My 5 for Friday (March 22, 2019)

What steps should you take in the midst of overwhelming change? What conversations should you have about money before you get married? And what financial steps should you take now, in order to care well for your family in the future?

All these questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. Trustworthy with a Little, Entrusted with a Lot by Randy Alcorn. There are many places throughout scripture that show God’s attention to the “little” things. Randy Alcorn points out that “What we do with a little time, a little talent, and a little money tells God a lot.” Check out this post for a reminder to be faithful with what God has entrusted to us, rather than just wanting more.
  2. Conversations to Have Before you Get Married by Jill Koval. One of the most overlooked conversations couples miss is about finances. Jill Koval shows us the necessity of this conversation though, as she says, “the more open you are about your financial past and goals for the future, the easier it will be to plan a life with your loved one that does not involve miscommunications, secrets, disappointed expectations, or arguments about money.” Keep reading to see how you can start this conversation.
  3. Ask Chuck: Financial Concerns For Elderly Parents by Chuck Bentley. Unfortunately, the impact of poor money decisions don’t end with us. The impact extends to those around us. Here, Chuck Bentley challenges the reader to “Imagine the peace of facing death knowing you’ve taken care of your finances. You can bless those you love and the body of Christ by preparing ahead and living a self-controlled life.”
  4. Court Rules in Favor of Pastors’ Housing Allowance by Aaron Earls. “The tax exemption for ministers’ housing allowances gained more legal backing last week.” This was an encouraging result from this past week’s ruling on the claim that the minister’s housing allowances is a “government benefit to a religious group.”
  5. 5 Steps When Changes Needed Seem Overwhelming by Ron Edmondson. It’s inevitable in leadership that you will face overwhelming seasons of needed change. And when everyone is looking to you for answers, it can feel that much more overwhelming. Check out these five steps Ron Edmondson suggests taking when you begin to feel this way.

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