The sights and sounds here are all too familiar. Almost as if we’ve been in this place before. And, that’s because we have.
We have been in this place where rather than owning our money we have felt like we are owned by it.
We have been in this place where we are slaves to the bills that come in the mail.
We have been in this place that so often leads to stress, and poor choices and resentment.
When my husband and I were newly married, we were here. And, at that time, as a young couple with no kids and 2 jobs, it wasn’t so difficult to pull ourselves out. We paid off the extra credit card debt, the lines of credit for unnecessary things. We sold some of our toys, the extras that we didn’t have to have.
But, here we are again. With student loans that were accepted in the midst of emotional turmoil when it felt like there were no other options. With vehicles that needed replacing, and 2 kids to feed and clothe and take care of. With investment in a house that has sat for sale and without selling for months and months and months. With business investments that didn’t play out quite like we had planned ….
Here we are again…
And, I know we are not here alone. Many of you accompany us in this place. You have been here before. Maybe you just live here. Maybe you are like us, accidently here, and ready to make the journey out of this place.
Today is the beginning of our journey.
It is a hard journey to share. There is something within our human pride that avoids this topic.
But, maybe someone else will relate, maybe someone will be blessed, or encouraged, or reminded how far they have come. And so, I will write about this journey that we are experiencing.
A journey to live simpler, to have more to give, to save more for our future…. Ultimately a journey to the place of financial freedom, where we no longer feel like our souls are shackled to monthly payments and high interest and poor choices. The destination will look different for all of us.
I believe that this is a prison we have created for ourselves. And so, we seek God’s help to get to where we need to be.
He has set us free spiritually and I believe He will provide the strength to set us free in this, and all areas of our life if we only allow Him.
After all, our God is BIG. He is big enough to help us out of this place.
We personally begin our journey by cutting out the extras, downgrading the vehicles, and realizing that we HAVE to keep better track of our money.
Can you relate? What are you doing to move from this place and journey to a better financial future?
Remember, you are not alone!
Isaiah 41: 13 “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”