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"When he came to his senses, he said, 'how many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death"! (Luke 15:17)

How many of us need to do as the prodigal son did, and come to our senses? How many of us are going day by day, living "prodigal lives"? Here is some definitions of a Prodigal Life:
  • Living excessively
  • Wasteful
  • Costly
  • Reckless
  • Lacking caution
  • Thoughtless
You may ask, what does a prodigal life have to with the title of today's blog. EVERYTHING!! You have to know where you are, before you can start where you find yourself. Just as this son began to realize where he was, we have to do the same thing. He realized that he was in a pig pen starving to death, because of his prodigal living, and he came to his senses, and started where he found himself.
He had to hit the reset button on his life, but, he had to come to his senses first. And that's what we have to do, when we find ourselves in prodigal living. We have to hit the reset button on life, and start where we are at. If one day you find yourself, in a pig pen as it relates to your finances, start there. If you're in lack, debt, bills piling up, and your not paying your tithes and offerings, and just not able to do the things that you're supposed to do. You just start where you find yourself.
Often times, people say things like "I'm going to start paying tithes and sowing seed when I start making more money" or "I can't afford to save any money now, but when I get caught up I will". And everything their saying starts "when", it's all contingent on something happening later in life. Why not start now?
You ask, "how do I start now?" You use the prodigal son as your example. When he came to his senses, he said I'm going to my father's house, your Heavenly Father that is. And you do like he did. You get up out of that mess that you are in, and say "Father I have sinned against heaven and against You, I repent for the wrong I have done, and I receive Your forgiveness." And as He sees you from a long way off, He will run to you, and wrap His arms around you, and kiss your neck, and show you great compassion. The Word says "draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8a)
God is waiting for us to come to our senses. He is waiting to show us compassion. We don't have to struggle and live prodigal lives, He wants to come in, and help us. But we have to do our part, we have to "START WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES!!"
I have faith in you!! I know you can do this!! We'll do it together!!

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  1. Kellee this is such a good post and many who read will be inspired. I believe we all have been in that "when" cycle and find ourselves never getting started or ahead. One phrase that stood out to me is when you stated "and I receive your forgiveness." Many pray and ask for forgiveness but do not receive the forgiveness from our Heavenly Father. That is a very important step as well in embracing all the love and compassion that follows God's forgiveness. Once again great post!

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  2. Sonja, yes people get that forgiveness part messed up every time! He already forgave us, now when we repent we have to "receive" His forgiveness. And that "when" cycle is very tricky, as "when" doesn't happen for a lot of people. And then they miss out on all that God had for them.

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