Archive for the ‘money’ Category

Thank God for benefits

Don’t EVER let me whine about medical insurance premiums. Between my and JD’s ER visits and my physical therapy, we owe $0.00. Thank you God. Please bless the uninsured with good health and/or a way to cover their bills. Give them the confidence and resources(financial, relational, informational) to find and see a good doctor when they need one. Provide childcare, transportation, and friendship. Or provide them with affordable benefits. Thank you for hearing us when we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Scary prayers

Now, I haven’t been praying this way but it sure makes me feel better to know I’m living this way! 😉

Better use of tax refunds

Spurred on by my friend Tom’s post on the insanity of war, I felt I needed to express my opinion on how Congress decides to spend our money.  Apart from all the ridiculous things we’ve heard in the past, I’m thinking about how Congress approves spending money on war.  This is about mindset, not politics so I’m not going to debate causes. But it seems Congress has no problem approving billions of dollars that we don’t have or miraculously pulled out of our governmental butt to finance a war. Can you imagine what would  happen if a president asked for a trillion dollars to pour into education? Training unskilled workers or workers whose jobs have left the country? Feeding the hungry? Housing the homeless? He or she would be laughed out of town. In general, I’m not a fan of excess government intervention and I’m not smart enough to figure out how that would all work. I’d rather the money go to people who know how to use it. Like a single mom. Single moms should head every budget area of the government. There’d be a surplus.

Anyway. So what would have been a better use of the “economic stimulus”? Perhaps it should have been given with the stipulation that you had to use it for the benefit of someone else a la Oprah’s Big Give or a reverse offering like Elevation Church did in October ’07.

What if the government gave us that money and inspired us to stimulate someone else’s life? Would you do it? Would you consider a retailer to be someone else? Or would you look for a way to change a life where they could in turn pass along a blessing down the road? To me that would have been a much better way to stimulate the economy long term. Wish I’d thought of it sooner.

Tax Refund or, er, Economic Stimulus

We received our tax refund economic stimulus money today. Not enough to dig us out of much but could pay down a bill a little. Or we could use it to get some much needed stuff we’ve put off for the last two years.

What will you spend yours on? Did you get one?

OK, that sounded a little odd

In the previous post, I mentioned we paid off a fund drive commitment. After I read it back it sounded a little self congratulatory. Let me explain.

1 year ago, Doug & I felt pulled to pledge an unrealistic amount of funds to a vision we totally believe in. We knew we wanted to give but at the time we were so behind the 8 ball we couldn’t even pay our day to day bills. I kind of figured that as long as we couldn’t afford to pledge a small amount, we may as well pledge a larger amount since either way, God was going to be footing the bill. As cliche as it seems to say, we knew God gave us the number in our heads and hearts and would totally come through.

So when we were able to complete the pledge, it was with great giggling we put that check in the envelope. That’s the deal.

financial update

In April, paid off 1 townhouse, 2 credit cards, 2 parents, 1 chiropractor, 1 dentist, 1 eye doctor, 1 fund drive commitment. Paid cash for gas, groceries, car repairs, animal shelter, cat vet. Still on the horizon: monthly bills, 3 credit cards, 1 doctor, more car repairs and a health club renewal.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above you heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Going…going…

GONE!!!!!!!!!!

We Our attorney closed on the townhouse today.

Is it true? Is it really over?

And there was much rejoicing. Yaaaay.