In today’s world, with temptations, credit cards, and keeping up with the Jones’, keeping your finances in check can be difficult. But, thankfully, it doesn’t have to come to that. Money doesn’t have to overwhelm your marriage or your life – you can live in financial bliss.
It lies in your attitude, your faith, and your God.
How will you approach your finances? Attitude has a lot to do with it. Do you respect money? Do you see it as something that controls you or something you control? Are you a big spender or a saver? Are you wondering if you can make it until your next paycheck? The way you think about money says a lot about your potential for having financial bliss.
One of my favorite verses regarding attitude is this: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:33-34
Getting by in today’s world without living like everyone else does isn’t easy. This is where faith comes in. It’s not going to be easy. Living within your means never is. You’ll see friends getting new big-screen TVs, shiny, new cars, or going on fabulous vacations. You’ll probably want to have the same things. Remember that God says as one of His Ten Commandments that “You shall not covet” and this is part of what He means. Don’t worry about what others have. Focus on what God is giving you right now, and have faith that it is enough.
Meditate on this: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.” Hebrews 13:5
He has a lot to say about money in the bible. Go to the back of your bible and look up the key word money (also see greed, etc.) See what He has to say, then explore how to apply these characteristics in your life. I highly recommend that you research Crown Financial and/or Dave Ramsey. Both deal with financial bliss in a Godly way. Remember, if you let God into your life and have control over your life, that includes money too.
So how do you find your financial bliss?
You might have heard of Share, Save, Spend. This is the attitude of giving (tithing and charities), saving (for a rainy day and retirement), and then spending what you have left. It’s a great way to approach life and can put your opinion of money in a whole new light. Yes, it was originated for kids, but adults can learn from it too. There is no right or wrong amount for each category, but 10/10/80 is recommended.
Here’s my favorite verse about God’s word on tithing: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there will be food in my house. ‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it’.” Malachi 3:10.
Doesn’t that sound a whole lot more blissful than living a life of luxury and debt?
Angela Bickford is a crafter who loves to make art of all kinds. She has a home-business where she sells custom stationery and gifts, including domino jewelry, clipboards, and scrapbooks.