Given the current financial crunch so many are in today, I thought I would re-post this past favorite. Originally posted March 4, 2008. Much love! Sue
I heard a story once about a woman who loved to spend money! She was truly a shop-aholic in every sense of the word.
Her husband had sat her down and talked about the fact that they really needed to be on a budget and would appreciate her help with this endeavor.
So one day she sheepishly came home with yet another new outfit from her favorite designer.
She was so excited about her great find and she just knew that her husband would see things her way once he saw how wonderful she looked in this new outfit. She rushed upstairs and put it on to model for her husband.
As she was spinning and twirling in front of her less than impressed husband, he reminded her that they had made a commitment not to spend any money that was not in the budget.
“Oh, but look how darling this is honey, I just couldn’t resist! I’m telling you…the devil made me do it!” she said.
“But you know that when the devil is tempting you, you should just tell him, ‘get thee behind me satan!'” the husband said.
“Oh, but I DID!” she said, “and the devil said that it looked good from the back too!”
The story is funny, but unfortunately the subject matter is not. So guess what today’s post is about? That’s right. Honoring our husband with the way that we handle the family finances and spend money.
Prov 31:10-12 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm,all the days of her life.
Prov 31:27 She watches over the affairs of her household NIV
It is called, “financial infidelity” and it is one of the leading causes of divorce today.
The signs of financial infidelity include hiding money or debt, failure to disclose assets, keeping a secret bank account, and secret spending.
This type of dishonesty can threaten a marriage.
The spending and secrets are basically the symptoms.
The real problem is there’s been a breakdown in trust between a husband and wife.
I love to shop. I love to spend money. But I have learned that unless we are in agreement about the money spent, it can bring strife into our marriage.
I want to encourage you to respect your husband with your spending. Never make a major financial decisions without his consent.
Be a team financially.
If you have to purchase something secretely, you probably shouldn’t be purchasing it.
I think we all want our husband’s to have full confidence in us and know that we will bring him good and not harm as the Proverbs say.
Let’s not open our marriage up to “financial infidelity.” Create trust by honoring one another with your spending.
I’m praying for your marriages!