You know how when you read a book or a blog....and, I don't mean a one time read. I mean enough reading to truly get a sense of who the person is, and where they are aiming to go with what they are writing?
Well, every so often, I read the words of someone, and a thought comes to my mind. This person is truly living out God's plan in their life. They are truly gifted and passionate about their subject matter....and it permeates everything that they do and say.
Well, I have a book for you, The Money Saving Mom's Budget, by Crystal Paine. Written by someone who I feel is living to glorify her savior, and doing so by helping people to get control of their money, and not let it control them.
Do you see how this can not only help you financially, but in so many other facets of life?
- A stronger marriage occurs, when both partners are on the same page with finances.
- A happier family life in general--the less stress that is happening in my home the better. When mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!
- Feel the freedom of a more organized life....Crystal encourages you to get your home life in order first. When you are drowning in clutter, it makes it hard to even think about other areas of your life!
- The encouragement and words of her book, have truly helped me in EVERY area of my life. Her approach to "doable" goal setting...and chewing off little bites at a time every week....can be applied to everything from our exercise regimen, healthy eating, to homeschooling our children, and date nights with our husbands.
Starting to apply some of the principles (eventually I would like to apply them all!) in this book, has been some of the most freeing things I have ever done. My husband and I have had one "budget date" so far this year, with this month's date coming next week. It's like we gave ourselves a raise, though we have no more income than before. Keeping myself in check by using cash for groceries, caused my husband's jaw to drop, when he saw how much money was left in the bank at the end of the month.
The beauty in this book, is not in all the things listed above...though they can happen in your home as well, if you follow through with all that you will learn from Crystal. The beauty is in the point of not just saving money for saving's sake.....it is for the glory of God! As Crystal says...save more, so you can give more! Imagine having enough over at the end of the month to pray over, and see how God has you bless another family. Could you do this as a family, and see where God takes you? What a lesson for our children to learn...for Christianity is truly caught, and not taught.
And, why did my eyes fill with tears at the turning of the last page? Not because I was through reading her book, although I enjoyed it thoroughly,...but because I read these words. All of the money from the proceeds of this book will be given to Compassion International. Yes, that's what it's about. Organizing your life and finances....saving more to give more.
"Our greatest fear shouldn't be fear of failure, but rather a fear of succeeding at things that don't really matter." Jeremy Wike quoting Francis Chan