I couldn’t get it out of my mouth.
Well? Just tell me.
We’re going to have to replace the whole door. $900.00.
Tension rose. I had had a few hours to absorb the news, but Matt was experiencing the gut kick at first impact.
Disagreement followed. He thought we should handle it this way. I thought we should handle it that. Words with a heated undercurrent that quickly subsided as the bell clanged and we both pulled back to our corners of the ring.
He went to take a shower. When he came back downstairs I sat down close to him on the couch and reached out my hand to his.
We’ve been here before and have come through it together.
Yes, we have, he agreed.
“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Proverbs 23:5)
Goodbye money. It was nice having you around for a while –come again when you can stay longer!
My dad has repeatedly chanted this mantra to me: It’s just money.
Just money, yes, but it can either be the hook that pulls our marriage apart or the challenge we work through together.
So we’ll do what we always do to handle a tight money spot
· Remember, on purpose and out loud to each other, the times when God has taken care of our financial red zones before.
· Determine to tackle the problem with cash and not credit.
· Work the problem: What do we have? What can we do? Make a plan.
· Tighten the belt.
· Pray for help, leaving room in the heart for belief that God can act beyond our imagination.
· Hug each other tight in the kitchen (a free activity). Whisper sweet nothings (which are quite economical) in each other’s ears.