When the Saver and Spender Unite

When the Spender and Saver Unite

I’ll never forget the first time my husband told me he had received an overdraft fee on his checking account. We were dating, not yet engaged, and as we were having lunch and talking about work, he casually mentioned that he had been charged an overdraft fee. I almost choked on my sandwich. I tried to play it off cool, as if overdraft fees were not a cardinal sin in … [Read more...]

5 Ways You and Your Spouse Can Plan to Be More Generous With Your Money

5 Ways You and Your Spouse Can “Plan” to Be More Generous With Your Money

I had just signed up to become a financial coach for serving in church ministry because of my passion to help people manage money wisely and learn more about what it means to steward God’s resources. I’ve always had a passion for personal finance. I’ve read the books, magazines and created my fair share of spreadsheets. However, no longer was I managing my resources … [Read more...]

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

This article, this truth, this word from God has been in my heart and mind for years now. What price have we paid, what has it cost us, to not observe a day of rest? A purposeful, intentional day to “cease and desist” and just look at our six days of labor and accomplishment and be thankful for everything God has given us. To take a day and just be thankful for having completed … [Read more...]

When Giving Money Is Easy for One Spouse but Not the Other

“Christmas gifts for 23 of your family members? Why can’t we draw names?” “Our friend’s kid’s first birthday? Really… like the kid will remember or even care. (Oh, never mind, the $500 of other gifts they will get from all of the other suckers who bought into it!)” “Ol’ So-and-So needs money for something… if they would have just managed their money right in the first … [Read more...]

Trying to Make a Household Run More Smoothly

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For many couples, household chores can be one of the top sources of marital conflict. Finding a way to communicate your needs and work together with gracious understanding may take time and some trial-and-error, but is well worth the effort. Jena Shockley started out with a system for managing chores, but it didn't necessarily work as well as she'd hoped, but eventually … [Read more...]

What Hospitality Looks Like in Real Life

Hospitality In Real Life

Growing up in the South, I often pictured hospitality with Sunday potlucks, front porches, and bridal showers decorated with sprays of flowers and giant crystal punch bowls. I thought hospitality required being more like Martha than Mary. And it all seemed pretty exhausting. However, one of my greatest discoveries in the last five years of marriage is that hospitality … [Read more...]

Family Financial Planning for Procrastinators

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Hi. My name is Jonathan and I’m a procrastinator. The New Year is an awkward time for procrastinators. Not because of the resolutions which surrounded us, though. Resolutions don’t come out of thin air. Resolutions come from reflection. It’s customary to “take stock” sometime between Jesus’s birthday and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. For procrastinators, we look back on all … [Read more...]

Married and…Adopting Internationally

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Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in our “Married and…” series where we will interview couples from all walks of life. It is our hope that you are encouraged by the stories of people who have similar journeys as you, who share the same dreams you have, who face the same obstacles you do, and who can remind you that your marriage isn’t the first one to experience the … [Read more...]

Protecting Our Fall Schedules

Protecting Our Fall Schedules

As school events, work events, sports, band, and dance practices are in full swing, I keep thinking about a situation that happened to my wife and me a couple years ago. One September day, my wife reached out to an old acquaintance to invite their family over for dinner. I had heard good things about their family, and I was excited to meet them. We knew that with 3 kids and … [Read more...]

Missing Opportunities by Worrying

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The other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Urban Achiever. If you listened to alternative Christian music in the 90’s, then you should check out this great podcast hosted by Billy Power. In an interview with Mike Lewis, Mike talked about how he and his wife went on a mission trip to Africa. In his words, he said Africa landed on him. Because of the … [Read more...]