Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

Faking And Finances

By: Erlinda Mejia-Olson

1 TIMOTHY 6:9-11 ~ “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Money is a lot like mirror it reveals all kinds of things about a person! Sometimes it reveals the person's generosity, kindness, and willingness to serve others. But other times it uncovers the less attractive parts of the heart. The way you spend and respond to money can reveal areas of pride, selfishness, and even insecurity.

A recent survey found that many people hide from their money issues because they're insecure. They want others to see them as someone who's completely together and confident. So they buy lots of nice things to give other people the impression that they're happy and secure.

Take a moment to reflect on the way you handle your money. Are there any areas you could improve? If so, you may want to consider getting an accountability partner. It's the same idea as having a walking buddy-someone who keeps you going when you want to quit. You bare your soul to this trustworthy friend and this friend to check up on you. Let this person know what you struggle with the most: hiding bills, justifying unnecessary purchases, "misplacing" statements, giving generously, etc. Set up a plan that gives your partner permission to nudge you back into line when you slip.

Be willing to hold yourself accountable for your mistakes and be opened for change. Money itself is not evil - it's neutral. It is the "...LOVE of money that is the root of all kinds of evil..."(1 Timothy 6:10).

Don't drown yourself with materialism and egotistical ambitions. Ask the Lord to help you clear the cobwebs on your financial pathway. Your efforts to get real with yourself and your money will be rewarding. As you see your true reflection, admit your weaknesses to God and take advantage of His refreshing forgiveness. The Lord delights in those who are good stewards of His blessings.