field, and me staying home raising our daughter.

Well, 9/11 happened. The economy changed, thousands became unemployed, and businesses were closing and not hiring. I started doing business again, but it took time and patience for a training and coaching business to grow in a new location. Basically we lived on our savings for 2 ½ years. I felt financially secure when we arrived, but after going through more than $140,000, I was feeling insecure, depressed, worried, and emotionally and spiritually bankrupted.  

My peace and security was gone. I felt God had abandoned us, didn't like us, and maybe we had done something wrong. One day I cried out and asked Him "Why have I been called to teach people about money and you have us living on our savings and going broke?" His answer, "How can you be effective teaching and ministering to others about money if you've never had a money problem?" At that moment it all made sense. Also, at that moment I realized we can make the best plans in the world with the best intentions, but ultimately God is in control. When we put our trust, security, and peace in money or material things, it is a false sense of security.

Now, I trust God daily to give us everything we need, and to open and close doors as He sees fit. Also, there is so much peace knowing who holds my future. All I have to do is listen, line up, walk through open doors, and appreciate the closed ones.

Have you learned to trust God or Money?

Sharman Lawson a columnist on Fabulously40, and a financial coach, speaker, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Jun 15, 2009
    • Thank you for such an inspiration and re-affirmation.  #1 commandment: “love God with all our hearts, our soul and our strength above ALL THINGS.” +++



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      Judah1 wrote Jun 15, 2009
    • I TRUST GOD TO LEAD AND GUIDE ME THROUGH LIFE
      IN THE JOB PLACE AND FAMLIY
      AND IN EVERY THING RELATIONSHIPS OF ALL KIND
      EVEN MONEY
      THROUGH AND BY HIS WORD
      GETTING WISDOM 1#
      THANK YOUhappy



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      Allekat wrote Jun 15, 2009
    • The right words at the right time in my life. I really needed to read this.



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      Zac01 wrote Jun 16, 2009
    • I had to seriously ask myself that question many years ago when my finances were jacked up! And my truthful answer was no; the ‘fruit’ in my life was evidence of that truth. I learned to trust God in all things and my finances were my first test. When I received revelation knowledge of how God views finances in the earth and an understanding that I am only a steward of the things that He entrusts to me and they aren’t mine but His; my life changed. And I found out that the key to the ‘blessing’ is tithing. Now, I can look around and I see ‘fruit‘, I have everything I need - “all sufficiency in all things.” And the peace of God that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world!! Yes, now I trust Him and I love Him!



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