I am on a year long spending freeze, but not for the typical reasons. Click through to find out how I am honoring God with my spending freeze.

Why My Spending Freeze is Not About Money

I am always up for a good challenge. “Thirty days to declutter your home.” I am in! “Fourteen days of prayer for your husband.” Sign me up! A friend saying, “Hey, I bet you could run a half marathon.” Sure why not?

So when I first heard the challenge of a yearlong spending freeze, I jumped on board. I dreamed of the large chunk of debt we could pay off, and saw no reason to delay.

The only problem was my husband did not share my same enthusiasm. He begrudgingly agreed to participate, but only because I didn’t give him much choice. As a result, we fought over buying ice cream, replacing worn out shoes, and a variety of other items before calling off the fast after a month.

For three years I let the idea lie, with no intention of picking it back up. But as I looked over our budget this past fall, my heart sank; unless we called and asked for lower payments on our student loans, we would not have enough money to cover our expenses.

Four years early we made a plan to pay off debt, to avoid the very situation we now faced, but life had not gone as planned. My desperation to gain control over our finances sent me crawling back to the idea of a spending freeze.

Learning from my past mistakes, I approached the idea cautiously and began to pray about it.

I asked God if a spending freeze was even a good idea. Could we handle it considering everything else going on in our lives? Would it be beneficial? Would it honor God?

I had to privilege of writing this post for Little Light on A Hill. Head here to finish reading.

I am on a year long spending freeze, but not for the typical reasons. Click through to find out how I am honoring God with my spending freeze.

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2 thoughts on “Why My Spending Freeze is Not About Money

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I know the topic of money is probably a concern for most people. I especially liked how you talked about how God pursues us so that we can have a changed heart. In order for our outward lives to be truly changed, God has to purify us on the inside first. I really liked when you said, “Through the verses in Matthew 6, I felt God saying, ‘I am all you need. Learning this lesson is what I truly desire for you.'” So awesome! God is so good 🙂

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