Talking about money and finances can be a real hot-button topic for a lot of us. The smallest mention of money or finances can cause some to want to turn away or change topics. The reasons for this are endless, whether it is how we grew up or our past dealings with money and relationships. In many marriages, this can also be a major point of conflict. So this month we are going to focus on moving money and finances from being a source of conflict or unease to something we can talk about freely, manage together and work together towards financial peace.
Starts With Understanding Stewardship
Seeking true financial peace starts with understanding what stewardship means and practicing it. Realizing and accepting that all you have is really God’s and He has blessed you with the opportunity to manage it is so important. God has blessed you with so much and seeking to manage what God has blessed you with is so important. Taking your focus of what you have, what others may have, and putting your focus on who gave it to you can change everything. Changing your focus can also help you to achieve the financial peace we all want.
Discipline Is Required
Achieving financial peace does not happen overnight. It takes discipline. It is something you have to work at achieving and maintaining. I would love to say that if you just do these 5 things today, tomorrow everything will be great and you would have financial peace, but I cannot. However, with discipline and hard work, you will reap a harvest of peace.
In my journey to financial peace, there have been and still are many days when I get tired of having to be so disciplined with our finances and budget. Some days when I wish I could just throw our budget out the window and just ‘live’. Yet, in those moments I quickly remember how stressful and unsure of things I was when I just left our finances up to chance. When we did not talk about our finances, did what we wanted, when we wanted, and worried about the bills later. And worry we did. No one wants to or should live like that. Seeking and maintaining financial peace may not be easy, but it so worth it.
Financial Peace Is About More Than Money
When seeking financial peace it can become easy to focus solely on the money. Either focusing on managing money or making more of it. Yet, you cannot lose sight of what is most important. Keeping God at the center of your life, especially in your finances, helps you to keep everything in perspective. Moving you towards a place of peace and contentment.
When seeking financial peace, you also move from worrying about the unexpected to preparing for it. So this month we are going to focus on removing some of the barriers that may be preventing you from having financial peace. Moreover, you will discover new tools to help you on your journey to financial peace.
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what’s your biggest challenge or barrier in your journey to financial peace in the comments!