On Sunday, we wrapped up “The Blessed Life” series talking all about generosity. Throughout the six-week series, we covered topics like tithing, how giving is all about the heart and what it means to be truly generous. Watch the full series on YouTube here.
Money can be a touchy subject, but it’s something that impacts every single person’s everyday life. While you may think money has the power to determine the direction of your life, “success” has more to do with your heart than the amount in your bank account. It’s your responsibility to steward (to direct and manage) the resources you’ve been given (time, money, talents, health) and obey God with what’s in your own hand.
The truth is, God will always provide. He tells us just that in Matthew 6:25-34. In verses 31-32 Jesus reminds His disciples of this truth:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
It’s up to you to choose to view whatever is in your hand (no matter how big or small) as a tool to honor God, take care of your family, bless others through generosity – and to have some fun, too! Thankfully, there are plenty of resources available to help you on your journey to healthier financial habits. It’s never too late to start making good choices in this area of your life!
Here are a few articles with great advice on how you can build a budget that works for you, get out of debt and dive into the truth behind money conflict in marriage:
“You don’t have to reach the end of the month wondering where your money went. Doing a budget is simply telling your money where to go.” – Dave Ramsey.Com
To learn how to create a monthly budget that works, click here.
For a free monthly budget tool, click here.
“Part of following the vision God gives us requires us to properly manage what He provides, and that includes our finances. One of the biggest things that can hold us back from accomplishing the things He sets out for us is debt. Take a step toward freedom from debt today!” – Adrien Hummel, “This Helped Me Get Out of Debt”
Read this blog from Life.Church about why it’s important to say goodbye to debt and how to make it happen here.
To see a step-by-step example of a “Debt Snowball,” click here.
“What goes through your mind in those little scenarios is what Jeff and I have begun studying for our next major research project on what is underneath our responses to money in relationships? Because when there is conflict or irritation, we know it isn’t about the money.” – Shaunti Feldhahn, “What is Underneath Our Responses to Money in Relationships?”
Read this blog from MarriedPeople Monthly about how to work through money conversations with your spouse here.
Want to learn how to completely overhaul your finances, get out of debt and change your family tree? Sign up to be notified when the next Financial Peace University Class opens at Faith Community here.
We’ll see you here next week as Tabitha Caplinger shares some great tips to enjoy the holiday season!