Things just got real!! As we move into Week 3 of Navigating Your Finances God's Way:
Last week, it was time to pull my shopping happy head out of the sand, and make the list I have been dreading - pulling together a list of our current debts (specifically credit card)!
As long as I could make all the monthly minimums (sometimes even a little extra), I never felt the need to add them all up. Hence, the November disaster of 2015! We learned in this week's scripture readings that debt has some stinky consequences (enslaves us*, for one) and that it is NOT what God wants for us (OWE Nothing - Romans 13:8). As I sheepishly listed credit card balance after credit card balance, I was amazed at how far into the sand I had placed my head.
*Let me just quickly add here - that the Lord made sure I understood this concept first hand this week as I was faced for a few decisions that required me to consider the motives behind why I was or wasn't accepting an invitation. It amazed me how many times I have decided not on what I felt I was being called to but what would bring in some type of payment - I have been totally enslaved and I LONG to be free to follow where the SPIRIT guides and not where my creditors require!
I have said it before, spending money is one of my drugs of choice. I know it has addictive qualities by my reaction to when I am in the midst of the behavior (shopping elation is totally a thing) and how I feel as we discuss things like closing credit cards, shopping with cash, and delaying purchases (aka breaking into cold sweat). I wish I was exaggerating these for comic or dramatic effect, but I am not. This is truly where I am at. Masking years of insecurity, anxiety and doubt with the quick rush of new shoes, books or cars. Online shopping definitely brought this unhealthy coping behavior to a whole new level. NOW at 3 am if I am feeling crummy instead of praying or sleeping - I can log online and shop!
So what now. What's the plan?
Next week... Honesty & Counsel
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