What a coincidence that as I'm getting back into the habit of keeping a daily gratitude journal as outlined in Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, I come across "Gratituesday" at Heavenly Homemakers!
Today, I'm giving thanks for financial peace!
I know there are some that look at our life and feel sorry for us. They feel sorry for us because we don't go out and spend freely the way they do. That we plan our purchases, save up for things and live on the ever dreaded, oppressive budget! But what they don't see, is the tremendous peace we now have in our finances.
There's peace in getting an unexpected bill for $224 in the mail and not worrying about how it's going to get paid. Because even though the bill wasn't budgeted for, since our other expenses were, there's always extra when something pops up.
When you call about the after school program and find out the registration fee AND first payment are due by the end of the week. And you don't freak out because you anticipated the expense and already started setting aside the funds for months in advance - that's peace!
When you look ahead to the future and see yourself being debt-free INCLUDING the mortgage before you're 40 and well before your children start college - that's peace! And I wouldn't trade it for all the stuff and toys in the world!
If you're in need of some financial peace in your life, I highly recommend the book The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. This book has been such a tremendous blessing in getting our finances in order. You can also find information regarding Dave Ramsey's radio program, TV program (airs M-F on Fox Business Network 8PM EST) and Financial Peace University classes on his website - http://www.daveramsey.com/.
And if you're looking for like-minded individuals also working the baby steps, visit Living Like No One Else, a free, on-line support group.