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  1. Kate @ DCL April 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t know that I would think of myself as a “lover of money” – but this is definitely convicting to take money and how we spend it a lot more seriously. We are careful with our spending, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily with the mindset of trying to advance the kingdom (vs just generally being frugal/ good at saving.) Convicting and Refreshing to try and change how I think about this topic…

  2. Rachel Williams April 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    sobering thoughts here. Thank you!

    I heard something a while back that was helpful for me to understand Jesus’ comment about the eye of the needle. I always thought, “why would He say that?? that seems so random.” But it wasn’t at all random!
    “The Eye of the Needle” was a very small gate. After researching a little bit to check facts and find a picture, I came across some comments that this was not actually a thing, and others that said it definitely was a there’s that…
    but either way, the point is still clear that you have to remove the baggage and put down what you’re holding tightly to, so you can hold tightly to Jesus! 🙂 Just what you said, Michelle!

  3. Shanna Corum April 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    WOW.. This passage was brought several areas up my own life. Yes, I have asked myself “what does it mean to sell everything you have and give it to the poor”? I have definitely have taken God for granted when it comes to money in the past. My heart has never fully understand the concept of being a steward and not an owner. And right now in our life, God is showing us how much we actually need in our life. Slowly, God is taking more and more away but he continues to provide the bare essentials. Thanks Michelle for sharing this parable.

  4. Cristina Williams April 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I totally relate to your mom’s question. Nick and I have sacrificed and downsized so much, from sharing one car almost six years now to not having any living or dining room furniture for almost two years. That is only a glimpse into what God has been doing in our lives. God has convicted us with material items (especially me), along with physical and emotional struggles–all of which were idols in one way or another. It has been a battle with great triumph, surrendering and trusting.

    Back to your momma. We still live in a nice apartment (praying about whether we are to stay here) and definitely believe it’s okay to have nice things. Earlier this week, I commented on that exact thing in a Facebook group I’m a part of. The leader brought up the verse about selling all of our possessions.

    Coming from someone who has sold cars and given away more than I thought I would to continue pursuing the call on my life, I replied in the Facebook group that I believe the Lord is more interested in our heart with it all. I’ve had many impure motives before. That is a totally different situation, and as a result, meant a heart check and adjustment was necessary. I find that even with all of the sacrifices, obedience, and growth, there is still more that God is stripping me from.

    I admit I often ask God, “How much more? How much more do I have to give up?”

    The answer: As much as He asks.

    It’s all His anyways.

    Regardless, I’d still have everything I need and more.

  5. Rebekah Madren April 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I’m so glad I watched this…I had just received one of my biggest paychecks in awhile and my FIRST thoughts were how I could spend it on MYSELF. : ) So humbling, and SO refreshing to be reminded of God’s intention for our money. I LOVE the larger vision.

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