Smart Money Smart Kids {Change Your Family Tree!}

Smart Money Smart Kids series

Money Mondays. That’s what we’re calling the next few Mondays here on {In Pursuit}. We’re going through Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze’s upcoming book, Smart Money Smart Kids. I had the awesome opportunity of reviewing the book, and together we’re making changes  that will change our family trees!
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Our family comes from humble beginnings. I shared a bit of our story last week. When I look around and see how God has blessed me (in spite of all my foolish decisions), I can’t help but give thanks! What better way to do that than to live life as a good steward of all He’s put into my care. My spiritual walk, my marriage, my children, and my home, they’re all His. One good area to work on that affects all these is the area of finances.

Load on piles of debt and mismanage money and you’ll feel the stress of it in your spiritual walk, your marriage, your parenting, and your home life in general. There’s something about debt that burdens us far beyond what we’re able to carry. The seemingly never-ending hole of interest rates and payments is both discouraging and frustrating.

So, here we are tackling an area that will reach out into all areas of our lives. So what do you say? Ready to change how our family trees look? Ready to work on a part of your life that holds eternal significance?

And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? (Luke 16:11)

smsk_300x250It never occurred to me that I could change the way my financial family tree looked. Sure, I’ve taught my children what God says about money. We’ve had conversations on giving and every year we do The Sparkle Box. We’ve taught them about giving tithes and offering, about saving and spending. However, I’ve always done it as a way to impart knowledge and not with the confidence that we’re changing our family tree.

Reading Dave Ramsey’s story of wealth, bankruptcy, and wealth-again made me realize that having money doesn’t mean we’ll be successful. Conversely, lack of money doesn’t mean you cannot be successful. Both kinds of people make choices that contribute to their futures either negatively or positively.

In the book Smart Money Smart Kids, Dave and Rachel walk us through their journey. We get a glimpse of what this looked like from both the parent and child’s perspective.

Whether you’re winning with money or struggling to make it your next check, you can take steps today that will greatly impact future generations.

Today’s Challenge:

Perhaps the best place to start is here, right where we’re at.

Being honest with where we are financially is the first step. We can’t help our children if we can’t model the desired behavior.

  • How’s your financial house? Is it in chaos? Are you on your way to financial freedom? Have you already conquered this area?
  • What legacy would you like to leave for your children?
  • How would teaching them about money change future generations in your family?
  • Is that something worth sacrificing for?

Head on over and get your  first two chapters  of Smart Money Smart Kids (for free) {here}. Then join me next Monday as we continue the conversation.

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Smart Money Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze

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