I am so excited to share with you a new Facebook page I've created with the aim to create a community of women - Christian or not - to band together to support and encourage one another with a Biblical perspective on their finances. This new group is called Upward!
Money and personal finance is a taboo topic. We simply don't talk about it. But WHY?! Why is money and what we choose to do with it such a hush-hush topic? Everyone spends money and everyone, I believe, can benefit from learning about ways to save money, ways to stretch every penny, to be good stewards of not only money, but other gifts God has given us, save for the future and give generously.
Titus 2: 3-5 states, "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God" (NIV).
Paul writes in his letter to Titus about the importance of older women to teach what is good so that they can then impact the lives of younger women. This can only happen in a community. Thankfully, in today's modern age, we have technology to help us to create community despite our geographical location. By becoming part of the Upward! community, women can encourage women - no matter the biological age - to help guide each other in making wise decisions in regards to their finances in order to glorify our Father.
We are surrounded by messages of me-me-me and now-now-now, and we don't often hear or learn much about God's perspective on money. Hey, He gave it to us, right?! God has also given us instruction in the Scriptures, too. Our money is not our own, but we often treat it as "my precious" (think: Gollum from The Lord of the Rings).
With Upward!, this group of Believers look upward to Him, the provider of everything (Genesis 22:14). We bring honour and glory to Him by being good stewards of what He has provided to us and entrusted us with. My hope is that we all contribute, we ask questions when we don't know, we encourage each other and we give Biblically-based advice.
Oh, and by the way, I don't have all of the answers... not even close. That is why I want to encourage you to join the group and invite other women to join who want to seek Biblical encouragement in their day-to-day living, spending, saving and giving. Simply click here to join the Upward! community.
Take care, Lauren xo