B – A – L – A – N – C – E. I just love this word.  It makes me think of

steadiness,

consistency,

contentment,

calmness,

peacefulness.

 

 

 If we are worrying about money — we aren’t feeling any of the joy promised by these beautiful words.

There is so much scripture that addresses the financial keynote area of our life. It is no accident that Christ spoke about money throughout his ministry.  Not to mention the beautiful picture of the frugal, creative, innovative, Proverbs 31 woman.

Two thoughts come to mind from my recent readings:

1.  The easiest way to save money is not to spend it!No matter how good the sale. I am discovering that living simply often takes more time and energy. But I love what it produces — home-cooked, nutritious meals that makes the house smell authentically warm and cozy; a sense of accomplishment when I see the laundry on the line; order when I know that drawers and closets and tops of furniture are uncluttered; and a sense of peace knowing that I am making memories for our family and when I am gone the “things” around the home will have meaning.

2.  Am I a good steward of my husband’s money?  Staying at home is not always an option for every wife so this is addressing those women — this is a wild change of emphasis for me!  I have always thought of his hard earned money as ours.  I will be quick to tell you that he works harder than me — {however, it is like comparing apples to oranges} we both work hard at our different jobs — but I will also quickly take a week of my stress and “to do” list over 1 day of his. 

Just saying the words “my husband’s hard earned money” changes my focus and makes me think twice.  Does it affect yours?

Reference: ” Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:21)

A Sampling: This is the question I ask myself: Is there anything I can do that will improve or better the family’s financial standing?  I routinely clean out, declutter, and set aside items that I no longer love (sometimes I question how I ever did love them!) to sell on ebay. I routinely sell our homeschooling books and curriculum. Using the library instead of purchasing books. Keeping an eye on the grocery bill and this fall I have been making a concentrated effort to make more from scratch.  Menu planning is a very important component to my grocery-buying system. It helps me spend less, use leftovers more creatively, and saves lots of daily time not having to think about it!

How can you improve your family’s financial standing? Schedule these activities/projects into your simple weekly calendar.

This is a 10 part series.
Please enjoy the other posts under the category: simple weekly calendar.

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