With the recession still affecting so many among us, and the expenses of the holidays just ahead, let's take a few minutes to encourage one another on Monday Nov. 1 2010. This month our general group topic is, “Financial Contentment in Marriage.”
We all know that the topic of money can be a negatively charged issue between married couples. The following four title options give you the opportunity to view your finances in a positive light. Choose one title, and let the Spirit lead you where He wants you to go.
1. Our Holiday Spending Plan
2. Why the Recession has Strengthened our Marriage
3. Money Management Tips from the Bible
4. How We Recovered from a Big $$$ Mistake
I've selected #2: Why the Recession has Strengthened our Marriage
If you have been a reader here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage for some time, you likely remember that in January 2009 my husband lost his job. He was unemployed for nearly the entire year. It was in December the Lord blessed him with a new opportunity.
The road of unemployment was frightening, emotional, amazing, and astounding. I personally came to understand who Jehovah Jireh, God our Provider, really is. I discovered so much about God’s faithfulness. I uncovered faith at a depth I didn’t think possible.
My husband also grew in many ways. He discovered what tenacity looked like searching for employment. He grew in character, wisdom, strength, maturity and even moved closer to the Cross of Christ. A journey I still believe is in motion.
Some marriages can’t survive financial crisis and I have to say this was our first experience with this type of issue in our lives. I didn’t know what the outcome would be back in January 09. Today I glance back and thank the Lord for all the changes brought in our lives because of this struggle.
Together we discovered:
- We could live on little.
- We loved to sit on the porch swing in the afternoon together and take in nature.
- We found comfort in each other when the bills arrived.
- Our daughter learned to budget.
- We loved one another in sickness and in health, rich or poorer...
- We discovered talents and wisdom in each other we didn't know we possessed.
- We could weather the storm.
- We discovered our marriage is blessed.
There is so much more that God taught the both of us and I’m still today in awe of it all.
On this Marriage Monday I want to say one thing. I love my husband. I couldn’t be prouder of this man. He is my hero.
Be blessed, Lynn
I’m looking forward to reading more posts over at Chrysalis. It’s Marriage Monday, join us.
PS. Next Friday on November 12th. I will be sharing one of my most favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Please stop in to watch our show at 11:30 Eastern and 8:30 Pacific. I will be sharing, A Tablecloth of Thanks. (Read about it here.)