by Tim Howington
Managing Yourself When There is No Money to Manage
I attended a college meeting once where the speaker asked for a couple of volunteers from the audience to come and illustrate a point he was making. He chose a big burly football player and a petite cheerleader type gal. He had a large clear pitcher of water, filled to the rim. He handed this to the cheerleader and told her that her task was to keep the water from spilling out of the pitcher. He then told the football player that his task was to make her spill the water. Well, as you can guess the football player was successful. The speaker then turned to the audience and asked “why did water spill out of the pitcher?” The audience was split: some said it was her fault; some said it was his. Then the speaker made a profound statement that I have never forgotten. He said, “Water spilled out of the pitcher because water was in the pitcher.” He then went on to explain that life will bump us from time to time and whatever is in our hearts will spill out. Continue reading “Chapter One- Managing Yourself When There is No Money to Manage”
by Tim Howington
This book is the by-product of a painful process of financial anxiety over about a 12 month period where the Lord sustained my family by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. We paid every bill, ate every meal, and never lost our housing, transportation or the clothes on our back. So, by those standards we were very blessed, and to some degree, we learned to be content.
But, every night I prayed diligently for the Lord to intervene in our lives. Every day I worked hard to secure the funds we needed to survive. And while I desperately wanted the “Lord’s will” to be financial stability in my family’s life, I knew that there was something else going on that was bigger than just me paying bills on time. The Lord was stripping me of my pride and my independence. The Lord was teaching me about how to manage my spirit when there was no money (little money) to manage. The Lord was connecting me to the needs of families all around me who are living paycheck to paycheck and asking themselves if God can be trusted. Continue reading “How to Manage Yourself When There is No Money to Manage – Intro”
Psalms 3–4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your hand-made sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?
-The Message Version
One of the biggest transitions for a newly married couple is moving from me to we. After a life of singleness, the coming together can be a challenge for the two-some. This is true for several areas but particularly challenging in the area of finance. The number one cause of divorce is unresolved conflict, and while couple fight over a lot of things, conflict over finances is at the top of the list.
One of the more interesting analogies in the faith walk is the picture of Christ as husband and the Church as bride. While that picture is compelling, it can also be helpful in understanding how we can relate to the Lord. As we continue our study of Biblical principles about money, this study covers verses from Acts to Revelations. This portion of Scripture looks at the early church (the Bride of Christ). From a great history lesson in Acts, to instructional letters to the young church from the apostles, this section is rich with things we need to know as believers, including principles about money.
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This is the year that I am going to clean out my garage. No, really I am! I say that every year and I piddle at it most of the time but this is the year that I am going to go for it. I am getting rid of the extra stuff in my house. I even have a box or two still unopened from when we moved in 13 years ago. I wonder what’s in there?
So, what do spring cleaning and generosity have to do with one another? What if you and I used our spring cleaning ritual to finally get rid of that extra stuff? What if we emptied our homes of the things that we don’t really need? What if instead of hoarding things, we gave them away? What if we gave some of our furniture away before it was completely dilapidated? Or did a hard sift in our burgeoning closets? In our community, there are countless families who would benefit greatly from extra clothes, decent furniture, kitchen appliances, and seldom used sporting equipment. Continue reading “Generosity while Spring Cleaning”
At Freedom 5:one, we consider one our core ministries is to identify resources that will help families in the area of finances. We have listed several below.
I was listening to Ron Blue this morning on Family Life today in a broadcast called Outrunning the Debt Monster you can listen to it on Family Life Today in Little Rock. Family life has a number of great resources that talk about how finances effect the family and marriages. You can check them out at www.familylifetoday.com
Ron is one of the leading wisdom guys in the area of money and money management and has a lot of great resources at his website at www.ronblue.com
5 Biblical Principles he talks about are Continue reading “Outrunning the Debt Monster”
I would not have made a very good Israelite in the days of Manna. You remember those right? The nation of Israel had recently exited from Egypt under the strong arm of the Lord and had left the Egyptians in complete disarray. The victorious nation with heads held high would soon war with the nations of the promised land and live in a land full of milk and honey or said another way- a land so blessed that they would have everything they needed and more. The plentiful vision of the land to which they were heading set up an expectation that would come to haunt them for the next 40 years or so. As you probably know they would receive the Law of God in the middle of a Golden-Calf revolt. Then they would “chicken out” at the border of the Promised Land at Kadesh Barnea. Because of their lack of faith, they would spend the next 40 years wandering through the wilderness. How disappointing! Continue reading “The Blessings of Daily Bread- Intro”