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Mar 05

On Denial, Giving Up and Material Things

I used to be a very materialistic girl. I was not wise in how I spent money or my time. I was very selfish and not a good help meet in this area.

While I have been able to turn around the time issue, and begin to be the help meet I was created to be……the money issue will take years to fix.

In Mark 8:34-37, Jesus speaks to His disciples about giving up life, denying yourself, and thereby saving your life.

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Mark 8:34-37

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

As I have come to grow in Christ, I desire to give all I am, all I have to Him, and to the furtherance of His gift of salvation! Yet, due to past choices, I am unable to do all I’d like.

What did all the things get me? When I think of it, my heart is saddened. How many lives could I have helped touch with Christ?

It is sometimes a daily struggle for me to die to my selfish materialistic desires. The growth that I see in me through God’s mercy and graces makes it worth it all.

My life is nothing without Christ and through each denial, each giving up myself moment; I am becoming more like my Savior.

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  1. Kate @ Teaching What is Good

    I think this is one of the never-ending battles…sacrifice of self. Thanks so much for your open honesty, and for linking this up with me this week.
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Oh yes, I don’t think I will ever get this one right ;) Thanks for stoppin by! Blessings!

  2. susan

    I run into your blog constantly! I love it. I completely understand the financial thing – my husband and I took out horrific amounts of student loans. It was a really unwise decision that we have spent years paying on and will continue on in for years. It makes me sick to think of all the money that could have been spent on God’s kingdom. It’s very difficult to let go of that regret and simply live TODAY making wise decisions with our money. It’s so hard, even we I think we have moved on….. I would love to follow you on twitter or facebook. Am I missing it?
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Oh yes, living TODAY making the BEST decisions TODAY. Making a DIFFERENCE TODAY! :) My buttons are on my home page :) Pretty pink little flags with the appropriate social media tabs :) Here is the direct link —> Simply Helping Him Blessings!

  3. Marty

    Bless your heart, I think we’ve all been there in one way or another. Thankfully God is faithful to use us where we are and you may be surprised at the times and means He has used in your life to touch someone else for Him. Take heart and go forward wiser and humbled :-)
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    1. simplyhelpinghim

      Yes, He is faithful though I am not. Thanks for your encouragement! Blessings!

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