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...]

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...]

More Time with My Spouse :: Something’s Gotta Give

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When the baby cries to be held one more time. When the daughter wants to be taken just one more place. When the son wants to buy one more game. One more. One more. How close is the rope to fraying? Sometimes just one more pull. One more feeling of pressure, and a snap will come. It’s physics. A rope is created to withstand only so much pressure before it gives. … [Read more...]

Married and…Going from Two Incomes to One

Married and…Going from Two Incomes to One

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...]

Not Enough Left to Buy An ICEE

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I don’t have control over much in my life. In my 20’s, this fact was a daily struggle for me. I would clamp down, trying to control the circumstances—and, therefore, the people—around me. Spoiler: It didn’t work. Most of the time, it left me frustrated and angry—red flags (which I worked feverishly to ignore) of the disconnect between the Christian I claimed to be and … [Read more...]