"A faith that does not do things is a dead faith." ... James 2:17
(My title comes from a previous post here.)
So! Guess who's been watching Dave Ramsey Youtube clips?
Gee, I like him. So far, anyway. But yeah, I understand why certain groups (like sensitive souls) don't, for oh my, he's direct and can take sarcasm to an art form.
But hey. Sometimes I like that. ツ God must use varied personality types since everybody will never listen to just one. Who I learn best from may just make you fume. Or cry.
Sometimes I can get all The Economy Is Gonna Implode Someday!-ish. I can. And if you've read here long you know I'm huge on 'keeping my house in order', remaining prepared for anything. A-n-y-t-h-i-n-g.
Yet this morning, oh my. God used Dave Ramsey (here) to totally calm my heart in this area for, hopefully, forever. Here are some of those calming words from the video, "Are We Headed For a Recession?"--
"What you do at your house matters a whole lot more than what happens at The White House.... If you will use God's and Grandma's common sense, you will prosper in good times economically and you will prosper in down times economically...
You're gonna be ok if you actually have an emergency fund... if you actually have investments... if you don't have any debt... if you live on a budget."
Oooo, I love that: God's and Grandma's common sense!
Since Tom's layoff in 2010 when we finally listened to our conscience/the Holy Spirit in the area of finances? That list became ours. Plus, add to it "if you faithfully give to God and others."
And we've seen terrific changes.
So color my House In Order Puzzle, finished. Oh, there's always more to do, of course, but the wondering if this planning and obedience will make a difference when it counts? That part is done. Completed, with a topping of new comfort.
And yes! What worked for me (the Dave Ramsey clip, all my prepping, etc.) may not work for you.
But what I hope you'll remember? We all need to keep searching, fixing and applying what does work for us. Shaking our heads, tossing away our hope, fretting and fearing--those will not create wealth.
Uh, no, Not even if you do it for years. Especially not then.
Instead, after we do our God-imparted portions, God will then do His. And oh, the remarkable things we behold when He does!
"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere." ... James 3:17
P.S. For the record, Tom and I don't do Dave Ramsey's money-in-the-envelope thing, though we do understand his reasoning. For our current lifestyle, it wouldn't work for us (i.e. I buy all our groceries online). But! He's about way more than that so we'll not just toss his other teachings aside.
Whole decades ago we grew beyond that childishness. There is limited growth in only listening to someone with whom we agree 100%.
What a treat to find out that funny lady, Victoria Jackson, is a Christian. See her delightful interview here.
My Sunday morning present from God--
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15