Healthy Money Management

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit…” (Proverbs 21:5 NIV). 

Managing money is a big part of life. If you’re not trained to do it, it can make life really hard. Those who were taught money management skills by their parents will have an advantage in life. 

Some people are naturally inclined to be “savers” rather than “spenders.” However, they may manage their money with an “Ebenezer Scrooge” grip, penny-pinching at every turn because they’re afraid of losing it.  

Then there are others who are “spenders.” They spend their money as fast as they make it! They never think of saving because what is money for anyway? To spend!   

No matter how much money you make, if you don’t know how to manage it in a healthy way, you’ll never have enough. If you’re a “spender,” you’ll come to the end of the month and think, I had a great paycheck this month, but where did it all go?  

Or, if you’re an extreme “saver,” you’ll live a very frustrated life never spending anything, never enjoying the fruits of your labor because you’re afraid you’ll never have enough. You’re constantly thinking: What if the car breaks down? What if the water heater goes out? What if…?  

God’s desire is that we manage our finances in such a way that we enjoy the fruit of our labors, but also have savings to pull from if we need it. That’s why we need a spending plan!  

Take Away: 

Creating a spending plan doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple. Check online for free resources and downloadable budget forms. Or, check out our book, Family Finances, which includes a budget worksheet. Find something that works for you. Get started today! 

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : My Uncle Got Saved

God never writes people off and neither should we.

Joe shares a funny story about his no-good drunken uncle. Joe was done with him…. But God never gave up! Never lose hope in what God can do!

God has faith in you and me. In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up. Never judge a book by its cover. God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

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My Uncle Got Saved from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away:

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

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Be a Wise Spender of Your Time

Most everyone loves the anticipation of beginning a new year.

It’s always a great feeling to put the previous year behind, roll the date forward, and get a fresh start. It’s like we’ve been given a blank check for 365 brand new days, and all 8,760 hours are ours to spend however we choose. What goals should we reach for? What resolutions will we commit to? How will we spend all of this time? 

Time management skills affect every area of our lives—our relationships, our finances, our family, as well as our physical and spiritual health and well-being. If we plan poorly or don’t plan at all, we’ll squander one of our greatest assets—time. As a result, we’ll experience deficiencies in areas of our lives.  

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4 ESV).  

If we are going to be wise stewards of our time, we need to be proactive in planning and budgeting our time in the same way we do our finances. Every person on the planet is given 24 hours every day to spend as they choose. If we are going to experience increase in our lives, we have to learn to spend those hours wisely every day.  

Let’s train ourselves to be diligent with the time we’ve been given so that we can set and obtain goals, and live rich, satisfied lives! 

 

Take Away: 

Invest in a day planner to help you write things down and organize your daily tasks. Also, write down long term goals and set realistic deadlines for accomplishing them. Include a timeline, listing all the action steps necessary to complete each goal. Keep it simple. 

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The “Good Old Days” Just Got Better!

The key to happiness is not riches or wealth. The key to happiness is knowing that God is our source, knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us, and knowing that He will always provide for us.  

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (NIV) says, “Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is the gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” 

God is going to give us the power to get wealth, and He’s going to give us the ability to enjoy it. He’s going to give us the ability to be happy in our work. That’s His gift to us. 

We should be so excited about what God is doing with us now and with what He’s going to do with us in the future, that we won’t think back on the “good old days.” The “good old days” are going to pale in comparison to the great day we’re having today and to the great day we’re going to have tomorrow. God is going to do great things for us! 

Take Away: 

God is our source, and He will give us the power to get wealth and enjoy it. We don’t have to be afraid of men, the boss at work, or what’s going on in the economy. We can be confident God is going to take care of us! 

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Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 2

God Has a great plan for your family. That plan will cost money and that means God must have a plan for your money.

This month we are taking a break from our Promises For Parents Blog Series for a Special September Family Finance Series.  If we are not handling our finances in line with God’s plan then our whole life is out of joint. No matter how spiritual we may think we are, we will never experience the fullness of God’s blessing until we bring our money matters in line with the principles in His Word.

We must blend the two economies of cash and faith together so we can learn to live in blessing and abundance.

Watch Part 2 of Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke

Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 2 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Check our Blog next week for Day 3 of our series Family Finances!

