Wisdom for Wives

"Be diligent to know the state of your flocks …"

Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Coming Clean

This afternoon as I was upstairs loading the washing machine, I heard two of my kids bickering on the lower level. I was about to shout down to the offending sibling, “Are you treating your brother like you would treat Jesus?!” But before my lips could form the words, someone that I’ve been having a hard time with lately came to my mind. I knew that my honest answer to that question, was No. Definitely not in my heart and attitude. And I had to repent.

"The King will answer and say to them, "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." ~ Matthew 25:40

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Does anyone come to your mind?

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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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