Tools

There is nothing quite like having the right tool for the job. But, new things and new ways of doing things come out of not having the right stuff, too!

I feel like the word “tools” has taken on new meaning or application. I really tend to just think of tools in a very physical sense – hammer, radial arm saw, drill, wrench, etc. But I have heard talk about tools as creative ways we can use to tackle a situation – the skill set and/or resources available to us for problem solving. This might be a useful way to look at things.

There are many, many tools out there but sometimes we need to invest in a new one for a particular need. Learning new ways of dealing with relationships can be extremely beneficial. The skills needed to work with so many others with such varying needs are only becoming more and more complex.

If you find yourself running into the same problem over and over again, it might be time to solve it more thoroughly so it doesn’t keep popping up. For example, if one is always running out of money before the end of the month there are some ways to solve that problem: find a better paying job, add a part time job, create a more restrictive budget and stick to it, sell some items, or ask for a raise. These are just an example of brainstorming and looking at the tools/ideas that are available to possibly solve that particular problem.

Sometimes you have to dig around and pull out your courage, your ingenuity, or your determination. Other times it is important to have the feedback from a supportive friend, a counseling session, a walk to clear your mind, or to hone a particular skill that is needed for the challenge.

Some people start off facing any challenge with prayer. They seek God’s creative solutions. They consult His Word.

For others, seeking God is the last resort, after every human effort has failed.

I don’t know what tools you have, need, or want in your tool chest. Prayer needs to be my first response to a situation because it puts me in the right mind frame to work on the solution. It reminds me my place in the universe and Whose I am. And I need God to give me His insight and help me see the path.

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 
have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead. [Psalm 86:1-13, NIV]

May you consider prayer an essential tool for daily life!

Liz

PrayerPrompt: THE WEEK OF THE HOLY

PrayerPoint ~ Money ~ April 4

People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:9-11 NIV

Ugh–money. It can be such a blessing and yet such a burden. Think about it. We spend a crazy amount of time with money as our focus or goal:

  • spending
  • losing
  • seeking
  • saving
  • budgeting
  • sharing
  • investing
  • earning
  • grieving
As you consider the role money plays in your life it is hard not to love (or hate) it. Anything that takes so much energy can easily become a god.  During this economy, sometimes just the task of securing the most basic amount of money is an incredible chore. It can be so disheartening!
Pray, pray, pray for those who are unemployed and underemployed. Pray for those who are in the midst of losing their homes. Pray for those who are trying to feed their family or deal with crazy medical bills. You surely know a few families who would appreciate you lifting them up in prayer.
And as you pray, ask God to help you protect yourself from falling into the “money trap”. As you delve into His Word, He will be faithful to transform your heart and mind in the area of money!

Money

I did not pick out verses related to money but God definitely has a persepctive on money. Make a list of people you love, people in your circle, people God brings to mind when you think about money. You can write the list down or not. That’s up to you.

When I think about money, I think about lots of things. Here are some starting points:

  • our own wise decisions
  • the decisions our kids make about money
  • those who have very little resources
  • those facing the threat of foreclosure
  • those who have mounting medical bills and must decide between food and medicine
  • government spending

Based on where you have been, you have a perspective on money…everyone does…..maybe you have a heart for people in certain money situations because you or someone you love has been through a hard time with money. Maybe some of your friends or family are dealing with job loss, medical bills, or foreclosure. Let God put on your heart the people you need to pray for regarding money. Pray for them…and don’t forget to pray for yourself!