Payday with a shared bonus at work, JOY JOY!!! God rescues my wayward ways, credit card creepingness, my backroom of bills, oops-es of overspending. This one is for recovery, the taxes will be for repairs, but a small slice of this is for sillyness and sweetening my step.
Blessed are we to earn wages. I am blessed to work, to get to feel productive, and especially get in to see people socially. And although work is daily drudgery to some, it is all in your attitude. This past 2 pandemic years will eventually become yet another of the shortest memories from the longest trudgery years of stress, safety, and especially unknown. And yet our WORK was a known. Our work AT HOME also the HUGEST of hills to climb. I grabbed onto it all and dug in. Work as escape-ness as well as productive busy busi-ness. I’m seeing lights at the ends of tunneling thru projects, but don’t stop digging now. I’m praising for when I actually get time to work and like today, I’m PRAISING WHEN I GET TIME OFF (it’s POLAR PLUNGING DAY). God granting opportunity to BREATHE, be BEAUTIFUL BEAMING JOY, but we need to take our JOY seriously. Witnessing is worthy work too.
A bonus… Please don’t take this as a boast… just want to remember that I am BLESSED… so, now, what amount for me to praise financially back to God? A certain % as tithe? Special ear-marked anything? nothing? something? I had already loaded my IKEA cart. I had already booked my Amazon boat. I have backlogged bills ready to unjam. I awoke early and excitedly clicked into banking app and IT WASN’T THERE… ahh… hmmm… One bank had the normal deposit, good to pay the mortgage, but the second bank must have been held up… waiting for SOMETHING to release. A log jam of the logs in my eyes likely… So true of God to make me WAIT until I RE-focused. FOCUSED on HIS PLAN for my pay. Focused on HIS PLAN for my day. Yeah, God, I get it. I will tithe in tilling the soil. How I want to help Your Garden Grow.
It’s easy to lose our salt. Put it in the wrong piles. Over season the soup. Kill the plants by overdoing it. Look at a rainstorm that washes road salt away. Look at us getting flooded with busyness and failing to find, let alone share, the SPARK of SALTINESS. We have to reapply. However look at how just a little salt makes a BIG impact. Salt made all the difference yesterday, the trees were iced but the roads fine. The salt melts ice IF the temperature is right.
Salt is pretty much FREE, and deposited under our lakes. Salt is plentiful FREE in the ocean. It recrystalizes readily. However it takes time and money and commitment to harvest it, to bring it forth to where it is usable. Same with our commitment to use it. A pile inside does nothing to help the path. You have to go out to spread it.
Salt living for the Lord is witnessing to His Goodness. And He IS Good. I looked up from my bank app, with no bonus, and the first two words I saw were “SALT” “SUPPORT”. Yes Lord, YES. I am to live, spend WISELY, be the supportive spender that will help You. (MONEY IS A TOOL, a favorite saying is: money is a good servant but a cruel master)…. Being SALT SUPPORT means that our tithe fraction AND the whole kit and caboodle of our spending CAN HAVE REAL IMPACT on the roads of rescuing, resuscitation, reworking, restoration and recovery. REALLY. Go out and spread it.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
I readjusted my attitude and clicked again, this time I just waited until AFTER banking hours opened, someone physically probably had to click a button. And, there was the bonus. Whew. My head adjusted. THANK YOU. God gives good things, especially PAUSE. I needed God to sprinkle Holy Spirit on me. SALT SUPPORT means helping others spread the Word as well as spreading it yourself. Don’t let your bucket go dry. Be the spark to a ministry, a meal to a missionary, a Hand to Helping.
We are called to be SALT and LIGHT. We are to SHINE hope and spice up life. God knows that the world needs us to be God’s Givers of Hope. Spreaders of Joy. Jumping Joybeans for Jesus. Just make a salt-water SPLASH.
As a cat sits with you while you rest, your salt supports stack up while you work, waiting for you, and then you can use them for the Lord’s work. As you know, the salt on food preserves it and makes it palatable. We are to be THAT salt. “Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.” Leviticus 2:13
My salting today will be where the Lord says: “Sprinkle some salt here!”…
We are SALT SERVANTS.
We are SALT SUPPORT.
We are SALT SPREADERS.
Unjam your JOY.
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
BLESSED IS THE ONE THAT TRUSTETH IN THE LORD, AND WHOSE HOPE THE LORD IS. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah14