Fiscal Responsibility – It’s never too Late!

Greetings! Many of us spend much of our life in the excuses of ” I missed the boat” because of xyz. As Wayne Dyer says, Excuses be Gone! Yep, no matter your age, It’s Never to Late to take Fiscal responsibility. What is Fiscal Responsibility? It is Not just monetary respsonsibility and it IS a crucial requirement for our stability in Daily Living. Which is the key to my Mission statement, the stability found in The Way of His Word.

If you have responsibility for something or someone or something, it is your service or duty to deal with them and to make good “choices” relating to them. In the world Fiscal is referred to as something that relates to government money or public money, & taxes OR simply put: fiscal responsibility is the act of creating, optimizing and maintaining a balanced budget. Has it ever occured to in order to do that you Must work with God in creating, optimizing, and maintaining balance in your Life and relationships 1st. I can testify until you do, you will not balance your budget? That said, do you see how the excuse of, “I missed the boat” is a lie of the father of all lies?  I spent Years making excuses of how I missed the boat on this or that financially because I was low income and continuously in debt just to survive. And I believed these words therefore, keeping myself down. “as a woman thinketh so is she”. I “claimed” I lived on a tight budget working 2 jobs most of my life. Truth is, I also spent alot of time and money trying to keep up with societies idea of  “living”. In doing so, this can and often will carry you Far away from fiscal responsibility not only in your finances but, fiscal responsibility in your walk of Love with God, famly, self, and your neighbor. Fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget Begins in the Way of His Word “which works when you work it!”  It begins in the beginning, you are created in His Image and given authority with your “choices” in life. Choose to follow Him and you will receive the Holy kiss of His spirit of Love  which provides the tools, no matter your age, for Transformation & Restoration for you to Be Reborn. In the Way of the Messiah we become One in the creating, optimizing, and maintaining balance of our lives now, in each moment. Letting go of the lies, sins, & ways of the world. How do I know it works? I tested out the world’s ways and His ways. And trust me I tested both sides of the fence, the hard way. The world’s ways got me in a mess and deep in debt, so deep I could barely see the light to The Way out. But, He never let me go and Finally like the song says, I chose Jesus saying, “Jesus take the wheel and show me The Way.”  It wasn’t a free ride, or smooth all the way but, it was full of Mercy and Grace. He has shown Me how if I would just submit and be obedient,using ALL the tools given from beginning to end, to “work” His word, the road will Smooth out and I CAN live out His promises of Fiscal Responsibility. I was shown ALL my weak spots: 1. Abusing His Grace. His Love, Mercy, Forgiveness. I learned GRACE is not given for me to continue in my excuses and sin. It is not given for me to abuse by choosing the idols in the world then come back begging His forgiveness & help when the world let’s me down. 2. Abuse of His provisions. He was freely providing provisions, planting seeds in my life for me to cultivate so they would bear more fruit in my life. I cultivated them on Low levels, enough to get by but, I also abused at least 40% of His provisions trying to provide “worldly stuff” like designer jeans, a ridiculous amount of clothes, eating out to often (which for years included the expense of drinking/pot/cigarettes) when cooking at home & Leaving the addictive stuff alone would have been more cost effective, not to mention healthier in every way. In other words, Not listening, having no patience, not following all the guidance given only left me drowning in debt and sorrows & kept me from the abundance of His promises. Promises that “IF” we are good stewards will reap a harvest for you and enough to share. 3. Abuse of my temple. (my body)  Abuse in my eating habits, sexual habits, overloaded stress, and lack of consistent excercise all created poverty within and without. I didn’t want to listen to all the knowledge that kept knocking at my door. Main culprit: I didn’t want to commit to doing what “I” needed to do to have what I said I wanted. I was robbing myself, my family, and Go. Ellen G White addresses this so well in her book “Councels on Diet & Foods” and like she says, “Wherever the Truth is Proclaimed, instructions should be given in the preparation of healthful foods.” pg 273. (I am not promoting 7th day Adventist religion, your walk with God is between you & God) Yes, my posts are Faith based in the food of the Word God, which simply put is following the the 1 & 2nd most important commandments Love & seek God with all your heart, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as Yourself. This includes foods literally in your daily living. Facts are 7th day Adventist healthy lifestyle works and it is All founded in the Way of our Creator and His Way. And I have learned I don’t need to try to re-invent the wheel when in my seeking I am shown Truths and it is Truth: Regular eating of both spiritual and physical foods have a major effect on All aspects of your daily Life. Eating junk or skipping meals will take their toll. Here are a couple of sites, if you choose to check them out, that will enlighten you and aid you, If you choose to stop making excuses, & begin your journey to fiscal responsibility. I did & now 4 years later, I am Out of Debt, living in a healthy environment, stress is minimul as His Word shows me the way Thru if it does raise it’s head, and Love is more bountiful daily.

