I’ve never been too much on having the “BEST” of everything.
I am actually a Thrift Store, Peddler Mall, Second Hand shop shopper.
This is probably because I like older things if in good shape and usable.
I find that the quality of older things is usually better made than things now.
To bring something from old to new again with a coat of paint or just a good cleaning makes me happy and satisfied.
A saying I have hung in my kitchen is –
“When you LOVE what you have,
Then you have EVERYTHING you need.
Since my husband passed almost 11 months ago I have had to make all the decisions in dealing with the purchase of things.
My car was 5 years old and paid off.
My dilemma was to either keep my older car or to purchase a new one.
My mind was in a whirl!
I’m not one to just get rid of things as you can probably tell by my shopping admittance I made, unless unusable, broken or not functional anymore.
I asked a few people I trust for guidance in this decision, where as I usually would have had a partner in advising me.
The pros and cons.
A list was made.
As I drove to the car dealership, I prayed for God to lead me in making the right decision.
I would know the signs the Lord was giving me if I listened closely.
I had figures, make, model and even color in mind.
I had cleaned my 5-year-old car that we had kept serviced and clean.
I was proud to say it was worth what I wanted.
I didn’t want any more than that.
I was able to be truthful with all answers concerning my trade-in.
The car I got… YES!... I purchased my new car last Saturday.
- The car I wanted was actually sitting right in front of the dealership’s door where I walked in.
- The young man I talked to on the phone was right there, even though he had no idea I was coming.
- Every aspect of price, trade in value, rate on loan and number of years financed was right on target.
- I expressed how I was guided by the One I put my trust in.
- I was given the words to say and able to keep a nice verbal conversation throughout the buying process.
- I drove home knowing I had made a wise decision with the guidance I was given
Before I even got home my interest rate was lowered even more and payment dropped by a few dollars.
The Lord doesn’t want us to put Material Items above Him.
He knows we need things to get along in this world we live in.
Transportation being one of them.
I needed a safe, reliable car being a woman on my own now.
And He met all of my “needs!
A good car, not the most expensive
A car with the essentials, not all the “bells and whistles” as they say that I needed
A great interest rate and a payment that is definitely manageable for me
Three nice gentleman I dealt with that seemed to have my interest as well as theirs in mind
This is what the Lord can do for you!
1 Timothy 6:6-8
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
1 Timothy 6:9
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.