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How to Live in Babylon and Not Lose Your Way

How to Live In Babylon and Not Lose Your Way

In Phenomenal Living

One thing that has been weighing on my spirit lately is the prevalence of “itching ears” in our community. In 2 Timothy 4:3 (ESV) the Bible says, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” This means that people will no longer be concerned with the righteous thing to do or what is true, but will instead seek out people who will tell them what they want to hear. For example, do you have a friend that you call who will…

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Do You Need An Emergency Credit Card

Do You Need An Emergency Credit Card?

In Finance

Imagine receiving notice that a Catagory 4 or 5 was going to make a direct hit on your community and the authorities issued an evacuation. What would you do?  Would you stay or would you go?  The thought of escaping imminent danger is necessary, but at the same time how would you pay for it? As I was sitting with my sister trying to frantically look for $700-$1,000 flights (before the airline companies were shamed into reducing the cost), looking up pet policies for the airlines, and evaluating highway evacuation routes for which roads had the least amount of traffic,…

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4 Biblical Principles for Getting Out of Debt

4 Biblical Principles for Getting Out of Debt

In Finance

One day, I was at the mall and I could not afford to buy the outfit I desired due to financial decisions committed many, many years ago. As a college student, I would vacation out of the country, purchase expensive clothing, and make a series of other poor financial decisions using my credit card. Thanks to those irrational spending behaviors, I found myself feeling enslaved. Between my current monthly expenses and the $10,000 worth of credit card debt I had acquired in college, it seemed as though the money I worked so hard for was being snatched away from me….

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Can Rewards Credit Cards Help Me Save Money?

Can Rewards Credit Cards Help Me Save Money?

In Finance

Credit isn’t bad; the misuse of credit is bad. I wanted to start off by saying this, because some of you who are reading may be wondering why I am writing a post that sounds like I may be encouraging the use of credit cards. Some conventional financial advice encourages people to avoid credit because it can lead to overspending and ultimately financial hardship. A few weeks ago I shared information on building your credit, and this week I want to share how using credit cards can actually be a good part of your financial strategy. However, although credit cards…

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The Single Mom's Guide to Grocery Shopping in Ways that Save Money

The Single Mom’s Guide to Grocery Shopping in Ways that Save Money

In Finance

One of the biggest questions I get and have often wondered myself, is “What is the best way to grocery shop as a single mom?” The reason this is so challenging is eating healthy can be expensive and there may not seem to be enough time in the day to go grocery shopping. Then if you add on cooking the food when you are exhausted, that is another challenge. One of my biggest budget challenges has been the expense of groceries. I would set a grocery budget, but yet I struggled to stay within that budget. The biggest reason why…

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