Money: Understanding Your Relationship With Money

–in_god_we_trust_coin

I hope you have been thinking about some of the things we shared from Sunday.  Particularly, I hope you have been thinking about what your relationship with money is.

We asked you to start tracking your money – see where and how it gets spent.  Some of you may do this already, however if you don’t do this, you should know the truth.  The truth is that most people do not have a fixed budget written down that they follow.  They have a general idea of where their money is spent, but they don’t exactly how or where it goes.  So if that’s  you, rest assured you are not alone.

The benefit of tracking you money, shows you where your heart lies.  Jesus taught this in Matthew chapter 6, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”   To help you do this, we wanted to point you to some resources that are out there to assist you.  (The internet is full of resources on financing and budget, feel free to look around, these are simple resources that we thought would help get folks thinking.)  Also, these habits and conversations can be difficult to have or get started with.  It can be helpful to have someone who has done this before to walk alongside of you.  If you are interested in having someone help you get started, let us know.  We’ll get you connected with someone who can help and offer advice and suggestions for you to choose to follow.

The resources are:

  • Build a Family Budget that Works article by Laura T. Coffey (attached)
  • Better Money Habits Website – bettermoneyhabits.com – This website is powered by Bank of America in Partnership with Khan Academy.  There are number of helpful finance resources that are easy to use and understand.  We encourage you to start with this one:
  • The Simple Dollar – www.thesimpledollar.com/ – The Simple Dollar began as a site for people who are fighting debt and bad spending habits, while trying to build a financially secure future and still afford a few luxuries in life.  Download the free ebook on personal finance.  
  • Dave Ramsey – www.daveramsey.com/ – Dave Ramsey is considered well-respected and brilliant financial adviser and planner.  He encourages and trains families to live within their means to gain freedom from debt so they can invest in the kingdom of God.  His website has a number of free resources at http://www.daveramsey.com/category/tools/.

This Sunday we’ll watch a great video and hear more about our relationship with our money and what implications that has in our relationship with God, ourselves, and others.

Build a family budget that actually works

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