At the end of June, my husband and I made the decision (with God of course) to leave my job of 8 1/2 years. Now, for me it was weird because I’ve worked for so long that I didn’t think I would actually ever be a stay at home mom. I’ve discovered that I’m more busy at home now than I was before, and I love it! I have two children, Rickie (2) and Kaila (12) and I also have my husband’s son, Jason (3) who lives with his mom.
There are many adjustments that we have to make now….and of course the main one is FINANCES. Some people are still in shock that I left my job (mainly because no one thought I’d ever leave). People are wondering how is this possible. Well, it’s simple: GOD. I stood on my Word before but more than ever I’m all over it! There’s truly no way we could do this without Him, and DISCIPLINE. My discipline is saying no to my kiddos and sticking to it…and saying no to myself and sticking to it.
This week (and the rest of my life) I want you to take a journey with me. It’s the journey of making a budget and sticking to it. I’m a firm believer in tithing. This was not always the case though. I’ve been faithfully tithing for four years now and I am so thankful that God allows me to have 90% of the income that He provides. (Now that’s a sweet deal!) I also believe in offerings and giving even more to helping others. But there is more….being a good steward over that 90% and I must admit, I am not so good at it. That’s the journey that my husband and I are embarking on. Something we’ve tried time and time again and failed. But remember, I serve a God that is forgiving, and gives chances and I know that although this will be tough, we are going to succeed! It’s not just for me but for my kiddos as well. So if you are like me, I encourage you to start this journey. The scriptures that I want to encourage you with today are:
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. ~Hebrews 12:11
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. ~Proverbs 13:18
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. ~Proverbs 10:17
If we are obedient to discipline, then good things will come! I mean that is beyond encouraging to me. Is this budget thing going to suck at first for a while? Heck yes! But because God is right there with me (Hebrews 13:5), I am counting it all joy and will be smiling through the pain because my life will be better for it.
Happy discipline y’all!
Smile and be a blessing!