Gratitude and Contentment

Next week is Thanksgiving, a day we all focus on gratitude.  This year, we encourage you to take the “attitude of gratitude” challenge and live Thanksgiving throughout the year! When we think about being grateful, we often think about the positive experiences, but many times the experiences that impact us the most and have a […]

Learning to be Content

Contentment is in pretty short supply in our country and in our culture because the advertising industry tries to create discontent in our lives. Look at any website that sells products and you’ll find lots of stuff to make you discontent. New clothes, updated technology, faster cars, bigger houses…everything is presented to influence you to […]

How to Complain Effectively

No matter how hard we try to be a good steward, there is always the potential for problems when we purchase goods or services. It doesn’t matter how much background work we do, how much we look on sites such as Angie’s List or Home Advisor, how many contractors we interview before starting that remodeling […]

Learning to be Content

There was a recent article in our newspaper titled “Despite Having Nothing I am Happy.” It was about a couple who experienced Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and moved to the panhandle area of Florida. When they got to Florida they had nothing. In fact, they tell a story about scavenging in a dumpster and […]

Plan to Enjoy Christmas

In the busyness of the season, it takes an intentional effort to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, so we have some suggestions on how to keep Christ in Christmas and how to plan a Christmas Day the whole family will enjoy. Even if your Advent has not been very spiritual to this point, […]

What do You Really Want in Your Financial Life?

Wouldn’t life be so much simpler if we each knew exactly what we want out of life and exactly what we had to do to achieve it? If that were the case, our lives would be so much simpler and our stress levels would be at zero. Families would probably get along better and our […]

For I have Learned to be Content

Contentment is mentioned in the Bible seven times and six of those times it has to do with money. Contentment is in pretty short supply in our country, because the advertising industry tries to create discontent in our lives. We live in a consumer society that operates on the assumption that more is always better […]

Are You An Adventurer or a Watchman?

“He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts.” Mark 6:8 Last weekend we had a two night stay with family members who live in a city about two hours away. The amount of stuff we dragged with us was startling–clothes for each […]

When You Love What You Have, You Have Everything You Need

There’s a good reason why “keeping up with the Joneses” is a well-known phrase across the country. The consumer-driven mindset of constantly getting more, newer, better things is so deeply ingrained in our society that we coined a term just to describe the feeling. What’s more, as the holiday season comes into full swing, the […]