Living on a budget isn’t always easy.
During the course of The $20 Challenge, there have been a few dark days — when I just couldn’t make the numbers add up. Where is the money going to come from? I don’t want to dip into savings or go back to using credit.
Luckily, on those days, some aspect of my faith has always come through.
This week I have been reading Gabrielle Bernstein’s book The Universe Has Your Back, and it’s been chock-full of just the kinds of reminders I need when I start to realize I’ve been worrying and ruminating.
The first passage that struck me was a quote from A Course In Miracles: “The presence of fear is a sure sign you are trusting in your own strength.” As I’ve been so inclined to do these days, I made a new wallpaper for my phone that says this:
“The presence of fear is a sure sign you are trusting in your own strength. Fear = separating from love. Separating from love = denying the strength of God.”
It’s a way of reminding myself that I don’t have to worry, be nervous, feel anxious or act from a place of fear or desperation — because when I’m afraid, I’m simply forgetting that God has a plan, and even my “dark” days (which suddenly don’t feel so dark any more) are part of that plan.
What has always tripped me up in the past are the human things we have to go through even when we know this life is a spiritual journey. Okay, I can trust God. But what does that mean when I have to pay the bills and I don’t have the money to do so? Today, I am faced with this Truth: That has never happened. All of this thinking, these hypothetical situations, the trying to sort everything into black and white, physical versus spiritual, is just the Ego talking (Ego = Fear). I have never *actually* run out of money. I have always found a way. Or, rather, God has always provided the way.
This is the kind of breakthrough I mean, and it’s not to be taken lightly!
Yesterday the “way” I was provided with was an easy, simple source of income I had completely forgotten about tapping into. Or perhaps I’d considered it a couple times, but it didn’t feel right before, when now, it does.
Today the way came in the form of business inspiration, new ideas, digging deeper and finding a more authentic desire and foundation for moving forward with future projects.
I asked for guidance, and I received way more than I could have expected.
Will I still have to get creative with my money this week? Maybe. But these powerful breakthroughs are available to me at any time, if I continue to ask for guidance and make good on my word of acting on the guidance I receive.
Sometimes we go through periods when we feel far from our faith, religion, spiritual anchor or whatever we practice or believe in. And other times, fortunately, we draw closer to that which revives our spirits and gives us hope and strength — to know what to do in finance, in business, in relationships, in all areas of life.
In a perfect world, we’d never “forget.” We’d always feel close to God. And often we feel guilty for turning to God “only” when times or hard or when we “really” need some help. It’s okay. Remember the story of the prodigal son? Faith always welcomes us back with loving arms. During the dark times, when you ask for guidance and you receive it and you experience breakthroughs like I feel I have, don’t doubt them or wave them off as some kind of coincidence or bad advice or mumbo-jumbo you’ll never put into practice. Take notes, and review the guidance that has come to you in the form of ideas, solutions and possibilities. Trust in them. Receive the hope they provide. I’m always prodded to think…what’s your OTHER option? NOT having trust, hope and faith? No thank you. I’m going to take this and run with it.
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