My prayer for you is as my friend Kariamu says, that you “Choose Good Things” & reap the harvest thereof.  Shalom

Resolution Solutions

Happy New Year 2023!!! Finally, I am ready to Rock-n-Roll with my posts. The last few years I just wasn’t feeling inspired or led so I’ve been on a sabbatical. One that was meant to be short however, God had His own plan taking the last 4 years pulling weeds and cleansing my inner garden. He’s not done yet but, the dry hard ground has been broken, tilled, and we are well on “The Way”.

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit have been working overtime in my life and doing such a Wonderful job! I can only Proclaim Praises all things; the trials, temptations, & Blessings! Most of you know I went to Niagara Falls on a 4 day sabbatical after a Joyce Meyer Women’s Conference in 2017 which led me to moving to Niagara Falls and buying a house. Little did I know, it was His plan to take the next Four Years and turn them into a restoration sabbatical of my Mind, Spirit, and Heart. I am a social person and ususually doors open for me to meet lots of people wherever I go. But, that did not happen in Niagara. He opened doors to Only those He intended to use in my cleansing and resortation to Be who He created me to Be. I could count on one hand the people I became friends with and only one was my literal neighbor. That is not my usual. He did send family and several dear friends to visit on & off, Praise God. I was so Far from everyone it was getting to me a bit, especially when COVID hit and really isolated life. All thru this time He pressed and called me so hard to focus & spend time with Him in His Word I could nothing else. While I thought I had repented and returned to Him years before, I learned what real Repentance & Returning to Him meant. #1 on the list was giving up the drivers seat , In ALL I do. I learned so Much and am so grateful for my seasons there. What I didn’t know, which I should have known, was His plan has & still was to take me back home to Arkansas. Yep, the Holy Spirit nugged me in June/July when my sister visited and then spoke Very loudly in September 2022 telling me, ” now It’s time to go home where your earthly life began, Arkansas.” Then He opened doors that Blessed multiple people both in Niagara and Fayetteville. I sold the house to two beautiful ladies from Niagara who Love the house. Not to mention, it was the neighborhood they had grown up in and it is closer to work, family, and so much more. He then opened a door for me to move and dear friends flew in to help with the drive. I had prayed He give me signs so I would know that I know I was hearing correctly and boy did He provide. You see this is a college town I moved to and there were waiting lists everywhere. At first I didn’t even check where my sister lives because I thought they would be out of my price range and for sure have a waiting list, they are so nice. I made the mistake of “assuming” there wouldn’t be one & at first their wasn’t, at least not for the date I wanted to move.I learned a lesson out of this too, stop questioning whether I can afford where God is “telling me” to move. Of course, it turned out I could afford the 2 bedroom, Praises to God so, I put my name on the list. One day later, the leasing agent called and someone had given notice for a 2 bedroom and it would be available literally One day before the day I had prayed for and put on my calendar. And more signs came with it, the apartment styles have names, mine was named Savannah, my granddaughters name, and the leasing agent to handle my move in was Jacob! that’s my grandson’s name. It gave me chills to hear and see Him work. And those lovely ladies that wanted the house were ready to move in the house in Niagara and everything about that went smoothly. In fact, they moved in on Liz’s Birthday! (she’s the one actually buying the house) Wait there is more: God protected us and got us out before the big snow storms hit the area and November 13th I moved in. Last, but not least, the timing couldn’t have been better, my sister fell on Thanksgiving and broke her knee cap. Praise God no ligaments or tendons torn so she didn’t have to have surgery but, she was put in an immobilizer to begin the healing process and we were looking at 6-8 weeks of healing, walkers, help with showers and stuff. She couldn’t do it by herself in other words and her son could help but, not as much as needed. His plate was already overflowing. Thanks to God’s grand plan of moving me & because I work remote I am hear to help.Oh and I cannot leave out how Blessed I am to be employed by a loving, faith based, wonderful company, Specialty Ortho in GA, who said “the move was no problem”. Plus, I’ve been able to juggle my schedule so it has all worked out so well! and Yep, she is healing well! PRAISES, PRAISES!

