Carefully Consider Your Ways

Many people put no effort into planning their financial lives. They live month to month and when a crisis hits they say, “It’ll be OK. Everything will work out.”

They think they’re in faith, but actually they’re shifting their lack of responsibility over onto God. They expect Him to work financial miracles for them, and yet they haven’t done their part in the natural to plan and make sure their finances are in order. God has a lot of mercy, and He will take care of you; however, He also expects you to walk in wisdom and do your part in the natural to be financially responsible.

Haggai 1:5-7 says, “Now, this is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!  You planted a lot, but you harvested little. You eat, but you’re never full. You drink, but you’re still thirsty. You wear clothing, but you never have enough to keep you warm. You spend money as fast as you earn it.  This is what the Lord of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways!

If we’re not where we want to be financially, then we need to carefully consider our ways. That means we first need to find out what we have and what we owe. Then we need to create a spending plan (a budget) and also some kind of a system to monitor our progress.

THE TAKE AWAY:

God is a miracle-working God, but He also expects us to do our part in the natural and carefully think about the decisions we are making regarding our finances.

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Practical Prayer Tips for Couples

 

As a couple, the prayer of agreement is a powerful tool.

God highly esteems unity. Jesus said in Matthew 18:19 (ESV), “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”  The husband and wife who will take the time to pray together will not only create unity and harmony in their home, but God will work on their behalf to bring their requests to pass.

Here are a few practical tips to help you and your spouse get started praying together.

  1. Make a detailed list of requests that include every area of your home, family, work, etc.
  2. Write major requests on index cards that you can carry with you. Write out at least three scriptures on the back of each card as a reference for your faith.
  3. Be thankful when you pray. Start each prayer with a “thank you, God” attitude.
  4. Be specific when praying, and remember, there is no situation too small or too big that you can’t pray in agreement over,
  5. Keep it short and to the point. Many things don’t require you to pray for hours.
  6. Keep a prayer journal of your requests. As they are answered, date them and check them off the list.

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Building Something: Quality Time

Being married is a privilege! Having someone to share life’s journey together with is a gift. And in spite of all the craziness life can bring, you can have a great, loving, and successful marriage!

It starts with realizing that great marriages don’t just happen. Great marriages are built. The relationship you have with your spouse is the most intimate and precious relationship you will have on this earth. Take time to develop it so you can enjoy life together.

Marriage Building Tip#1

DO THINGS TOGETHER

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Three Things Smart Spouses Do

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It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). Every day we make choices in little ways to build up or break down our marriage relationship. It’s the smart spouse that puts in daily effort to build and maintain a strong marriage.

Here are three small (but powerful) ways smart spouses build a stronger relationship every day:

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