Last night I was lying in bed thinking about a couple of things. This was sMaLL stuff–you know–like how I was going to get everything done this week, if I had enough activities planned for the kids this summer, and if I was going to get the stain out of those tan pants :-/
All of a sudden, “Are you praying about it?” popped in my head. For a second I pushed the thought away because I thought it was silly to pray about such minor things. But then I remembered how Jesus wants us to talk to Him, no matter how great or small the worry may be.
Are you worried about something? Fretting over, what to most people, may seem like a silly little thing? If it is a worry in your heart, then Jesus isn’t laughing. Talk to Him. Share your concerns and allow Him to CaRRy your load. I am sure even He wouldn’t mind carrying a small load every once in a while :)
May Peace Be With You,
A few years ago I did something that iMpRoVed our financial stress. In addition to tracking our monthly expenses, I made a simple spreadsheet that estimates what our bank account will look like in six months.
Whenever I log our monthly expenses, I also update this 6-month sheet (to see an example, click 6-Month Spreadsheet). At the top, I enter our most current bank account total. Below, I have the pRojEcTed expenses and income for each month. You should have a pretty good idea on how much you spend if you already keep track of your monthly expenses. If not, now would be a good time to start! If your income varies due to sales or farming, etc. you need to enter in a realistic number to ensure your 6-month projection is as accurate as possible and doesn’t give you false hope.
One reason this concept comes in handy is because it anticipates yearly bills. Propane refills are already estimated in the months of October and January, so when the time comes there is no big SuRpriSeS. By taking into account all of your known expenses you won’t have to worry (and stress!) about moving money around to accommodate.
I especially like the 6-month forecast when I want to make larger purchases. If you’re itching to buy new carpet, you enter in the total and instantly have a good I D E A how much it will affect your finances in the long term. For example, you may get a bonus at work and see an immediate increase in your bank account. You go out and spend it all (and maybe a little more), and then two months later you are panicked because you forgot your vehicle tags and taxes were due. See how this could have been avoided?
As far as financial surprises, like if our car breaks down, I don’t estimate for that. You will find that if you do the 6-month spreadsheet you won’t be likely to spread your bank account too thin. Pick a number that will give you a nice CusHioN for emergencies. As long as you stay above your goal you can avoid roller coaster financial stress and feel more confident in the purchases that you make!
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I was given a devotional a few months ago (from a very thoughtful and great friend!) and it has cHanGed my life in so many ways. In case you are needing a spiritual boost, help with calming your anxiety, or a reminder that God has good pLaNs for you (even if you currently don’t believe Him!), this is a book I highly recommend!
There is a devotion for every day and I read it every morning. The devotions are only a couple of paragraphs long–it only takes a second to read–yet it will help you ALL day long!
Here are a couple of my favorites:
January 17- “Come to Me with a Thankful Heart, so that you can enjoy My Presence. This is the day that I have made. I want you to rejoice today, refusing to worry about tomorrow. Search for all that I have prepared for you, anticipating abundant blessings and accepting difficulties as they come. I can weave miracles into the most mundane day if you keep your focus on me….”
April 16-“…When you criticize or complain, you are acting as if you think you could run the world better than I do. From your limited human perspective, it may look as if I’m mismanaging things. But you don’t know what I know or see what I see. If I pulled back the curtain to allow you to view heavenly realms, you would understand much more. However, I have designed you to live by faith, not by sight…“
This book also makes a great gift! I have purchased this book for others by going here. I also purchased it on Google Books so Doug can have it on his smartphone!
Maybe a good Father’s Day gift to consider :)
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After the devastation of the Joplin tornado and all of the threatening weather last week, I can’t help but mention that I’ve had several moments when my MIND began to ponder the “what if’s”. What if I and/or my family doesn’t survive a tornado? Although the chance of us ever being in a tornado are extremely low (I’ve lived in KS nearly all my life and haven’t even seen one!), have you noticed life can cycle through these feelings of insecurity? I may experience the HappiesT day ever and then wake up the next morning with subtle feelings of fear, worry or anxiousness. How frustrating!
It is easy for our minds to drift to these thoughts, but as I get older I ‘m better at ConTrolliNg these feelings. Yes, all of the “what if’s” are frightening, but I heard a priest once say, “Worrying about something won’t add any more time onto your life.” So true!
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I figure the only option is to stay optimistic. I try to live each day as if it were my last, but also try and live as if my family will live to be 100. Who knows, we may be the lucky ones that have a LONG healthy LIFE and nothing to worry about! I just know that PositiVe ThinKing sure helps me sleep better at night. Don’t let the devil win this battle…God gives us a life that is too sweet to waste, so make the best of what you have now.