Finding Financial Happiness

Did you know that creating some financial habits can actually help you discover happiness? When women feel like they're in control of their finances, regardless of the amount in the bank, it takes away that helpless feeling.

So using some basic Biblical principles we can gain control of our money, create some new habits and find that financial happiness that God intended.

1. And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD. Leviticus 27:30

Give your tithe faithfully. The first and most important step to financial happiness is to give one tenth of all you make to the local church. What? Give money away to be happy? Yes, because it is what the Lord commanded. No matter how much or how little you make, God will provide all you need when you give back that portion of what He's allowed you to have.

2. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23:4-5

Set your financial goals. Saying, "I want a million dollars in the bank" isn't the answer, but setting up a schedule to pay off debt is. Preparing a savings plan is. Designing a vacation/college/new car fund is. Money isn't the answer, but prayer and satisfaction in where you're at right now are. Preparation leads to contentment, which leads to happiness.

3. A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. Proverbs 28:20

Plan your savings. Having money for the sake of having money is sin, according to this Scripture. Instead, put money aside rather than spending it as a poor steward. Following God's plan for your money is faithful living, and He will bless those who are willing to be led.

4. And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. Luke 12:42-44

Plan your spending. What good is a million dollars in the bank if you never use it to the glory of God? Why should you work hard all day to continue on in debt? Wise choices in the way we budget our spending will keep us from swerving away from paths God wants to show us.

5. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

Don't be afraid to talk about finances with other Christian women. You don't have to share your monthly bottom line, but you can seek advice from women who've already been there. Find out how they save and spend, and ask where they get their financial information from. Our Titus older women are a fount of knowledge just waiting to be tapped into.

So sit down with your husband and do a fall review of your finances. Your happiness will grow exponentially as you gain control of your money.

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