Well, that’s my testimony, for now. One more thank you Lord, he ended my year yesterday with the best message by a pastor at the 7th Day Adventist church here in Fayetteville. It was titled “Resolution Solution” which is why I went there. I have some resolution solutions that I know the 7th day Adventist health practices will be of great benefit & it’s time I get back out in the world, that too is part of His Plan. Not only will I benefit from these resolutions but, you too in my future posts. At least, I pray and hope you do. Simply put my New Year’s Resolution Solution is to submit and obey the Truth of His Word just like Jesus (Yeshua) tells us in Matthew 22:36-40. Beginning January 15th you will see new posts on Living in The Way of His Word which is summed up in these verses. Notice: there are actually 3 commandments within the 2. The 3rd being you must Love Yourself, not n a selfish, greedy way but, in the Love He loves us with…it is the key to the Truth being able to Love God with all your heart and to loving your family, neighbors, and all His Creation. 2023 posts will include all the tools and fertilizer He has shared with me to grow and bear the Good fruit of His Love found in His Word. That is my Resolution, full commitment to Being and Living in His Image. So look forward to recipes, financial tips, meditations, excercise, nature’s health tips, and so much more. SMILE

To kick off the New Year with healthy eating, check out my daughters one minute videos with great recipes: https://www.youtube.com/@jademountainfarms

Won’t you join me in a Resolution Solution that “Works when you Work it” knowing, as He promises, “we are able”

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Shalom!

Ladies in the House!

Greetings to ALL whose eyes are reading this post! I want to start off saying, this is Not a Feminist post. This is a post about women in the Word & those of you walking with & in the spirit of Yah. LOVE.

Acts 17: 23-31 puts my digging into God’s word in a nutshell along with I truly feel the heart’s desire “In Me” to seek Him with all my heart, soul, & mind & when the Holy Spirit presses me to share, I obey. Not to mention, I always have wanted to know things for myself, not just listen to what someone else says, it says. I am not saying discussions by others, are nothing. I watch videos on You Tube about God’s Word, Religion, the study of Theology, & the Culture surrounding His Word. I often take notes, then I pray asking Yah (God) to show me what’s true and what is misconstrued. Then, I set off digging into His Word for myself. It was in the listening & watching the findings & teachings of others, I realized how few discuss the women of the Bible, their accomplishments, and how God used so many for important purposes. First and foremost, Ladies you All have been given important purposes & He will show you what that is “IF” you seek Him. One purpose whether you literally have children or not is: we are the ones predominately Raising the Men & WOMEN of mankind. We are the fertilizer and cultivators of Love in the gardens of the hearts of children. You know those seeds, in His image, God planted within us.

