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5 for Friday (January 28, 2022)

What is the blame triangle? Should you use your retirement funds to get through a tight spot? And what are some jobs that don't require a college degree?

These questions and more are answered in this week's 5 for Friday.

1. The Blame Triangle by Rusty McKie. The last two years have been fraught with pain and discord. When relationships are broken, it is easy to blame ourselves, others, and God in ways that only hurt us. But blame doesn’t heal pain. We need to be honest with ourselves and God, and be compassionate with ourselves and others, trusting that God is faithful.

2. Should We Use Our Retirement Funds to Get Through a Tight Spot? By Chuck Bentley. If financial struggle comes and you have money saved for retirement, is it a good idea to pull out the retirement? Before you decide to do that consider other options. First, quantify how short you are on necessary cash flow for each month. Then consider how temporary additional work, your housing situation, and social security may impact your finances.

3. 25 Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree by Maryalene LaPonsie. Not everyone needs a college degree. There are plenty of paths for those who don’t have a college degree. Maryalene LaPonsie lists several of these options, including maintenance and repair, electrical work, and landscaping are great jobs for those who enjoy being active. Firefighters and patrol officers can start out of high school. See these and twenty others.

4. No Insurance for Broken Hearts by Grace Sutton. Your medical insurance off-sets the burden of health issues, but is there an insurance that off-sets the burden of broken hearts? In a broken world, the human heart experiences disappointment and despair. We have no insurance policy for this. Placing our hope in a future glory with God does not mean we pretend brokenness isn’t real in this life.

5. 7 Questions You Can Ask God about Giving by Randy Alcorn. Money is a regular topic in the Bible, as is generosity. We are stewards of God’s money, instructed to be generous to others as he has been generous to us. Randy Alcorn offers seven suggestions on how to pray about generosity. Look through these as guidance for your financial prayers.


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