{Marriage} Are you frugally free….or pridefully poor?

By: Mandy Hill

She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard. (Proverbs 31:16)

She considers a field and buys it.

She does not buy the most expensive field. She does not hastily make this purchase. No, she considers the field, and {then she} buys it.

In my mind’s eye the proverbs 31 woman is considering whether or not the purchase of this field will be a wise one. Will it be wise use of her family’s hard-earned money? Will this purchase be a wise investment, or will it be a waste of their income?

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Being a single-income household has forced us into responsibly considering all things financial. No longer are we choosy when it comes to brand names and labels; we now feel freedom in wisely choosing to be frugal.

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You see, I can not complain that we do not have money for date night if we choose to be frivolous, rather than choosing to be frugal. We can not complain that we have overspent on our grocery budget if we have not shopped wisely; choosing cheaper options when possible on the items we need.

We have learned that there are benefits to being wise with our money. First and foremost, we are faithful to tithe on the blessings that we are given from the Lord. Secondly, as the Lord is faithful with our finances- and we wisely manage His blessings; we are able to do more!! We no longer feel ourselves bound by increasing debt, instead we have a little left over to bless others with!

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It is also wise to remember that all the gold and silver {our wealth; finances} belong to God. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:6-8) It is our responsibility to honor Him with our financial decisions.

Being prideful when it comes to making purchases will result in loss. Will you choose to “consider” your purchases like the proverbs 31 woman and in turn, be frugally free?

Heavenly Father, thank You for options. Thank you also, for wisdom that guides us to make choices that lead us to freedom. I pray, Jesus, that you will protect the income of that of my sisters. Jesus, as they are faithful to You, I pray that You will continue to be faithful to them. Help them when making financial decisions for their family to always “consider” their options. I pray that they will soon find themselves in a position to pass along financial blessing to others. I ask all these things, in Your name; amen.

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