Week 1 of our Navigating Your Finances God's Way journey...
There were some tough questions Kevin and I had to put to ourselves and to each other. This is not discussions we've had before, probably how we got to this place in the first time. I am praying that old dogs can truly learn new tricks. This weekend I was indexing my old journals (aka numbering them all and logging where certain topics are discussed, so I can use them for future writing projects); I was distressed to find more than one entry about trying to gain control over our finances. Seeing that I began seeing this needed to be addressed in 1995, then reoccurring almost every year after - still 20 years later we've made no headway (in fact, I'd say we've ended up worse than before). So hence, my prayers that this is the golden ticket, so to speak, for us finally embracing the necessary changes.
The first optimistic step definitely has to be that Kevin and I are making a commitment to do this together, and we finally have the tools (Navigating small group study and Compass Catholic resources) to make the changes. We are talking about the issue - that is huge and a first. I am being 100% honest and not trying to hide the extent of the mess so that I can continue to have my shopping sprees and be debt free too! We are also meeting with friends to discuss the study questions together and to encourage each other along this often difficult road. We all decided last night, that the coming together and talking was probably the most helpful step in this process, though it is obvious as we peeked ahead in the study guide there are MUCH more helpful steps to come!
Lessons Gleamed this first Week: