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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh. That's what that's for.

I had an epiphany.

Savings accounts. When we were first married and living in an apartment and were both working, we were saving my entire pay check. But at the time, we had no idea what we were saving for - sure we made purchases along the way that we used some savings on like the down payment for our house, furniture, a new computer, and extra funds for when I stopped working to take care of Joan.

But I've been really hard on us lately about having to dip into that savings every month just to break even. I've felt like we should at least have something to show for if we're going to dip into it - but we don't. We're just using it to live and not to live more luxuriously, but more simply. We've scaled back as best we can right now and that's it. There's no more give anywhere (except maybe that $9.99 netflix account).

There's this cultural pressure (as reasonable as it is) to always be saving, paying off debt, and getting ready for the future. But it is our future, now. This is what our savings are for. Just getting by. And I'm ok with that (today, anyways), because at least we're getting by.

Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. 
Matthew 6:34

Thank you Lord, for your generosity, especially shown through our parents. Please provide for us today, because today is all You require.  Amen.


Laura said...

I like this post a lot, Alisha.

Whenever I start thinking about the future, I try to consciously remember that what is right now is the most important thing in life. We can't predict the future and what needs it might hold but we can control what we do today.

And, our savings is about to be depleted to buy this house so this was a reminder I needed to hear :)

The Whatleys said...

You are so right Alisha! That is what savings is for. Good for you for realizing that and cutting yourself a break. And you know...this too shall pass!!