What a wonder that I do not have to worry about our family finances. I don’t need to worry about anything, actually. God says so! For that I am grateful.
Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of gratitude. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 6,7
Instead of stressing over past mistakes and an uncertain financial future on an income that qualifies our daughter for reduced school lunch prices, we can continue doing what we’ve set out to do from the beginning of our marriage (and before when we were single).
- My parents taught me to “save ’till it hurts.” I always have, so it is second nature. For that I am grateful.
- The first three years of our marriage, when we both had excellent-paying teaching jobs, we lived below our means. For that I am grateful.
- When we shopped for our first home, we both laughed out loud when the bank wanted to loan us $200,000+ for a rather large, new home. We went for the cozy, 1,200 square foot, circa 1965 model. For that I am grateful.
- Knowing while we were engaged (and even while we dated!) that we both wanted me to stay home and raise any children that God saw fit to give us, we tried to live on one income from the beginning. Oh, how much easier the actual transition was 5 years later when our daughter was finally born! For that I am grateful.
- When God called us to Tiny Town, with it’s teeny-tiny salary, I only panicked momentarily. (Does a whole weekend of intermittent hysterical bawling qualify as momentarily?) Then I let God do his thing. He proved his faithfulness by getting a really good price for our former home (in less than 24 hours on the market!) and gave us a bigger home in Tiny Town for about 1/2 of our selling price. For that I am grateful!
- Even on our small salary, because of the way we live and manage our money, we are able to give. It feels so good to bless others. For that I am grateful.
While our country is in turmoil over bad financial choices and greedy behaviors, we can rest in the promise of our God. He has taught us well, and thank goodness we have listened, um, most of the time! (because we don’t always…) And praise be to God that even if we lose it all, all is not lost. For our hope does not rest on any amount of money, but in the One who never fails.
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