“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 (ESV)
There are many things I can do well:
Being organized. Bargain shopping (or any kind of shopping). Braiding my daughter’s hair with minimal bickering.
I’m pretty sure when God was handing out the gift of patience, I skipped right past that line for something else.
Blame it on being the baby of my family for twelve blissful years. Or perhaps it’s because of my notoriously headstrong streak which dates back to my toddler days.
Whatever it is – I’m a huge fan of when everything and everyone around me moves in sync with my timing, my plans, and my way of doing things.
The world just seems to flow better when I feel like I am the one in control of my life and my circumstances.
So to hear the word “WAIT”, it’s the equivalent of someone trying to snatch that control out of my firm grip.
And my initial response is to put up a fight…even if it means fighting with God.
If reading “Why God Keeps Interrupting My Shopping Sprees” nudged your heart in anyway, then I’d like to invite you to join me on The 30 Day Money Saving Challenge.
I know starting something new can be overwhelming but the challenge is really simple. For the next 30 days, let’s commit to:
- Set a weekly cash budget and not exceed that spending limit…unless it’s a life or death situation.
- No credit cards and no debit cards. (Because when’s the last time you tracked EVERY SINGLE TIME you swiped on your debit card?…exactly!)
- No unnecessary spending…not even if there’s an amazing sale.
- No impulsive shopping.
- No retail therapy.
- DIY whenever possible (like DIY hairdos, manicures, and pedicures to name a few)
- Bring a bag lunch to work.
- Home cook meals, instead of dining out…unless someone else is treating of course.
- Make a list whenever we do have to shop, and STICKING to the list once we get to the store.
- Sign up to receive our free annual credit report to get a true indication of our credit health.
- Actively look for ways to reduce spending (like coupons, canceling services we don’t absolutely need, attending free events, etc.)
- SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!
These are just a few quick and easy lifestyle changes that will benefit us spiritually, physically, and financially.
The goal isn’t perfection or to stop spending money completely. The goal is to develop more self-control and to be more discipline with our shopping habits.
Throughout the 30 days, I’ll post more practical money saving tips and encouragement on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
And I’ll be looking for comments and pictures from your journey as well! Just be sure to use the hashtag #30daymoneychallenge
Some days will be easier than others but I’m excited to see how much money we can keep in our purses and wallets. Most importantly, I’m excited to see how this challenge will help change our spending patterns for the long haul.
So before we find another sale, let the savings begin!
I’ll never forget the day a minister at my church put me on the spot in front of the entire leadership team. Everyone was getting ready to head home when out of nowhere he got the brilliant idea that we should take turns quoting one scripture verse.
Simple enough, right?
Well, I panicked. And instead of reciting my favorite scripture (Philippians 1:6), I awkwardly fumbled over a verse I thought would make me sound super deep and sanctified.
Valentine’s Day is one of the few holidays that people either really love or really hate.
There are those who rightfully preach the message of showing love every day of the year. Then there are the people like me who see nothing wrong with having an extra day to be pampered and loved on even more.
If you can identify with that second category of people AND you’re single then chances are you’ve probably wished you could skip the month of February altogether.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (3 days for those who are counting) I’ve decided to share my 5 simple tips to help you survive this Valentine’s Day!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday parties. Family gatherings. Spending time with close friends and loved ones.
And of course, presents!
For many of us Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the giving and receiving of gifts.
But gifting can be tricky.