One of my heart's new desires is financial freedom.
I am working on it.
I have been convicted about how I use my resources, both my money and what I own. I want to use, spend and share what I have wisely. I have decided I am going to post a bit about my journy in upcoming posts. I am passionate about this.
Early on in my marriage, my husband and I made some choices that are limiting us now. We used our credit cards. We charged a plane ticket or two here and there. We charged a few Christmas gifts this year and that. It built up and now we are in debt. It didn't just happen, of course. We are just now at a place where we realize how much we are missing because we are in bondage to debt. This past year we realized how much it is limiting us. Our situation changed when my husband got out of the military. The changes have been great. The change required change. We were slow to realize it.
Around the holidays we had many opportunities to help or bless others. Our hearts wanted to do more but we couldn't. It frustrated us. Between our personal struggle with our budget and our desire to give to others, we were hit hard with a conviction to be different.
We have been making some difficult choices lately. We canceled a trip to visit friends around the holidays because it would have taxed our funds too much. We declined a fun night with friends because we didn't budget for babysitting. We've sold a few things to earn a little money. I have been thinking about what I am missing a lot. I am focusing on the fact that I am making a choice. Instead of feeling held back, I am feeling impowered. I am choosing to use my money wisely. I am choosing not to waste what I already have. By choosing this path, I am becoming stronger.
Writing about my goals, challenges, lessons-learned and progress will keep this heart's desire strong. I am sure of that. I welcome all of your comments and suggestions.