Wisdom for Wives

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Check-In #3: Check Yourself

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A few weeks back–OK, several weeks ago–I offered my first suggestion for gradually getting “checked in” to your finances: keep track of your spending for two weeks. Since I pay for most purchases by debit card, my plan at that time was to log in to my checking account after two weeks and review my transactions online. Now that it has been (ahem) 12 weeks, at least I can say that I have sufficient data from which to draw some conclusions! And the data has been eye-opening.

I already knew that most of my purchases are for food, but what struck me is the frequency of my purchases. Even with a meal calendar–which was a boon to my weeknight sanity in August and September (I slacked off in October)–I am still going to a grocery store an average of two more times after my regular weekly shopping. I’m also stopping for a treat like fries or frozen yogurt, “for the kids,” perhaps more often than I should.

I don’t think of myself as an excessive or frivolous spender. I rarely go clothes shopping, for example. When I do, it is often at a place where the employees wear red polo shirts. But after taking a closer look at my day-to-day spending, I can definitely see room for more thoughtfulness. Which brings me to today’s check-in:
Keep track of your spending (again), for one week this time, and ask yourself a few questions at the end of the week:

  1. Does anything surprise you about the frequency, amount, or where you spend money?
  2. Are you intentional about your spending, or is it based more on impulse?
  3. Do you see any opportunities to save money by changing when, where, or how often you shop?

As I said before, I’d like us to get back on a budget as a family, but I think it’s important to first look at where I need to be more disciplined.  As wives, however little or much of the family budget we may have control over, we can ask the Lord to help us to be faithful with that amount.

~~His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23a, NIV)~~

May the Lord help us to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us, and thank you for stopping by!

Susan

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Fresh Mercies Daily

Friday afternoon, as the work week came to a close, some events at my job began to unfold that I feared might end on Monday morning with a reprimand, or worse.  There were multiple parties and factors involved, but I felt largely responsible.  I had a knot in my stomach most of the weekend.

Saturday morning, my husband kept the kids quiet and prayed for me during a conference call with my co-workers.  Some of the issues were resolved.  I was very grateful.  And still worried.  “I messed up,” I texted a dear friend.  “May God have mercy.”  She responded with a reminder from God’s word.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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As I continued to consider the possibilities that Monday could bring, my mind kept going back to that verse. Honestly, I still expected something terrible to happen on Monday morning.  But I also believed that God would be with me, with fresh mercies to get me through it.

As it turned out, nothing happened on Monday.  NOTHING!  No one appeared to be at all upset about the weekend’s events.  Not only that, someone thanked me for my support!  I had asked only for mercy to survive whatever disaster would come, but God spared me the disaster entirely.  I’ll take it!

Do you recall a time that God exceeded your expectations?  Did you hold on to His Word while you waited?  Share what the Lord has done!

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