4 Truths That Will Transform Your Budget (and provide peace of mind)

Before my husband and I were married, we took a well-known course concerning our finances. We learned all of the best ways to plan a budget and save for retirement. And while all of it was wonderful and practical, I couldn’t help but wonder if, in all our financial planning, we’d forgotten how much the Bible has to say about the matter. Nothing this course taught was unbiblical. In fact, the teacher himself was a Christian. But the truth is that no financial planner or well-executed budget can prepare us for every life event. We plan and prepare, but no amount of planning will give us true peace when it comes to our money.

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Why Stewardship Plays a Significant Role in Financial Peace

Money is one of the most difficult topics to discuss in the church. Why is that? After all, money is universal to everyone. Seriously… everyone on the planet uses some form of exchange system to buy and sell. Yet for some reason, we get really uncomfortable. Perhaps it has to do with ownership. We all feel inclined to believe that our money belongs to us alone. We get to decide what to do with it. And to some extent, that is true. God cares deeply about ownership. In fact, many of the laws He gave Israel in the Old Testament placed an emphasis on rightful ownership. But in other ways, we need to remember where our true treasure lies. The things of this world are just things, and in the end, it all belongs to the Creator. As Christians, we are called to stewardship rather than ownership.

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3 Ways That Giving Will Increase Your Financial Peace

Would you consider yourself to be a giving person? I’m not talking about making charitable donations or giving to your church, but rather the overall picture. Many will give to things they believe in or give in their abundance. But “givers” are a different breed. They naturally give of themselves in every circumstance. Givers have no problem surrendering their time, their skills, and their resources to meet a need in someone else’s life. And while many of us have no problem giving in our abundance, givers make sacrifices. They give even when it’s hard. Some would say it’s not financially smart to sacrificially give, but what if I told you that being a giver would increase your financial peace?

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How to Keep Peace When It Comes to Your Family

You don’t get to choose your family. I can clearly see this truth in my daughters. When my youngest daughter was born, she was born into an already established family with a built-in big sister who didn’t like her much at first! Now, they love each other. They fight like sisters naturally do, yes. But they miss each other desperately when they’re apart. As we grow older, our families become more complicated. We gain more and more extended family members, and people go through “phases” of life that can sometimes be not so pleasant to witness or endure. Unfortunately, tragedy can strike, bad decisions are occasionally made, and feelings are sometimes hurt. So what then? How do we handle these things as a family? How do we keep peace as Christians?

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3 Reasons Why Peace and Joy Go Hand-in-Hand

One thing we all have in common as human beings is our desire for happiness. Sure, we may go about it differently. Some of us try to find it in relationships, while others look to a career or financial security to provide happiness. Either way, we all want to be happy. But did you know that peace and joy go hand-in-hand? Think about it this way. If you are uneasy or stressed it is much harder to be truly happy. More often than not, joy and contentment work together in our lives.

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Why You Need God’s Peace to Accomplish Your Destiny

If I were to ask you what it takes to accomplish your destiny, what would you say? What first comes to mind? Hard work. Dedication. A plan of action. What about peace? Does peace even come to mind? Probably not. But the truth is that God’s peace is an essential part of walking in our God-given identities. And if you’re not walking in your true identity, accomplishing much for the Kingdom will be extremely difficult… if not impossible.

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Do You Desire to Have Peace Beyond Understanding?

Do you long to experience God’s peace? I think it’s safe to say that we all desire peace in our lives… but peace beyond understanding is something entirely different. God’s peace is beyond understanding because the world can’t understand how we can be at peace in the middle of a storm. And let’s face it. Storms happen. There’s no such thing as a life without hardships and struggles. So when God promises us peace in the midst of these trials, it’s a promise that seems almost too good to be true.

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If You’re Going to Speak Your Mind, Make Sure It’s Renewed

So here we are at the end of our journey. 31 days completed. Throughout the process of writing for this series, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. In all my research and planning, I found myself being personally challenged by the things God was laying on my heart to share. Having a renewed mind isn’t just a suggestion found in the Bible, it’s the very foundation of Christian living. You can’t truly live for God without surrendering your mind to Him. Renewing your mind is more than surrender, however. It requires action on our part. Yes, the Holy Spirit transforms us, and we have His power and guidance as we grow. But we are the ones who must make the effort to change our thinking. We have to be ready and willing to submit to the Holy Spirit, take every thought prisoner, and intentionally guard our minds against the schemes of the enemy. It’s a daily process of learning how to walk in our new God-given identities. We have the mind of Christ, but it’s up to us to use it.

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