When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get On Their Knees and Pray

I frequently run into friends who have participated in our Compass Bible Studies or workshops over the years and I like to find out how they are doing managing God’s money.  Thankfully, most are still in a good groove and some have even checked a few more boxes off their Compass map, which is always […]

Fools Rush In

I am a huge (HUGE) fan of the classics:  classic movies, classic cars, classic jazz music, classic literature…you name it.  In fact, many precious memories from my childhood include attending classic car shows or watching classic movies with my Dad.  He was also fond of throwing a vinyl record on the turntable (if anyone remembers […]

What’s For Dinner? The Importance of Menu Planning

One of the obstacles families encounter when trying to reduce their grocery budget is figuring out what to eliminate.  When I first took a stab at reducing our grocery budget, it seemed that we were spending an inordinate amount of money on convenience foods.  “But,” I reasoned, “it’s cheaper than going to a restaurant, right?”  […]

What Belongs to Caesar?

Shortly after our son was born, we discovered that his skin was very sensitive.  He frequently had itchy, dry patches, which made him miserable. The creams we were given to treat the outbreaks actually burned and made him scream in pain.  I decided to try changing some things to see if we could prevent the […]

Pennies for Your Thoughtfulness

In a prior post, I mentioned that we came to a point financially where we needed to go through our grocery budget with a fine-tooth comb.  In scrutinizing our spending in this area, we became more thoughtful about our purchases and, I would argue, it’s what we should have been doing all along if we […]

Changing Course: A Two-Sided Coin

When it comes to evaluating our financial situation, we often find ourselves at a crossroads when we realize that our spending exceeds our income.  How do we make everything balance out?  Typically, this question shakes out with two logical scenarios:  reduce spending or increase income.  More often than not, we opt for the latter as […]

Meet the Simple Steward

As an active volunteer in Compass Catholic Ministries at our parish in Mesa, AZ, I am called to be involved on many levels. We host a seminar at the beginning of the year, followed by Spring and Fall nine-week Bible study sessions as well as one-on-one coaching assistance for anyone who feels they need more […]