And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Monday, June 15, 2015

Budget Battle

So when you buy a new house, things are bound to happen. First, the washer went on the fritz. Thankfully that was fixed without any expense to us. Then, the computer crashed. Died. Needs a funeral. That was an expense for us. An expensive expense. Of course, I can't work without a computer so it was a necessary expensive expense. However, we won't let it get us down! We won't turn from our budget. If anything, this shows us the importance of a budget and a healthy savings account.

In the midst of battling the budget, it is more important than ever to remember all the people we are blessed by. People mean so much more than things! Washers and computers come and go but parents and family and amazing friends are worth more than any jewels. We are so grateful for all the people who have helped us move, bought us housewarming gifts, made us food, worked on our dead computer, replaced our washer, and even put up a new mailbox for us. Every little gesture has been noticed and appreciated. God is so good to us. Thank you amazing friends and family!

I hope that you take time to notice the people around you that are caring for you too. So many people pray for us and we may never even realize it. People take time from their busy schedules to check in with us or even better to spend time with us. My heart is saddened by those who feel truly alone. Many people now seem to put more stock in their internet people or in animal rescue than they do in the humans right next to them. Don't turn a blind eye to those around you. God puts all those people near us and gives us so many opportunities to bless others. I am making it a personal goal to do more of that!

How do you make real life relationships a priority? Try sending a real letter to someone or making a lunch date. Invite friends over to play with your kids. Have a big cookout. Take time to really engage with a co-worker or church acquaintance.

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