This is the most critical step to understanding your financial position. It is key to all other discussions about saving, retirement, spending habits, and philanthropy. Sit down with a copy of your recent paystubs the past month and statements from all your checking and credit card accounts. Add up the cash that was deposited into … Continue reading Financial Planning Step 1 – Make a Monthly Budget
Lately I have been having conversations with my younger coworkers trying to figure out how to invest in their 401k accounts. During the conversation I realized how little we are informed about how to invest. It is one thing to have the discipline to save money away into your 401k, but it is an entirely … Continue reading Finances – It is a big green world!
Last night while watching one of my mindless comic superhero shows, "Supergirl", I realized how I'm being taught progressive ideas are okay even though they are contradictory to my Christian beliefs. It is amazing to me how a seemingly harmless show about Superman's cousin can be so dangerous for my christian values, but as I … Continue reading What are television shows teaching us?
This time of year always seems to be a blur. The days separating Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer every year. Oddly enough the days are always a month apart. Not sure how that works out, but it does! Retail makes it work out! Driving back from Thanksgiving weekend up at my Grandma's in the country, … Continue reading Busy Christmas Elf or Rejoicing Mary?
Being 27, It seems like a lot of our married peers are starting to think about starting a family and having kids. Some already have kids and they are great parents, while other's think they are not able to afford having kids. This begs the question, "How much money do you need to have kids?" … Continue reading How Much is Enough?
There is no easy road in life. We all face challenges that cause us to stumble in life, lose motivation, and despair. Looking around we see the depravity of man and corruption of the world. This sends us to an even lower emotional state of hopelessness. The walls around seems to get taller everyday. Where … Continue reading Tribulation
Last post I wrote about how our perception of the world is affected by the truths we hold. See First Post to read more. This time I would like to challenge you with thinking about the consistency with which you act. Are you more outspoken at work or with friends than you are with family or at church? … Continue reading Consistency is the Baseline
This week another catastrophic event has occurred. This single event is being covered nationwide by hundreds journalists and bloggers. Sadly some people are capitalizing on this horrible event to push their political ideals. However, I would like to challenge you to stop, breathe, and consider your own beliefs before throwing in with one argument or … Continue reading First Post