Boy did I trick you all with my title!! Not really. I AM excited about what has happened this month!!! First, let me tell you about how we messed up. There was a period of about 10 days or so where we just lost it. It was a mix of exhaustion and poor planning. We lost track of spending and while we didn't buy things, we ate out WAY too much. In wondering what happened, I realized that our tax return had been sitting in our checking account and we had fallen back into old habits and were using it as a "buffer." It was like a weird sub-conscience thing. We knew we shouldn't have left that money in the checking account, but it happened and it was a big fat fail. Anyway, what got us back on track was only what I could describe as a weird "funk" over our house. Then that night God gave me a dream. It was me, balancing the check book and looking at things online and realizing that if these other checks cleared that we weren't going to have funds to cover everything. It was one of the most boring dreams ever, but what was weird was that it was SO REAL. I was literally messed up for two days about what was real and what was from that dream. I kept worrying that we didn't have enough money and then finally when I sat down to double check everything, I realized it was all from the Lord. I took the dream as a warning and also that the Lord wanted me to take another look at our finances. Why were we sitting on this tax return?
Finally when K got home from work, we talked about how we had messed up and he made a good point. He said it just didn't feel right to have this money sitting around when we still had debt to pay off. We needed to not hoard it. I don't know why I thought we could keep our tax return. Sometimes I guess I need to be reminded that it really is ALL God's! (apparently I need reminding of this monthly) "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight," Proverbs 3:5-6. I love how God used a "funk" and a dream to make our path straight again. Once we listened and took that money and put it toward debt, it made a HUGE difference both in our debt total and in our enthusiasm for this call that God has placed on our lives this year. Ok...let's get into some numbers!
- New debt total as of April 23rd- $3, 971.13
- Amount paid off since last month- $8429.20!!!!
- Amount paid off since we started- $18, 428.87!!!!