Black Friday Trappings!

Yes that time of year is upon us and at times what I like to call ” religious trappings” or “financial trappings” and Santa Claus accepts Master Card & Visa!

If you’re way over your head in debt before you start shopping, then I would encourage you to think twice about spending money you may not have or buy for gifts to people you do not like! I was shocked that my Capial One card charges me 17.9 % with interest rates and even worse department stores at 21% to 26%!

We don’t always have to get into debt to make somebody happy, especially if we do not have it! Making something or spending more time with a loved one is really the phrase”Priceless”!

Has anybody checked the cost of living, rents, housing in the greater Boston area lately? I’m not saying to become a scrooge, and there are times we have to sacrifice or get an added part time job, but the true meaning of the season is to share love, time, and caring for one another other. Even going out of our way to bless a neighbor or somebody in need.

A few years ago, I bought picture frames and made meaningful picture portraits for my family and others. The project took some time and not very expensive, but the expressions on their face were, yes you got it, “Priceless!”

Yes, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”, I try to remind myself, do I or do they really need this or just want it? Can I or can they wait for that gift and save for it rather than get deeper into debt.

Owe no person anything, except the debt of Love” Romans 13:8

Just some food for thought to think about. Enjoy this time of the season and make it count. Have a great day and weekend. Safe travels!

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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