The Tools

Get the tools you need to make the best choices for your Family! The Family Finance Series includes Topics Like …

• The Five Principles of Financial Security
• Blessed or Broke? Controlling Your Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behavior
• Order Precedes Increase: The Easy Way to Put Your Financial House in Order
• Insurance: What you Need and What you Don’t
• How to Wipe Out your Debt
• How to Shop for a House, a Car, Food, and Other Necessities

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We Determine How Much We Have

All the laws of God concerning sowing, reaping, and increase involve two things for a Christian—tithing and giving. 

“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV). 

If we honor the Lord with our first fruits, He’ll see that we’re taken care of. We can’t get back what we haven’t sown. When we pay our tithes, we’re not paying Him something we own. God already owns everything. 

God says we determine how much we have. If we make sure that we give Him the tenth part of everything we make, He’ll multiply our 90%, because He sees that we respect, honor, and trust Him with our finances.  

“One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes other will himself be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV). 

The key to increase according to God’s principles is through sowing and reaping.  

 

 

Take Away: 

When we realize God owns everything we have, then when He tells us to give a part of it away, we will do so immediately. This shows our trust and faith in God. He’s able to give us more so that we can sow and reap again. Giving is a part of our lifestyle. 

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Keep Good Records

When it comes to financial security and stability, there are natural principles we need to put into practice.

God wants to bless us and prosper us, but if we are going to be wise stewards over what He puts into our hands, we need to know how to keep good records 

The Bible says in Proverbs 27:23, “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.”  

We need to know the condition of our checking account, our savings account, our 401K, our investments, our house, our car, etc. If we want to make more money so we can buy a bigger house, or buy a new car, or put our kids through college, then we have to know how much money we’re currently making, what we’re spending, and how much more we’ll need. That means we need a financial roadmap to get us from where we are to where we want to go, and we need a good system to help us keep track of our finances.  

We need to be good stewards of what we have and know how to keep good records, so that we can manage increase when it comes. 

 

Take Away: 

Faith is based on fact, not fiction. Set some financial goals. Then write down what you currently have and what you will need to meet those goals. That will give you something to set your faith on so you can believe God for opportunities and increase to meet those goals.  

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NEW FRIDAY FUNNIES : Falling Out of Love

God is a God of faith.  He created the worlds and everything in them by His Word, through faith.

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

Never judge a book by its cover.  God can use people that you would never imagine would amount to much because He never gives up.

Watch & Be Encouraged

Joe McGee | Friday Funnies | Falling Out Of Love? from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away

God has faith in you and me.  In fact, He has so much faith in us that he always sees the best in us, even when we don’t measure up.

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With Prosperity Comes Responsibility

One of the first jobs God gave Adam was to manage resources.

God created a garden that was overflowing with abundance, containing everything Adam and Eve would ever need, want, or desire. They were created with a silver spoon in their mouths and were given a home in paradise.  

Yet God didn’t say to them, “Go have fun, kids! Use it up! Eat it up! Tear it up! Live it up! You don’t have to worry about taking care of anything, because if you tear something up, I can just recreate it. And if you use it up, I can just make more!”  Nope. Along with that beautiful garden and all of that prosperity, there also came responsibility and oversight. God gave them instruction to steward what He’d given them“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen. 2:15).   

Faith for prosperity includes faith and wisdom to manage it. God desires to bless us and prosper us, but He also expects us to use wisdom, be good stewards, and take care of what He’s given us. When we do, then we put ourselves in a position to increase and be able to handle more.   

 

Take Away: 

God will provide for us, but He also expects us to manage and be responsible for what He’s given us. We need to make sure we can take care of what we have before we will be ready to manage more. 

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Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 1

God Has a great plan for your family. That plan will cost money and that means God must have a plan for your money.

 

This month we are taking a break from our Promises For Parents Blog Series for a Special September Family Finance Series.  If we are not handling our finances in line with God’s plan then our whole life is out of joint. No matter how spiritual we may think we are, we will never experience the fullness of God’s blessing until we bring our money matters in line with the principles in His Word.

We must blend the two economies of cash and faith together so we can learn to live in blessing and abundance.

Watch Part 1 of Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke

Family Finances – Blessed Or Broke Part 1 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Check our Blog next week for Day 2 of our series Family Finances!

The Tools

Get the tools you need to make the best choices for your Family! The Family Finance Series includes Topics Like …

• The Five Principles of Financial Security
• Blessed or Broke? Controlling Your Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behavior
• Order Precedes Increase: The Easy Way to Put Your Financial House in Order
• Insurance: What you Need and What you Don’t
• How to Wipe Out your Debt
• How to Shop for a House, a Car, Food, and Other Necessities

Click Here to Get Yours Today!

 

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