This is one of the reasons for my post, because it has been my experience we only hear about a few of the women of the Bible: Eve, Ruth, Esther, Naomi, Mary, Sarah, & of course Mary Magdelene being the most prominent. This has me on a CSI mission about “women of the Bible”. So today, I am going to share a few of these women & for the next couple of posts I will be sharing info on women of the Bible & how some of the women of today purpose walk hand in hand with these Fabulous women.

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/Bathsheba — Bathsheba like many of us was married twice. 1st she was the wife of Uriah, the Hittite and later King David. Depending on who you are, her story may strike home with you in your life. Check her out.

Deborah #2 – yep there are two Deborah listed – God used her in mighty ways. She sure was not a wallflower speaking only when spoken to. NO, she was a prophetess and the fourth, and the only female, Judge of pre-monarchic Israel in the Old Testament (Tanakh). Her story is told twice, in chapters 4 and 5 of Judges. Did you know this about Sandra Day O’Conner: On September 25, 1981, she became the first woman to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Now think about this, Deborah #2 was a woman of the Old Testament and in the article I read on O’Conner they were talking about how she finally crashed thru the final wall to serve in 1981! Yep, God had a purpose for her too, in 1981.

  • Hogla – One of the 5 daughters of Zelophehad who fought and won the right to inherit their deceased father’s property. Numbers Joshu [66] [67] You think that was an easy thing in the culture of these times? Don’t ya know her fight had purpose in our right to inherit our Father’s property?

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/Rahab — I can’t leave out Rahab. She risked her life to have a Life. Did you know she is in the lineage of Jesus? She is another one that it took Great courage for her to survive & help her family in her times. I am not supporting her line of work at the time however, do we know her story and why she was living as she lived? Does anyone bring attention to the fact she repented, was grafted into the family of God, forgiven, then followed God obediently?

These are just a few I chose to mention. Please feel free to check out the site below, that list All the women of the Bible, do some deep dive digging yourself, and Comment on who you found most interesting and why did she speak to your heart?

https://religion.fandom.com/wiki/List_of_women_in_the_Bible

I pray you enjoy this little series I am doing and may these women inspire you to greatness too.

Shalom!

When God speaks

Afternoon. Ya know how you can pray and pray and think you got your answer but, not sure? You ask yourself, “Was that from God or just me wanting it to be?” Then you get another sign and you say, “Ok, I hear you & you tell Satan, “get thee behind me” when those doubts pop up. Of course then a call comes that makes you question the very messages you got that made your sure. So, one more time you pray saying, “ This is a significant change I am about to take Lord, I really need you to be loud and clear. You know me Lord, I am sorta hard-headed. Who am I kidding, often I can be very hard headed and I need to KNOW that I Know. Even when I am well aware the doubts are actually coming from within du to all the mistakes I have made in the past. You know, those times I the Father clearly but, didn’t want to hear you loud and clear so I went the along on my own way, the wrong way. I could not get to sleep last night & I lay there saying, “I really, really am sorry, for those times I insisted on going my own way, I will listen and Obey if you will but speak to me please. I know this a big turning point, a new season, my Real opportunity to let the Old pass away and go forward washed clean. So, please Throw the Book at me” (so to speak.) For a couple weeks, I had been having this pressing to go to Bacon Memorial Presbyterian again, now that they are open. Then I heard they were having an outdoor service. I Love the outdoors so I took that as a little extra push. I had reluctantly gone there a couple of times before CoVID & actually liked it. There is whole story why I say that like that but, I won’t go into that. Just trust me it is significant and involves my parents, who were Presbyterians. Obviously, I didn’t follow in their footsteps. Because of that my Mom would say, “you just need to find a good Presbyterian church, you’ll be ok.” I would just roll my eyes & say, “let’s not go there”.

Well, this morning, the Holy Spirit Mother pressed me and in the background, I heard my earthly Mother once again say, “like I said, you just need to find a good Presbyterian church.” Woody had just finished up the garden beds all around the front of the church and it was a Gorgeous day. Not to hot and even had a nice little breeze. As the pastor got into the service she gave thanks for the garden and the gardener then went on into the service which was totally centered around the parables of the seeds, gardening, and being deep rooted in our relationship with Jesus. As she got into it I could feel my parents there especially my Dad. He was a Master Gardener and would have loved this service. He and I both Love the Earth and being outdoors & it hit me the date of his death was just 3 days prior. I realized even though he was not perfect, I sure am not either. In that moment, God revealed I had been holding some unforgiveness and I needed to let that old stuff DIE allowing the good seeds He and my earthly Dad had planted in me come forth. I could see how the hurt and unforgiveness of my earthly Dad had overshadowed the good seeds both he and God had planted in me. Not entirely but, there were still more weeds that had me enslaved and were chocking me. Yes, my Dad had planted some good seeds in me, including the tools of how to garden. Tools that which will for sure pay off in some of my new endevours. You see I am semi-retiring and God has already opened one door that will allow me to also take on some gardening/housesitting work. then right behind that opportunity, He opened the door to a little gardening job. Then yesterday, added to the mix is a possible opportunity for my ministry to grow. And sure as I was listening to the pastor talk about letting old things Die so newness of Life can come forth from the seeds that had been left behind, it all became clear that is exactly what is happening and my heart opened to Forgive not only my Dad but, some others too. Then there was my Mom again, ” see, you should listen to your Mother, you just need to find a good Presbyterian church”. There was the Book being thrown at me, I realized it wasn’t that I had to go to their Presbyterian church, which made me either want to leave or fall asleep, it was I needed the right Presbyterian church God had for Me. Right as I said “thank You Lord for speaking Loud and Clear” the pastor told us to turn to one page in the hymnal and then the music director said, “no, it is #1 Holy, Holy, Holy we are doing right now”. That really sealed it. That was the one song I remembered Mother and Daddy both singing when I was a child in their Presbyterian church. Of course, I had to give testimony of how the whole service had such an impact on me & how God had sure used the Pastor to throw the Book (Bible) at me. Not to mention, all the welcoming/loving congregation & Even the new garden! I literally felt I had been washed clean, set free from my burdens, restored and my inner garden had been fed. I know that I know, I am on the right road in this season of my life and now am looking forward to where all this journey will take me.

I know I have been pretty dormant for a while with my posting but, I can promise you will see more posts coming your way. One of the things I was doing during CoVid and my downtime was looking at my inner garden and pulling out some weeds that really had taken hold of me. It was a painful process at times but, now I am joyful for every painful tug and getting to the root of those nasty buggers so I could get them out permanently. Now those Good seeds can come to life and bear the fruit the Father planned when He created me. Like the song at the end of today’s service said, ” This Little Light of Mine, I’m gonna let it Shine

yep, that was my final sign for this season anyway, my fav song I sang as a child at my parents Presbyterian Church!

Have a Great Day! “May God hit you with a book too, that is if you need it.” SMILE

Rev.Jones

What’s in your Heart?

Hello, Hello…Recently, I was having some heart issues. Not literally. Praise Yah! Just all the stuff going on in the world and some personal loss too, which put me in a funk which in turn creates writer’s block. The positive out of the whole thing is it made me dig deeper into His Word for solutions. My heart issues are partially due to some weeds in the garden of my heart. So Yeshua and I are digging in to get them out – there is some hard ground in some areas too. So during this process of digging out the weeds and softening the ground I just wanted to ask have you taken a look at your heart lately? It was the reading of this verse that pricked my heart and the deeper I dug the more I realized I had some deep rooted weeds doing some damage I wanted to STOP! Matthew 15:18 starts off: 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart”

I pray you are all doing fine, healthy, and regardless of what the media tells you, Know this: God is in control and those who are in life’s journey with Him can count on His promises will be kept. So if you are struggling & need to do some weed pulling, here are a few to remember:

Isaiah 40:29. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5) “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil” (Jer. 20:11) “All things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom. 8:28)

Shalom