It has been a month since the Replenish Your Soul conference. It has taken me awhile to think through and process all of the information these wise ladies shared during the conference. I learned so much and I’m already looking for to At the Well’s next conference. 🙂 As I share this week about what I learned during the conference I hope that it encourages you to attend the next conference. 🙂
Betty Eisenhour had so many practical tips on how to thrive during financially lean times. She was speaking from her heart. It wasn’t all theoretical tips, but ideas that had helped her support and encourage her husband and family when the finances were tight.
Betty shared four important points on how to not let finances harm your marriage.
1. Don’t let finances get in the way of your marriage.
Let’s face it, finances can drive a significant wedge between two people. It can be very stressful when you don’t know what your financial future holds.
Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
2. Work with your spouse to improve your situation.
Don’t just lay it all on your husband’s shoulders. Do what you can to help…whether it’s working from home, saving money, learning how to repair things yourself, or being willing to use items until they can no longer be repaired. 🙂
It’s easy to want to avoid the issue, however that will not make the tight finances go away. So instead of ignoring it come up with a plan that allows you and your husband to work through the problem together.
Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
3. Pray for yourself and your husband.
Pray that God would give you wisdom to know how to proceed. Pray that God would give you the grace and strength to make do with what you have. Cover the situation, yourself, and your husband in prayer.
4. Be thankful for what you have.
When you focus on what you don’t have, bitterness and anger take hold and those attitudes are not helpful for you or your family. Focus on what God has blessed you with (i.e. a hardworking husband, loving children, basic needs met) and be joyful and content with the life God has given you.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”