By Pastor Gary & Mona N.
Which of the following terms best describes who you are … spender or saver? Are you an impulsive shopper, or do you create a financial strategy for purchasing the things you want? The answers to these questions are important to know when you are already in, or are contemplating marriage.
Purpose to never forget that Godis the rightful owner of everything, and that we are the caretakers of His belongings. By definition, steward means … “one employee in a large household or estate to manage domestic concerns such as the supervision of servants, collection of rents and the keeping of accounts.” Simply stated, God has entrusted us to manage His earthly household.
Before we can take on the managing of God’s earthly household, couples must start with their individual households. First and foremost (preferably prior to the nuptials), couples should be completely honest with each other in disclosing their full financial status and situations. The individual incomes of the husband and wife should always be combined because of the “oneness” that should be the focus of the marriage in accordance to God’s will. Together, spouses should manage and take charge over the blessings that God has given them. The only way to have confidence in knowing what to do about finances is for the couple to pray for God’s guidance, and then submit to His will and timing.
The administratively stronger, more detail oriented financial person in the marriage should be the record keeper. To read this article in its entirety go to http://bottledtearsinheaven.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/the-challenges-of-shared-finances/