I have recently experienced abundance, and there is no other way to explain it than to acknowledge that faith and finance are interconnected if you believe it to be. When I experience blessings such as this, I always ponder what they could mean and why they found their way to me. I drew a connection between money and spirituality.
When I placed the three one-hundred-dollar bills in the envelope and went to the produce store to buy fruits and vegetables, the cash felt good. No, it felt great.
Stepping up to the register after my son and I picked out our necessities. I bought a green and red pepper, eggplant I know he will not eat, his favorite kind of apples, some lettuce, and then I looked into my envelope.
The $300 in cash was still there. I sighed with relief.
That is the thing about holding onto actual money. Although it’s only a tool, it can create feelings within a person that extend beyond joy. It can give you peace, gratitude, sometimes even desire – it instills good emotions in some, feelings of greed in others. Money can tantalize the senses for better and for worse.
The Spiritual Aspect of Money.
There is an immense spiritual aspect to holding actual cash rather than using plastic while shopping. I think it is where faith and finance meet as abundance, joy, and peace bubble up. When I scouted around for evidence, I chose to look the idea up in the Bible and found the Scripture reference to the fruits of the Spirit. You can find the text in Galatians 5:22-23,
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Paul was writing in his letter to the Galatians about the true nature of living a Christian life. I think it is applicable to offer this verse to single moms as it relates to our money lives, too. When we apply these fruits to our money lives, we can experience joy and peace in our finances.
The shift in behavior is worth it.
Try it. Imagine having cash in hand and not using plastic of any kind and noticing how your body feels when holding onto it before purchasing an item. Be faithful to stick to the list you intended to shop with and impart self-control throughout the store.
You will love how you feel when you check out at the register and the deep sense of peace you have on your ride home with kids in tow, grocery bags filled.
So, Where Do Faith and Finance Meet?
For some of us who are stressed trying to make ends meet, holding onto pure cash creates a sense of abundance far more than holding onto a checkbook filled with blank checks and an ink pen.
Faith and finance hold an obvious connection for believers. Many of us worry about making it through yet another month. As single moms, the stress of having enough for our children, ourselves, paying bills, buying groceries, and general living can be genuinely overwhelming.
In this, I have realized that if I declare myself to be a faithful Christian, I cannot go about my life worrying about having enough. We are supposed to trust through everything, so how can I not trust God to provide me with clothes to wear and food to eat?
He promises us prosperity for those who believe – who am I to question that?
Of course, many of you reading here may not share my belief system, and that’s completely fine. Most of us believe in something, and we find our reassurance in that we are not alone and we will be looked after when we suffer.
I will be the first to say that sitting around and doing nothing will get you nowhere if you are struggling. Go out and do everything you can, apply for that job, fill in that grant application, let your kid apply for that scholarship.
Then, if you share a particular faith, pray and trust that you will receive the blessings meant for you.