I have been writing on this site for over one year now. During my first year, I really felt like I shouldn’t try to make money with it like some other bloggers do. It was simply to be an offering to the Lord.
As of a month ago, I have branched out with a very small bit of advertising and printables for sale. I stopped making items from my other business not too long ago. We are a large family, and a little bit of extra income does help!
Now onto the “why” of this post…
My husband listens to messages quite often during the day, and he passes them along to me. Unfortunately I do not have the time to listen to each message, so he often shares the important points.
He shared that during a message about greed, Daniel 5 and the writing on the wall was discussed. Belshazzar offered Daniel great riches and standing if he would interpret the writing. But this was Daniel’s response:
Then Daniel answered, and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another; yet I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation. -Daniel 5:17
Basically Daniel refused any payment for interpreting this prophesy. There are also other instances of those doing God’s Work refusing payment.
I am not saying that those in ministry shouldn’t be paid for their labors. That is definitely not the case. However, monetary gain should never, ever, be the motive behind ministry. The worker should be more than willing to “labor” free of charge if it is for the Lord. Our thoughts should be ever present on God, without concern of money, vacations, etc. This is much easier said than done, (believe me, I know!), but that should be our goal. The Lord will provide for us.
That being said, I have decided to mark every digital item that glorifies God in my etsy shop Joyfully Made down to $0.25. This includes many printables for your home as well as a few educational printables. I pray that this is a blessing to you, and the $0.25 covers listing fees only. I plan on doing this for the foreseeable future. A few of these resources are still listed for $2 on this site, so please head on over to Joyfully Made to get this deal!
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I pray that God will bless you richly as you seek to grow in Him!
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