My 5 for Friday (April 9, 2021)


How much should you spend on rent? What post-pandemic financial moves should you be making? And what handwritten notes should we be sending?


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

  1. 10 Handwritten Notes Most of Us Ought to Send by Chuck Lawless. Writing letters almost seems like an archaic thing of the past. But even a short, handwritten not can communicate a special care for someone. Whether its your pastor, coworker, your spouse, or a close friend, take a few minutes to foster a relationship today with a simple, handwritten note.

  2. Your Post-Pandemic Financial Checklist by Maryalene LaPonsie. The pandemic’s start is a little over a year behind us, and with vaccines rolling out, the end seems within reach. Surely, your finances have been affected by COVID’s arrival, but how should you think about your money as the greater threat of the virus begins to subside?

  3. Rule of Thumb: How Much Should You Spend on Rent? By Rebecca Lake. The general advice of financial experts is that you should spend no more than 30% of your gross income on rent each month. This advice has passed down from government housing programs in the 1930’s. This rule, however, should be taken with a grain of salt. Other helpful rules of thumb exist, such as the 50/30/20 rule.

  4. He is Risen – Now What? By Allyson Todd. Easter weekend has come and gone. As we worship Christ and reflect on His resurrection, we are led to ask what this event means for us Christians today. Christ’s resurrection is the answer to our deepest suffering. Christ’s resurrection means we will never wake up hopeless.

  5. Technology and Marriage – We Need to Set Boundaries by Louise Bettelli. While technology is not in itself evil, it can become a barrier to genuine, deep relationship. Marriage, the most intimate of relationships, is no exception. Technology is here, and the question is, how can use it wisely for the betterment—and not the detriment—of our relationships?