Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Love Of Money......

 I tend to get a little defensive when people push me or my husband about how much Money we could make in our life if we went to college or if both my husband and I worked or he got a better job.. Or if we did more with the animals or took out a loan to start this or that.. Or if we had more land or a bigger place or ...... take your pick on what has been said . I have had lots of thing "suggested to me over the years..
 The thing is we are really fairly simple people. My husband and I agreed from the get-go that we would be a one income traditional family. It's our life and our choice.. If more people paid attention to what really mattered in life we would have less problems..
 Through the years we have had hard times and considered me going to work. But the hard times versus me working outside the home was not worth the time it would take from our family. So we have learned to live with less.. Some times way less than we would like too but that is the way it is..
 Kyle has worked construction(masonry) for 18 years.. The last 3 years he has been laid off for extended periods of time.. 3 months, 5 months and now we are at over a month.. He has also always worked Union. Well the union has provided some good opportunities for him in the way of teaching him a trade. But its not always a good thing either. But for the most part its been a good thing..
 However.. We have struggled the last 3 years trying to recover each year from him being laid off for long periods of time.  Barely getting caught back up before he is laid off again.. . We got rid of Credit cards, loans and car payments several years ago. We pay cash for vehicles and if we don't have the cash for it we don't buy it.. Simple as that...

 We are trying to teach our girls the same thing. They were offered a chance to take out a loan this year to buy meat goats and start a herd.. It would eventually lead to a bigger loan.. But.. Our teaching had sunk in and the more we discussed the more our teaching showed up to stare us in the Face!lol . When we finally made the decision to NOT take out these loans things began to work out.. We got a start to a great meat herd in our backyard. just cross those with a meat back and we are on our way to an excellent commercial meat herd. It will cost the girls a little extra work in trade for some more doelings to add to the herd plus a little bit of cash.. It may be a slower start but at least we can work up to what we can handle and do it with out debt!!!
 In our society you can see that the LOVE of Money has caused all sorts of problems. Many people quote a bible scripture like this that money is root of All evil... When in reality it goes like this. For the LOVE of Money is the root of all Evil.... 1 Timothy 3:16 The bible also acknowledges that Money is necessary.. But when you start loving it and wanting more and more with never being satisfied then we have caused it to be a replacement for the things that matter most in this life.. Like Faith... Family and Life!...
 Now this is not to say we have it all figured out and can live on $50 a week.. no we get cranky about money problems or upset but find when we put it into God's hand to work out he comes through above and beyond what we can imagine.. I feel like our life is fixing to make a big change. I had this feeling before and it worked out to the good for our family. Now if we can just hold on till the light at the end of the tunnel gets a little brighter to see a clear direction we will be doing good.. ..


But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:19-20






Oh and We have 8 days till first due date possible on the goat girls.... OH MY!! EIGHT DAYS!!!! In the mean time I have Homemade pizza to make for our church's Valentine party.. Disbudding baby goats for friends and watching the cutest little bug of a baby girl..

7 comments:

WeldrBrat said...

When you take that money and invest it into God's Will For Your Life, after it comes into your hands, while carrying faith in Him down the road..., you find happiness really is that simple. And you're never cheated out of its fullest measure of sweetness.

Amy said...

We live the tradition one income family life. It can be a challenge. But the benefits far outweigh the problems.

The Homestead Lady said...

Loved this entry! We too are a one income family and hear alot of the same things you do...Just keep following God and all else will fall into place!

Amanda said...

A blog post that envelops our values exactly!!!

TJ said...

Well said! I heard those scriptures quoted by a CPA at a women's conference last weekend, too. It was nice to hear someone who deals with money on a day-to-day basis have the same values. We are also a SAHM on a little hobby farm. I teach guitar from my front room, so that's helped us get through some hard times (3 years no income). It's been a blessing to stay home .... and wash the ziplock bags (among other things).

Brenda said...

I think you've got the important stuff figured out!

Queenacres said...

In all things be content. Yep, it's that simple!