Wrestling With Blessings | Thoughts on Success, Luck, Confidence, and Blessing

What does it take to make a great man or woman? How much of a person's success is based on their work ethic, management, and skill? When does self confidence begin to become an attribute that dishonors God? All of these questions have been whirling around in my head lately. As the New Year approaches, I've been forcing myself to review the status of my online business.  I honestly don't … [Read more...]

How Financial Loss Can Be a Blessing

I, like many of you, seek to interpret experiences in my life through the filter of the Bible to understand what God is doing.  It's a difficult task, even when the Holy Spirit is making up for my many inadequacies. When financial successes or failures come, it is hard to know exactly what God is doing in the midst of them. As you may remember, one of my three goals for this year was to use my … [Read more...]

10 Often Overlooked Responsibilities That Come With the Ownership of Stuff

Part of missional frugality involves determining truly valuable items and focusing your spending there.  The reason is simple – sometimes it is more of a burden than a blessing to own stuff. As a reminder, today I want to put together a list of things we are often required to do with stuff.  Some of these things require even more money.  Some of these things require your time.  Some of these … [Read more...]

How Important is Your Stuff?

The following is a guest post by Mrs. Ford.  She is a regular contributor at Help Me Travel Cheap.  She is a hardworking mother of three and a person with a heart of gold.  By the way, she is also my wife. Before we moved to Papua New Guinea nearly 5 years ago, we had to take a major inventory of our stuff.  Since the cost of shipping things here is outrageous, we sold the majority of our … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Eat Canned Meat | Borrowing & Slavery Follow-up

I was recently reading a new blog I just started following, and in one of the posts, he said bloggers need to emphasize things they don’t do. I think that’s great advice.  By letting you know what this blog is not, you can get a better understanding of what it is. What’s Wrong With Craig? Sometimes I think the best way to describe me is that I am a blogger who obviously woke up on the wrong … [Read more...]

Marriage Lessons From 10 Fantastic Years of Marriage

On May 20th, 2000, my wife and I were married in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On that date, we had no idea what God had in store for us.  But God has blessed us tremendously.  Our friendship has strengthened, and we’ve added three wee ones to our humble family.  My wife is my best friend and the bonds or our friendship have only strengthened.  I cannot imagine life without my precious wife. 10 Marriage … [Read more...]

How Wealth Can Strengthen Your Relationship With God

Almost every day, my wealth causes me to say a little prayer.  The length and the words vary, but here is the essence of my prayer: “God, I thank you for all the ways you have blessed me.  You are an amazing God who has given me much more than I deserve.” Today I wanted to tell you how wealth can strengthen your relationship with God. Wealth is a constant reminder of God’s presence in your … [Read more...]