Tag: money

But Will it Make Me Happy?

When my son Brad was about three years old, he went through a little phase.  He learned to play on my emotions when asking for things.  Upon hearing “no,” he would reply, “But mommy, that will make me happy.”  Then…

A Psalm 4 Tough Times

  “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; Be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” Lord, you saw that list of layoffs my company is talking about. I don’t…

Finances: A love Story

When my husband and I first got married, discussing finances was something best avoided at all costs. Money was a necessary evil, something to be endured when bill paying time rolled around, but not thought of much beyond that. I…

Resolutions or Real Solutions?

Too many times, I think we treat our financial decisions like we treat our new year’s resolutions.  We might make a half-hearted attempt at “doing things right” financially, only to fall off the wagon weeks or months into the process.…

Budget Busters: Christmas Spending

  Every year it happens. The catalogs arrive. My children—who didn’t even know they needed a whole truckload of toys—suddenly become convinced that they, in fact, do. And the ensuing weeks are spent begging, whining, and listing off the many things…