Man, there can be so many reasons in life to give each of us a sense of failure or giving up because nothing is going right. And to be completely honest, I believe it stems from fear.
Fear can rear it’s ugly head in any situation. It shows up in our finances, our work place, our home life, our children, our marriage, our sex lives and even in our walk with the Lord.
Fear of the unknown can be so overpowering at times.
In finances, fear tells us that there is no way to get ahead in life. There just seems to be more going out than coming in, so we get credit cards to ease the burden a little.
You can buy now and pay it back over time. But, with that, you have just added to your monthly outgo and are in fact overpaying for the product. That is unless you pay the whole bill off every month. And I know very few people who do that..just saying.
What happens if one spouse loses their job? What about the single mom who often times struggles to even put food on the table on a weekly basis all because of debt?
What does God say about fear, regardless of the situation?
And this one because He knows us so intimately…
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Luke 12:7 KJV
How can we possibly relieve some of the pressure in our finances?
Well…this may tick you off…but for starters…you don’t have to have the crap you think you do!
You need clothes on your and your families back. And no, they do Not have to be designer brands.
You need a roof over your head! And it does NOT have to be extravagant. It just has to have the essentials and enough room for your family.
You need a dependable vehicle for your family. That one depends on the size of your family. But no one NEEDS three vehicles, like some feel they do so the husband can drive one to work, the wife drives one and then you have the play toy for the weekends.
You do not need newest phone or gizmo that comes out. Those are wants, not needs.
But, what if you are in that financial pickle and fear there is no way out to get out from under the stress of bills?
Have you thought of selling some of the things that you do not use to help pay off some bills. Even a little towards principle helps.
Do you have a bill that is almost paid off? Instead of counting that money as oh boy now I can go get this item. Why not take the money and apply it to another bill, so you can pay it off faster.
No, it’s not easy. I’m the world’s worst at trying to do that but when I did apply it…it helped.
If you’re married coming together, as a couple, is a must. After all you are in this together…right? Talk about it, pray about, seek counsel if need be. Just don’t give up.
Because, if you have children…you can’t. They are watching your lead in every aspect.
But mostly importantly, trust in the fact that God is there waiting to help in every way you can imagine and more. Talk it out with Him, sit, be still and listen. You would be surprise and what your Creator, who knows your needs before you do, might have to say.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.