Our Finances - Coins in the Nest-Egg by Jennifer Waddle

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Our Finances - Coins in the Nest-Egg
Series: All My Ducks in a Row
Jennifer Waddle

Financial worry is probably the number one cause of anxiety in our lives. When moneyis tight, or there is no money to tighten, it can become all consuming.

Our financial 'duck' must be in order for us to live a life that isn't constantly strained or burdened. But how do we make it happen when there just aren't any coins in the nest- egg?

The history behind the term nest-egg is interesting. Poultry farmers would trick hens into laying more eggs by placing fake eggs, usually doorknobs, in the nest. The feeling of many eggs would cause the hen to lay more, thus the farmer would make more profit.

In modern times, our nest-egg is simply our savings. And I already know what some of you are thinking...

''How can I even think about a 'savings,' when I can barely make ends meet?'' Indeed, we can't use doorknobs to make more money for us can we?

''But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.'' (1Timothy 6:6-10)

When we feel helpless in our financial state, it is easy to fall into an affection for money that we don't even recognize as affection. In fact we probably view it more as a love/hate relationship.

But think about it. When we are worried about getting the bills paid, putting food on the table, repairing the car and buying winter coats for the kids, what are we doing?

We are giving out attention, our focus, and our affection to money.

It may sound unfair, but believe me, I have done this very thing, and it never solves the financial dilemma. In fact, it makes it worse. Why?

Because worry over money or anything else is a lack of trust in God. Worry doesn't pay the bills or put money in our bank accounts.

''So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'...your heavenly Father knows that you need them.'' (Matthew 6:31-32)

The very first thing in getting our financial duck in a row, is to lay it all out in the open before God. Open the budget book, (or get one if you don't have one), stack up the bills, state your needs, come to terms with your wants, and...?COMMIT IT TO THE LORD.

All of it, Dear Sisters...every single detail needs to be offered on the throne of grace.

I do not know what burdens you are facing. It could be job loss, medical bills, unexpected events, or something I can't even imagine. But will you trust ...

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