Girls Night In

the blog for single, over-40 women

That Time of the Month

on January 31, 2014

It’s that time of the month again. No, not that time of the month. The other time of the month. The time to turn the page on the calendar, also known as the time to pay bills. I wonder if you are like me. I wonder if you dislike this part of life too. I wonder if the arrival of the American Express bill ignites a teensy weensy flame of terror in your heart like it does for me.

The truth is I tend to be pretty good about getting the bills paid on time, tithing, giving and keeping debt down. As a single person with a stable job, a decent income, and payments set up to be made automatically (thank you Jesus) it was doable. But even though I have been fairly good at paying bills and paying-as-I-go without mounting up debt, I can assure you that my money management leaves a lot to be desired.

I am a spender.

Added to that is my taste for finer things, especially finer things on sale! Round that out with the cathartic effect of walking through malls and browsing through the aisles of the supermarket, and you will understand why I often falter where money management is concerned.

With manageable financial responsibilities, and no financial accountability, I spend more than I should on little luxuries. Like lattes. And books. And manicures. But this isn’t the real trouble. The real trouble is that sometimes, sometimes, in fleeting moments that barely register in my consciousness, my heart brazenly whispers, “It’s my money and nobody’s business but mine what I spend it on.”

I really need The Lord to help me this year with surrendering my finances to Him. How about you?

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