There’s a roast in my oven. It is my favorite way to make it (here). And I have a roast in my oven for two reasons: the kids went back to school today (HOORAY for space and quiet! I have not been alone since December 18th–and this introverted heart needs some days away from the fray of people.), so I had time to go to the store, and sweet friends sent us a gift card for $50 to Wal-mart. I used it, only going over by $1.77, and now I have the makings for two days of groceries for our little tribe of six.
You see, we have a budget! Let me say that again, WE HAVE A BUDGET! We have tried at it for several years, and failed in sticking to it or creating one that accurately reflects our actual state of the union in the Smith home. We are boundary pushers. Always have been. But that is no excuse…we must set ourselves up for success by setting ourselves under a standard of what will really work. Today we choose it.
God has been so good to us. He has provided abundantly in spite of us…and we are now walking in a place of obedience in financial things. It is like I lost 50 pounds or something–such a weight is off my back.
It helps in my days and weeks, too, to know how much work to accept. As a work-at-home jack of all trades (administrative assistant work, web design and development, scoring essays, editing books, etc…), it helps me to know what we need budget-wise AND it helps us to dream and plan for the future.
For the first time in years, we have a savings account with money in it. And that money there? It is purposed for different things. After bankruptcy, we just didn’t have the ability to get past the paycheck to paycheck. And little (I mean little! But enough) by little, we are stepping into a new season.
It just feels right. And I wanted to share about it with you today. Perhaps financial things are not your struggle, but you have others. I get that! I have others, too! And I don’t have much to say to that except this…
I took this picture when the Waldo Canyon fire erupted in a big way. Chris and I well remember coming out from a date one afternoon and seeing the smallest plume of smoke. That little plume became a monster destroyer!
It is like our choices every single day–what we do, how we think and even our choices NOT to _____(fill in the blank). Those small little choices add up to BIG ones. For good or for bad, we must guard our hearts, friends. And this is not just a matter of gumption. It is a matter of choosing–and making space for intentional planning and getting accountability. Ask someone to ask you about it. Ask God to help, too!
Jesus is FOR you, friends. You can count on Him to come through for you this day.