The Day My Debt Caught Up to Me

You never forget the crappy days. As much as you want to, you can’t. I used to see this as a curse but now I see it as a blessing, for it’s important for me to remember how far I’ve come. Or, how far He’s brought me.

Lately, God has been bringing me to new and exciting places. An example of this is the new understanding He has given me when it comes to managing my finances.

The Day My Debt Caught Up with Me

I remember the day I signed up for my first credit card. I was heading to Jimmy John’s to get my regular #4 with no tomatoes when a man stopped me at the door with an enticing offer: Sign up for a credit card and get a Jimmy John’s sandwich for free.

Well, I was already going to get a sandwich anyway, right? I would actually be saving money.

I’ve always been a sucker for a good deal and being the poor, starving college student that I was, I couldn’t sign my name fast enough. I was thinking, I’ll get the free sandwich and when the card comes in, I just won’t use it.

Throughout the following five years, not only did I use that card, I used it (and another) a few too many times.

This all led me to one particularly crappy day. A crappy day with rain that fell sideways. The perfect backdrop for such a day. [Read more…]

What Are You Waiting For?

I can host a party with the best of the Southern belles, and I have more dishes and serving pieces than should be legal for one person to possess. But items to actually cook with? I’m more than lacking.

What Are You Waiting For?

Case in point: I bought my first-ever food processor recently. Well, technically it’s chopper—more like a Junior Food Processor—but it’s in the food processing family. Currently, I have 1 medium frying pan, 3 pots, 1 cookie sheet, a toaster, and a hand mixer. Oh, and a crock pot, a casserole dish, and now a junior food processor. [Read more…]

Single and…Declaring Bankruptcy

Editor’s Note: This is another installment in our “Single and…” series where we interview singles from all walks of life. It is our hope that you are encouraged by the stories of people who have a similar journey as you, who share the same dreams you have, who face the same hurdles you do, and who can remind you that you are not alone.

When you’re on one income, it can seem like you just never have enough money. For many, there’s just enough to cover the bills, but there’s little extra. But for others, credit card balances, medical bills, student loans, car notes, mortgages—it can all add up to be terribly overwhelming. And when you don’t have enough money to pay all of your bills, some feel bankruptcy is their only option.

Single and…Declaring Bankruptcy

Sundi Jo has walked a similar financial road and can identify. Now the founder of Esther’s House, a residential discipleship program in rural Missouri that offers hope to broken women, part of Sundi’s personal story includes how God redeemed her poor financial decisions.

We caught up with her recently to learn more:

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Recipes for One :: Spending More Time in the Kitchen and Less Time Eating Out

Recipes for one? Seriously?

We’re only speaking for ourselves here, but we eat out a lot. No, like, really…a lot. As in, so much that we don’t want to count the number of meals eaten outside our homes this week because we’re not sure we’d have enough fingers for counting.

There are many reasons we need to start spending more time in our own kitchens—our health, our finances, and our tendency to try to forget our single state are just a few. We can’t keep using our singleness as an excuse to rarely grace our kitchens.

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Single and…Adopting a Child

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of our “Single and…” series where we will interview singles from all walks of life. It is our hope that you are encouraged by the stories of people who have a similar journey as you, who share the same dreams you have, who face the same hurdles you do, and who can remind you that you are not alone.

“If you are considering adopting as a single person, know that everyone will have an opinion one way or the other but the only one that matters is God’s.” –KB Thomas

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If any single adult knows how opinionated people can be about adoption, it’s Keri Beth “KB” Thomas. Six months ago, she brought her nine-year old daughter Daizy home from Uganda, and they recently finalized Daizy’s adoption.

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