Starting Over Financially - Lessons

Starting Over Financially

7/7/17 Start Right Proverbs 3: 9

I’m Miriam  Neff-with STARTING OVER FINANCIALLY,-and I’m Valerie Neff Hogan, and we’re here to talk about money M You see that paycheck hit your bank account, you acquire money.  What is your first and smartest move? V  Proverbs 3: 9 Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.  That means put aside a set amount for Kingdom purposes.  The second best step is to put aside something for savings.  That percent varies by age and your income.  But that’s second after first giving back to God. M  What Kingdom purpose has God laid […]

The wisdom wealth connection

I’m Miriam  Neff-with STARTING OVER FINANCIALLY,-and I’m Valerie Neff Hogan, and we’re here to talk about money   M Proverbs 8: 10 & 11 emphasize the wisdom wealth connection. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold;  for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.   V  We know that God told King Solomon that he could make a request of him.  Solomon asked for wisdom.  How many of us or our leaders ask for wisdom over power and money these days? And yet the creator of all says […]

Slack Hand

I’m Miriam  Neff-with STARTING OVER FINANCIALLY,-and I’m Valerie Neff Hogan, and we’re here to talk about money   M  Connect these two words:  Work, Money.  Proverbs is full of advice to work and what will happen if we don’t.  10: 4  4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.   V  Hard work does not guarantee wealth.  But being productive is satisfying    and often at least leads to having enough. There are countless examples of folks gaining wealth and prosperity over time with hard work and good Stewardship, but very few examples to the contrary. […]

New Beginnings

Never suppress a generous impulse.

George Sweeting once said,  “Never suppress a generous impulse.”  That floated through my mind as a lap swimmer in the next lane was complaining about being in the lane next to the pool side.  “Why?” I thought.  All lanes seem the same to me.   I caught her attention and offered to switch lap lanes.  She was elated!  I quipped, “Everyone ought to be happy while we’re swimming!”  Every time I see her now, she thanks me profusely.   But how often do I not bother to respond to that generous impulse?  Or how often is that generous impulse acted […]

Wrong Solution

I puzzled to see a woman in the next swimming pool lap lane wearing huge sunglasses.  Not goggles, sunglasses.  We paused at the same time.  I asked her about her glasses.  She said they prevented glare. “But they’re not helping today,” she said.  “They’re just fogging over.”  And she continued her swim in her sun glasses. I tried to understand.  Yes, one wall is a huge window with delightful sunshine on some days.   Her solution did not match her problem.  I’m reminded of people following false religions today.  They realize a deeper need for a firm foundation.  They embrace […]

Countries Connecting

Countries connect, make treaties, agreements, and then get in arguments.  The European Union seemed like such a good idea.  Simplifying travel, one monetary system, common trade policies.  Uniting offered lots to like.   But now we have two new words in our vocabularies, in addition to exit, we have the word Brexit, meaning Britain’s  exit of the EU, and Grexit, meaning the possible exit of Greece as well.  Disagreements continue over immigration, who has the most debt, whose making decisions, whose pulling the load, and who’s piling on for a ride.   Like people who connect and then disconnect, the […]