Written by Pamm ClarkCaring for children is not a stable business. It seems feast or famine. I've learned not to get too comfortable when things are going well and to prepare for leaner times.
Here are my thoughts on going through hard times
Going through hard times is never easy, but I don't panic so much anymore when our funds get low. Sometimes it lasts a few months sometimes six months or more! Things I have learned from these situations are:
You would never grow if you were never in need. If things went right all the time, there would be no need for help from others and no need to put your trust in God.
Being in need lets you know how others feel when they are in need. It's hard it is to accept help from others and it's humbling to ask for help.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:4 - NLT
Being in need gives you a chance to be thankful for the little things. Every cup of water, pound of peanut butter, spaghetti dinner, toilet paper--they all are so wonderful! I forget to be thankful for these things when we have them at our disposal all the time.
Being in need teaches you to know what's really important in your life. Sometimes you have to sell your things, do without a lot, take a job you don't like, make unplesant changes; but what is most important, you still have--your family, your faith, your values.
Being in need makes you realize you can't do things on your own. No matter how much you think you're in control, you're not. You have to depend on God for your finances, your happiness, everything!
During our hard times, it seems DH and I cling together to get through things. We actually get closer to each other.
I've learned to pay my bills ahead of time when I can, keep current, and save as much as I can in case this situation comes up again. I'm still working on this one!
If you are going through hard times, here are some free and low cost ideas:
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I have noticed, when things are going well financially, and I have the ability to buy things on the spot, I don't appreciate those things very much. When I have to "save-up" for my wants and weigh how much I really want something before I have the ability to buy it, then I get it, I appreciate it way more!!!
This has prompted me to wait on buying things even when I have the ability on the the spot. I think it over a week or two. It's made a big difference in my life.
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