Monday, December 1, 2008

Finances . . . The Final Frontier

I discovered a new website this morning I couldn't resist clicking on the title Financial Worries! My ends lack a long way to meet these days, and just this morning I was reminded when I checked my bank statement online. Don't you just hate the way banks switch the order of our purchases and deposits, depending on the amount? I know we don't usually discuss our finances openly, but after reading Suze Orman's story, A Matter of Perspective,I decided maybe I should. It really is one of the last frontiers in my life that needs to be explored, tamed and settled.

If you are challenged in this area, like I am, I encourage you to read these stories. I hope this can be an encouragement to you and me, especially as we begin this season of giving.

A Matter of Perspective Read Suze Orman's 7 steps to financial health.

A Spiritual Approach to Financial Worries
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's tips to find strength over financial problems.

How to Find Yourself After Losing a Job Getting laid-off was a blessing in disguise.

The Truth About Money How we all invest a little of ourselves in our finances.

One thing I believe God has given me the idea to do, is to be open with my kids about money. Maybe even to the extent of working up a budget, letting them see what we spend money on and when the bills are due, and what and when my paychecks are. It would give me accountability as well as give them a clear picture of just how this thing called "money" works.

My son just called me to brainstorm about how I could get my photography business going. Talk about timing! He's driving back to Houston after spending Thanksgiving at home. We came up with some great ideas and I'm excited about getting started!

My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19


Donna said...

The books by Dave Ramsey are also very helpful! He has a web site, popular radio show, and tv show. There is so much information available on the web these days too. If you click on the blog link for Remodeling This Life on my sidebar, you will find that she has a whole host of blog links for money management articles.

School curriculums are sadly lacking in teaching about personal money management, so most of us learn as we go (and make mistakes, LOL). By all means, teach your children about budgeting!

Sally said...

Thanks so much for all the great links. I'm sure we're all feeling the pinch, now especially. I know I am, but I also know I put myself in that position.

Most definitely I believe the kids at least have to know that money doesn't grow on trees. I remember when my daughter was little, and she'd say "Just write a check". :)

Just Joni said...

...I must still have money...I still have checks!

Just matters are important and I think it's equally important to pray about some of the ways we spend it...I've personally tried to return to the basics for more reasons than money, and I've been pleasantly surprised what things are no longer so important to me anymore.

you have a good idea to share these links at this time of year ~

pfranklin said...

Great post and great reminder.
Sleep well tonight, Phyllis