If you haven’t realized, I’m a couple of weeks behind on my 7 (by Jen Hatmaker) posts. Reading and writing have fallen behind while keeping up with daily blog posts and contributor posts.
But, this chapter of 7 is right up my alley!
No, I’m not a spender; I’m the complete opposite!
I’m a stickler for a budget and I cringe when I spend unnecessarily. But, that doesn’t mean that we don’t spend in this house. Honestly, I haven’t kept up with the budget like I should the last few months. I put it off just like Q puts off cutting the grass! That means what should take 30 minutes to an hour takes a whole evening!
But, I still stick to a budget. I have since I sat down with my Mom a few months before our wedding. It’s something I think is pleasing to the Lord and it’s something I couldn’t imagine myself living without. Peace of mind in spending is a must for our house.
Unfortunately, we still spend unnecessarily. We still buy things we don’t need. And, we still live in excess; compared to the rest of the world.
Just because we tithe and keep a budget doesn’t mean that the Lord is pleased by what we spend our money on or how much we spend!
Hands down our biggest area of excess in spending is our “pocket money” section. It never fails that we are constantly negative in our “pocket money” area of the budget…and it drives me nuts! We just can’t figure out how to stop eating out, or buying little things here and there.
I have to ask myself, “Is He pleased by that?”
I don’t think He is. Why have a budget and not stick to it just because you know you have the money in the bank? What could I be doing with that excess if I truly did stick to my budget? How much more peace would I have (than the peace I have of just having a budget) if I didn’t have to constantly figure out how to get my “pocket money” out of the red?
Can you imagine the difference we could make if we spent what we needed to and gave away the rest!?
A huge difference!
I’m resolved to be a better spender, to make some changes, and to give a little more!
How are you spending? Do you feel that the Lord’s pleased with your spending habits? What can we do differently?
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