Building a Blessings Budget

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 Last week, we attended family camp at Fort Wilderness.  Our speaker for the week was Pastor Brian Kluth, speaker and writer on generosity, God’s provision, and legacy living.  He spoke on many topics during the week that resonated with and challenged me, but there is one takeaway that I am especially excited[Read more]

What Empowers True Community?

women in prayer

Pray for one another. (James 5:16) “My family is coming into town, and they insist on staying with us, even though we don’t have enough room and we really don’t get along very well.  I am stressed out about their visit; I don’t know how I’ll make it for a whole week with them in my home.” “Wow, that sounds like a tough situation.  I’ll be praying for you.“ Sound familiar?  We’ve all said it, but have we really done[Read more]

5 Strategies to Avoid Unnecessary Spending

Part of adopting a minimalist approach to life is living only with those things that are necessary and that bring you joy.  However, our tendency to shop recreationally counteracts that end, as we fill our homes with more and more things we don’t really need . . . or want.  As a beginner on this journey, I have found five strategies to help me stop impulse spending in its tracks.  1. Flee Temptation.  Which store sucks you into its vortex[Read more]