A New Season

So I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately… due to a big change that we’re undergoing, I haven’t been able to be as active on the blog as I normally like to be. I’m writing today to let you know about a new season that I’m entering, and explain how it will change things for my daily work and blog activities.

I began writing a few years ago as an outlet to share our financial experience and what we were learning as we were on the journey to debt freedom and how I help others do the same.  It was a chore at first, but I found writing about the knowledge and experience I’ve gained to be a fulfilling exercise.  Thanks to the feedback I’ve received on […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Faith, Life, Money|7 Comments

What do You Have in Your Hand?

We lose so much when we focus on our lack.  We lose our focus, we lose our trust, we lose the potential to do something great.  We even lose the chance for something great because we lose the faith that it can happen.
When God asked Moses to stand up to the most powerful empire in the world, he didn’t send him with anything great.  He didn’t send him with an army of rough rider angels to come against the King of Egypt with force.  The interaction between God and Moses is fascinating as God repeatedly gives Moses his task, and Moses repeatedly makes excuses.
One of those excuses we see in Exodus 4:1 – But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Faith, Life, Money|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, America!

I love Independence Day.  It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.  With all the crazy we have here, I still love America.

Most years, I read the Declaration of Independence.  This year, I’ll still do that, but I’m adding the United States Constitution to my reading list, the legal document that established our government and enshrines the rights given to us by God, recognized by a group of men over 200 years ago.  I love it’s preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United […]

By |July 4th, 2015|Faith, Life|0 Comments

New Album from My Sister

No, “My Sister” is not a band.  Literally, my sister, Jess Ray, has recorded and recently released her best work yet (in my opinion) in the new album Sentimental Creatures.  She’s a talented artist and musician, and this album is a treat.

It’s full of beautiful, relaxed folk and deep lyrics that will get you thinking about life in a deeper way.  The album is available on iTunes and Bandcamp as of this week!  Listen for free on Bandcamp.

If you’re local to Raleigh, she’ll be putting on a pretty sweet release party tomorrow night, Saturday the 16th of May at the Old Depot on West Davie Street, downtown.  You can get tickets here.

By |May 15th, 2015|Faith, Life|0 Comments

Stewardship in the Scriptures [05]: Jesus

Today we’re going to wrap up this series about examples of good stewards in the Bible.  If you missed my initial post, this series came about as I pondered to myself the question, “What examples of good stewardship do we see in the Bible?”

So I sought out examples throughout Scripture and created a short list (certainly not exhaustive) and shared some of the stories here.  You can see some of the other posts below:

– The Good and Faithful Servant
– Jacob
– Joseph
– David

Today we’ll focus on the centerpiece of Scripture, Jesus.

Not  long ago I was reading John 17, a prayer of Jesus before the Crucifixion, and these words jumped out to me like they never had before:
I brought glory to you here on earth by completing […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Faith, Money|0 Comments

Stewardship in the Scriptures [04]: David

The Old Testament King David was responsible for amassing one of the greatest fortunes the earth has ever seen.  David had a passion for building God a temple where he could be worshiped; in fact, he wrote in Psalm 69 that “Passion for your house has consumed me…”

Because of this passion to build God’s house, throughout David’s life he set about gathering the necessary resources and stewarding them to build God a house.

You can read the full account of David collecting resources for the temple in 1 Chronicles 22.  David desired to build a temple for God, but he was a warrior and had killed many men, so God didn’t permit him to build it.  Instead, David’s son Solomon was to build the temple.  David […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Faith, Money|0 Comments

When You Can’t Do It All

So I screwed up.  I’ve been strong in my regular Monday, Tuesday, Thursday blogging schedule this week, but the end of last week and this week I’ve been weak sauce.  On top of that, I’ve been downing myself over missing my blogging goals, because it’s an integral part of my strategy.

Wednesday night around 10:45 Nancy said, “You don’t have to get a post up tonight, the world’s not gonna  end.”  I actually replied, “I know the world won’t end, but my business will!”

#dramaqueen.  Puh-leeeze.  Gag me.

I’m back in the saddle, and will do better next time, but getting behind and failing at catching up to my man-made standards made me remember a few truths.

1) I’m thankful for the Gospel.  That’s what it’s all about.  We can’t measure […]

By |March 20th, 2015|Faith, Life|0 Comments

Stewardship in the Scriptures [03]: Joseph

Today we’ll continue our focus on real examples of stewardship, straight from the Scriptures.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 here.

We’ve all felt at one point or another like we got the raw end of a deal.  Maybe we’re working hard, we’re doing our best, we’re serving people well, and then, inexplicably, we lose our job.  Or we’re blamed for something that wasn’t our fault.

Or maybe we’re sold into slavery by our family… Or thrown into prison for a crime we didn’t commit.  That happened to Joseph, anyway, as we see in the book of Genesis.  While he was still living at home, his other brothers sold him to slave traders that took him to Egypt, far from his home.  But because of his amazing stewardship […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Faith, Money|1 Comment

Stewardship in the Scriptures [02]: Jacob

When you come to fully appreciate the story of Jacob in Genesis, you see a story of how God was able to use someone who wasn’t perfect and didn’t do everything right.  One of the coolest lessons of his story is that God can use us, checkered past and all.

If we define stewardship as “caring well for what is entrusted to you,” Jacob is a slam-dunk, for at least a portion of his life.  We see in Genesis 29-31 that Jacob worked for his Uncle Laban for 20 years of his life to earn his daughters as wives (yeah, they did that sort of thing then) and a flock of his own.  Don’t tell me the Bible is dry: There was drama like you don’t even […]

By |February 12th, 2015|Faith, Money|0 Comments

Stewardship in Scripture [01]

I was thinking recently about stewardship: the belief that all we have is actually God’s, and we have a sacred duty to manage that in a way that would honor Him.  

As I was thinking about it, I wondered where we could see stewardship modeled for us in Scripture.  We see the principle articulated and taught (see Psalm 24:1, James 1:17, Matthew 25:14-30), but where do we see examples of real people who were good stewards of what was entrusted to them?

Scripture teaches us a number of ways.  One of those is through explicit commands, e.g. “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Another way is through stories of exemplary people, from which we can learn things that help us understand principles.  For […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Faith, Money|1 Comment