Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Financial Freedom Part 1

This has been an interesting journey I've been on. Let me give you a little background: First I was raised in an upper middle class family and I was the youngest of 4. My husband likes to say that I grew up with a silver spoon in my mouth. Ok, I was given anything I wanted but my parents gave me much love and a relationship with the almighty God as well, so I am not complaining! To contrast, my hubby was not raised wealthy at all and he has a much better appreciation of money than I do.

We have decided to start in a group called Crown Financial Ministries to help us with this area and to hopefully learn to help others. This is the beginning of week 3. I was not real excited about this class as I knew this would mean certain change in my life. ( I take dying to self very seriously!) But after much prayer I realized that the money isn't even mine it's God's and it's time I learn how to handle it His way.

Well, armed with this new information, the kids and I headed out to our favorite clothing store to buy my very tall 9 year old a shirt that was actually long enough to cover her midrift. As we parked the van I surprised the kids by telling them we all needed to pray before going into the store. They were glad to join in and we asked God to give Mom wisdom in knowing how to buy frugally and also in what to buy since this was His money we were spending. (We had $50 to spend). In the past I would have not thought twice about buying lots of clothes and putting them on the charge card. Today, we were using cash that had been assigned to the need. As it turned out, the store was having a buy 1 get 1 free sale! My daughter was able to get 2 shirts and 2 pairs of capri's for $50!!! I was so blown away at God's care. He knew about the sale and our need and led us there at the right time to meet our every need.

My husband was obviously pleased with us and couldn't stop smiling at dinner. Finally, I am starting to realize how much God wants to direct our every step.... especially in the area of finance.


Chatty Mom said...

Is this the same woman who told me she didn't have time for blogs! Welcome to the bloggie world!

What a great message! Inspiring and convicting both. Great combination.

I can't wait to read more.

Bonita said...

I'm proud of you! Isn't it fun to see God working right along with you?

I have a little testimony for you. My husband and I have been following Dave Ramsey's plan, similar to Crown, for a while and yesterday we became officially debt free except for the house. We had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way, but God has been faithful to us just like He has been faithful to you. It feels good to be free!

I look forward to reading more on your blog. You have a lovely family!

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