Thursday, January 6, 2011

Money.

it may be a bit of a taboo subject. i mean, until recently, i was uncomfortable talking about it... much less taking the actions i knew that i needed to do, and that were required of me if i wanted to get out from underneath the weight of what the world is telling me i need. when i got cancer, and went through treatment, i was committed to cleaning up my life. not just a goal of remission of my body, but also my mind. okay, am i losing you yet? i know, this is deep. jonathan and i are fortunate enough to be starting with almost a clean slate. i say almost, because we do owe money for a student load... which is considered "investment debt." but even that, we are setting a goal of paying off. God is doing a wonder on our lives right now. basically, He is "cleaning house." and we are enjoying nothing more than watching Him take out the anti- bacterial and clean up our acts. so back the the M word. a step in this process definitely requires us to examine our financial situation. what are we spending, why are we spending, how do we feel when we are spending, and a biggie, what is it doing for our marriage, kids, and future? we are setting ourselves up for some big changes to occur this next year. we will need prayer and support as we "act" on our faith, make bold moves in the direction that Christ is calling us. we need to be obedient children. so yes, this even means that we are talking money. one cent at a time. that is my resolution. i resolve to know what i am spending and why. i mean REALLY ask myself, why. some great tools we are using is the envelope system. accounting for ever dollar, and budgets and savings. with all of that on the for front of our minds the number one step we can make is that we are doing this as ONE. we are required to be responsible for our money, so that our kids can go to college, and our grandkids can have an inheritance. if you are needing some insight on this subject i would recommend daveramsey.com. brilliant, brilliant, brilliant stuff! i encourage you, make a move in the direction of financial freedom. the world will tell you you need a better car, a bigger home... but think about this: "if one hundred people represented the world's population, fifty three of those would live on $2 a day. Do you realize that if you make $4,000 a month, you automatically make one hundred times more than the average person on this planet?" oh my gosh!!!! you are rich!!!!!! it's time as a collected body of people, to stop focusing on what we don't have, and focus on what we do. 


i am so ready to live the opposite of this:





Luke 8:14
"...but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures..."



 
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