My money, my time, my home, my book, my thoughts, my body…

I worked hard for these, you know. They are mine. Mine! Hands off! I earned them, I own them.


The still small voice says in the back of my head, in the depth of my heart, right in that place where I know truth, but I don’t want to go there, and I choose to ignore it. It’s mine, mine and mine alone.

I’ve got rights, you know.  We the people all the way!

So the hot water heater breaks and the saved money goes down the drain. And one of my children needs me and the accumulated time just flies away. And my house goes up in flame on the coldest day of the year and all I own is burned up. I don’t even have no place to call home anymore. And I leave my precious book on the bus and all its words are gone from me. And confusion moves in and my beautiful thoughts get all mangled up. And this strong body I created? I watch as it slowly breaks down under the pressure of years, and unpredictable weather, and bad choices,  diseases and exhaustion.

I am left with empty hands.

Empty heart.

And a dismantling castle that has lost all of its luster…

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And only then am I ready for the still small voice. I am ready to listen.

That money? I gave you power to make it.

The time you jealously guard? It is only on loan.

The book? It’s replaceable, don’t fret over it.

Those thoughts? What good will they do without My Word to back them up?

And this body you claim as yours? I made it for you.

I made it all for you to enjoy, to steward, to grow, to make fruitful.

And to the one who has, more shall be given. Because he doesn’t hold on to it for dear life. Because his life is in Me. And that is where the fruitfulness happens.

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  1. I loved this article. Such a good reminder that all we have belongs to God, and He gives it to us, and entrusts us to handle it as good stewards. I’d love for you to link this up with my Tuesday blog party tomorrow over at Courtship Connection. 🙂


  2. Wow, I loved this. What a great reminder that all we have belongs to God, and is given to us as stewards. i would love for you to share this tomorrow at my blog link up party at Courtship Connection. 🙂


  3. Barbara,
    Beautifully written reminder. As I grow, I am reminded that we are stewards, even of our own lives. I am given over, more and more, to humility and gratitude.
    Blessings upon you as you enter the New Year!


  4. So true and beautifully said. Thank you for sharing this with Into the Word Wednesday. Time is fleeting and all we have is on loan. I love this. Off to make the most of my day with what has been given. Many blessings to you Barbara.


  5. Hi Barbara
    I see the greatest asset we are Mede stewards of us the gift of our Pappa God’s grace! May we live wisely in Him, trusting Him to be all in us through His grace!
    Much love XX


  6. Barbara, this is so very true and really touches my heart. It’s so important to remind ourselves of how finite this life is and the trappings within are temporary and gifts from God!

    Thank you, Mahalo so much for linking up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop last week. I am following you back by the way. 🙂

    If you have time, we’d love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven’t already! We are hosting a great giveaway too which is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra exposure to you lovely blog. Come and link up, enter the giveaway (if you haven’t yet) and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}


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