Last month on A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras, I had the pleasure of interviewing Manage Your Money God's Way hosts, Jon and Evelyn Bean. The book I was featuring on the show that week was Your Money Counts, written by the Beans and Howard Dayton. As usual the Holy Spirit is bringing just what I need, just WHEN I need it. Well, truth be told I probably NEEDED it 25 years ago but... now that we are drowning in the financial mess not having this book for 25 years has brought us, the timing works!
At the end of my show, I mentioned I would be definitely blogging my progress as I tried to implement the lessons I learned in reading Your Money Counts. The Beans had a wonderful idea and a generous offer to make this blog experience even more fruitful and enriching for all of us - and offered to send me a copy of Navigating Your Finances God's Way (Catholic Edition).
Navigating is a small group study (just love anything that promotes small group study) that covers the financial principals inYour Money Counts and so so much more!! So for the next 12 week at least, I will be diving into discovering God's plan for my money. We are so deep in debt with nothing saved for retirement, one in college and 2 eventually reaching there. Our cars have 100,000 miles on them, our furnace is 30 years old, the bathroom (the only one in the house) half remolded - and we've not been on a real vacation in over 7 years. The most difficult part is the stress of trying to meet just our monthly obligations -- food, heat, insurance, cable, and cell phones. What sold me on trying this study was when Evelyn Bean said (and I am paraphrasing), a budget is not so much restrictions on your spending but deciding where you WANT to spend your money!!
Much of my spending money, like my eating, is emotional. The pain from my past - the old wounds that refuse to heal either from childhood or my current insecurities and fears (such as dying young), led me to use both for comfort and as a mood booster. That momentary "high" of spending or eating - that temptation that you think at the moment is the answer and choose again and again to forget the repercussions - though you've experienced them a million times. In the end, neither tactic has worked out well for me (see my discussions onMary DeTurris Poust's Cravings), and I am ready to make a change.
Join me as we discover God's perfect plan for our money - which as we'll learn is all HIS anyway!!
Here is my interview with Jon & Evelyn Bean that was just the kick in the pants I needed to embark on this long overdue journey!
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