Give us this day our daily bills.
That became our prayer when our finances were turned upside down. As a former real estate agent, and a mortgage officer, we made a decent salary, enough to cover monthly business and personal expenses, including fun money. We took family vacations, ate out, and bought whatever we wanted, when we wanted.
Paying bills everyday or even every week, was foreign to us. As we were the type that paid our bills monthly. Just to know they were paid and out of the way, so we can enjoy the fruits of our labor!
Well, in 2007 when the real estate market crashed, so did our income. Monthly bill paying turned into, paying bills twice a month, then weekly. Before you knew it, we were paying our bills every day.
That was just completely for the birds! It wasn’t peaceful paying bills every day. But when you live off of commission and no money is coming in, that was our only choice.
It’s easy to trust God for finances when money is in the bank, but let your bank account get down to $2.25 and let’s see how much you believe what you say you believe in. That is where we found ourselves. We weren’t use to paying bills late, and not only were we late we were now incurring late fees. You can imagine with that, we grew frustrated so we called our spiritual mentors for help.
We remember so clearly when our beloved mentor told us, “this is your opportunity to trust God for your daily bread. And you’re going to have to find peace in the waiting. Your bank account leaves you no choice but to wait on Him.”
That may not have solved our problem, but it did help us find peace in the waiting. And while spiritual counsel brought some emotional comfort, she took it a step further and suggested we use a daily bill sorter.
We remember telling her, that will stress us out to see bills daily. However, she went on to explain that even though we are in a season of challenge, it can be peaceful when we choose to do things decently and in order.
She went on to say, that we may not have the means to pay our bills at one time; but by having them sorted and organized, we will know how to pray for specific bills. Not to mention, it will help us prioritize what bills need to be paid first, in order to avoid late fees. It was then that she blessed us with the daily bill sorter.
While implementing the bill sorter, we sought God for a specific scripture regarding our finances. In which God put 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 on our hearts to stand on.
“And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. 9 As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! 10 And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”
~ 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 (AMPC)
The Bible tells us that God will provide bread for our food and seed to the sower. And since we were cheerful givers, we reminded God that His word says, if we give, it shall be given back to us. That He will provide bread for our food (our daily bread, or you can say our daily bills) and give us seed to sow. That means He will continue to give us the resources, so we can continue to take care of our daily bills and give to Him and others!
We wrote this scripture and declaration on an index card and taped it to our bill sorter.
As we started praying over our finances with those scriptures and implementing our daily bill sorter, we found great peace in what seemingly was an overwhelming picture.Not only did we find peace, but our bills were getting paid on time.
There was one a time we had two bills due within a few days of each other. We were blessed with some money, but not enough to pay both bills. Therefore, we paid the one that was due first and then waited on the other bill. The very next day, we received a check in the mail; which was enough to pay that other bill.
That lesson of waiting on God for our daily bills helped us in so many other areas of our life. It taught us to wait and trust God for what He promises in His Word. In times that we were unsure of how to respond, or what to do, we simply prayed and waited on God.
It’s funny how God will take your mess and turn it into a message. God gave us a message rooted down in our hearts…give us this day our daily bread (bills).
Is there a mess in your life that God gave you a message rooted in your heart?
~ André and Timberley Gray
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