I posted on Instagram stories a few weeks ago that for the past two months I have been trying to get really serious about my personal finance and therefore have been seeking out any and all information I can. I had some people reach out and ask what resources I’ve been learning from, so I thought I would take the time to put everything in one place.
My priority right now is savings, not necessarily retirement or hardcore investing (read: stocks). I’m contributing to my 401k with an employer match, but as of right now that’s it. Saving with a goal in mind is huge. Whether it is a vacation, an emergency fund, a wedding, or airpods, saving with something in mind is a lot easier.
After listening to many many podcasts on personal finance, you begin to hear the same things over and over. To me this means the advice is good, right?
I’m wide awake on a Friday night thinking about my little space on the internet.
You see, it’s the new year and for the past four years I’ve set blog goals and each year I’ve failed miserably.
Blogging is an interesting thing. I’ve been doing it on this particular blog for 5 years and at least another 2 years on other random blogs I started only to eventually neglect. So after 5 years it’s frustrating at times to feel like I haven’t “made it yet.”
I’m getting vulnerable now so be nice.
I’ve put the work in. And trust me I’ve done the research and the experimenting. Oh, and trust me I’ve done the comparing.
I have made new year resolution posts for the past 3 years, but this year instead of sharing a post about my goals, I’m going to share about the mindset you need to sit down with when you’re getting ready to make your own goals.
In high school I got really stuck on one bible story from Joshua 10. The Amorite army is planning an attack against the Gibeonites and Joshua journeyed with his army to join the Gibeonites. The fight began and Joshua realized he needed more time in the daylight so he called out to the Lord and said:
12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!
Joshua asked the Lord to stop the the literal sun from setting. Joshua asked for the unnatural, something completely unfathomable, and the Lord showed up for him and answered his prayer.
From this story I started living by the phrase “Audacious Faith” I even got it stitched into the collar of my letterman jacket (#throwback). After initially reading this story, I found Steven Furtick’s book, Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for The Impossible.
As I move into 2019, I want to renew this audacious faith for my own life and encourage you to do the same. How you ask? First things first, make audacious goals. If you are unsure how to do this then write down the goals you want to reach then make them bigger. So big you can’t possibly imagine how you are going to reach them. So big that when you share them with people they think you are crazy. So big you know that it will be physically impossible for you to accomplish without divine intervention.
After you have upped your goals you have to actually activate that faith and remember, when Joshua wanted the sun to stand still he didn’t ask the sun, he asked the great God he serves who had dominion and power over the sun. So in your prayers remember who is in control.