No, that’s not a typo in the title. This Christmas, instead of giving presents, give presence. That’s the message the people behind the Advent Conspiracy want you to hear. Let’s make this a Christmas where we all worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all. That’s my goal this year. Less stuff, more worship. … Read moreThis Christmas Give Presence
Some might say the timing is a coincidence. Some might say it’s irony. I fully believe it’s the hand of God. On Monday I wrote how I’ve been struggling. Struggling with frugality, struggling with time for God. There’s a bit more to the story, both before and after what I wrote on Monday. We went … Read moreAnd God Speaks
You’ve saved diligently and always spent less than you earn. You’ve lived your life on a budget and have a healthy emergency fund. Then the economic troubles we are all facing start to catch up to you and your family. One person in the two-income situation loses a job. You slowly start to dig into … Read moreWhen to Stop Tithing
As most of you know, I headed up to Portland for a homeschooling conference over the weekend. I learned a great deal about homeschooling, though that’s not what I’m going to talk about today. The one point I kept hearing over and over and over again, the point that I am going to talk about … Read moreCharacter Matters
We can learn a lot from ants. Yesterday as I was thinking about what to write about today, I came across a great list of scriptures pertaining to personal finance at ChristianPF. (If you haven’t read the ChristianPF blog, you should. It’s a good one.) I thought it might be interesting to focus on a … Read moreChristian Perspective: Lessons from the Ant
Corrie ten Boom is my personal hero. Do you have a personal hero? Who is it? Have you thought about it? I have a personal hero. It’s Corrie ten Boom. If you’ve never heard of Corrie ten Boom, she’s a Dutch woman, whose family hid many Jews during the Nazi reign. Her family was turned … Read moreWho’s your Hero?
It’s been a month and a half since my husband lost his job. He’s worked a few different part time jobs, done a little freelance work, and is still currently looking for a nice full time job. It hasn’t been all bad though. We’ve spent more time together as a family, and we’ve learned a … Read moreUnemployment, Tithing, and God’s Provision
And how much should you tithe? 10%? Less? Conventional wisdom would lead one to believe that tithing while trying to repay debt is counterproductive to the goal of being debt free. If you put the money you would normally tithe toward debt repayment, you’ll be out of debt more quickly, right? Conventional wisdom, however, is … Read moreShould You Tithe When You Are in Debt?