Blended Family Finances

 Blended families’ finances may possibly be a source of contention in the household.  The complexities that arise from previous marriages and possible past debt, to current child and/or alimony support, to disagreeing how the money should be spent, to division and possible separate bank accounts, all of these things can cause tension between our spouse and us.  Like a tug boat tied to a dock lapping against the sides of weathered deck boards from rough waters, differences in agreement regarding our finances can cause friction and wear and tear of our marriage over time.

God wants every part of us; every part of our marriage.  He wants to lead both of us spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

The bible states in Matthew 12:25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”

This is a stark reality. This scripture can also apply to our financial attitudes in our homes.  God wants us to be united as a couple on all fronts, so that the devil will not be allowed a foothold in our marriage and household.

Through Christ, there is freedom from the bondage that can come from financial worry, resentment, mistrust, greed and self-seeking motives.  Therefore, my friends, have we asked God to be the Commander in Chief of our finances in our home?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You know the financial struggles [spouse’s name here] and I face.  Thank you for what you have blessed us with already in this area.  Please forgive us for any harm that we have caused each other stemming from worry, mistrust and anger in the area of our finances.  Help us forgive each other in this area.  Please guide us and bless us with Your wisdom as to how You would have us run our finances in our home, so that we are pleasing to You, and that we may have a more unified marriage and household.   Open our hearts and minds Lord so that we may hear what You have to say in the area of our finances.  We thank you Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tanya Phillips

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