when all this stuff comes on the news about the debt ceiling, blah, blah, blah. i completely tune out. not because i don't care. well i kinda don't. but mostly because the government will never control my family's personal finances. God will. He has never failed in taking care of my family. never. not even once. there are months where what we are bringing in and what goes out does not add up, but we always have our bills paid and food on the table. we are beyond blessed by our heavenly father. i am so thankful for our lives and the things that He has blessed us with.
most people in our financial situation would laugh at me for staying home full-time. but it's something that i have prayed about time and again. how did i know? well part of it was the financial class we took through our church. the other was some lady i didn't really know. just a teacher i was subbing with one day last spring. she said that i was so lucky to stay home with my son--her children were older. she said a day does not go by that she doesn't regret not staying home with them when they were younger. she said your kids grow up once. once they're grown, they're grown. you can always go back to teaching, but your kids grow up once. WOW! that is exactly what i needed to hear. i know that was the confirmation from God telling me to do what my heart was telling me to do--and from Him as well.
we took a crown financial class last fall that has drastically changed our view on money. i now look at things and think, "is that a need or a want?" ok, i can't say that i have perfected that view. and probably never will. but i have put it into use more times that i can count. i've had many moms tell me they want to stay home, but can't. one income just isn't enough. i would in most cases, disagree. no, i don't know every person's finances--but it usually comes down to spending. living and leading a moderate lifestyle. do i love shopping? absolutely! but it's not a necessity all the time. tag is our first child, so he will be lucky to get new things--or nice things, gently used. i love to go to practically perfect--a resale clothing store in our town. i have gotten the best stuff there! once the baby comes--if it's a boy, he will wear tag's clothes. the only cost we will have is diapers/wipes..breastmilk is free :) and if it's a girl, it will be re-sale and old navy clearance! the stuff they mark down a few times, and then have an additional 50% off--thrift stores can't even beat those prices!!
then it comes to tithing. something we used to just do. if we forgot a week, i didn't think twice. now i do. micah is not working a salary job--but at an hourly wage. some weeks are great and others, not so much. i know that giving to the church is something people grumble at--i grew up passing the offering plate to my parents and watching them give every sunday. so i am pretty lucky to have a positive view on giving. i know it's to expand the kingdom of God. and i know that when we are faithful to God, He will be faithful to us. and once again, He has never failed.
i guess i just wanted to share because i am so sick of hearing about all this government debt. i just think of all the times God has provided for us when i was in doubt and how i should be more thankful in my every day life for everything He has given us. Thank you, Lord. and thank you for not letting me worry over the troubles of our government!!
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10