Getting married, moving to another state, and getting settled is no easy feat. I’m so thankful to have Jared by my side in this! We’re both learning, still trying to get “settled” per say, and at times it can be quite overwhelming as all of these “business” aspects are coming at us all at once, and we have to get them figured out quickly and correctly.
Marriage License, Social Security Cards, Residency, Driver’s Licenses, Bank Accounts, Health Insurance, Rent & Utility Bills, Internet & Phone Bills, Tuition, Furniture Purchases, Budgeting. It’s quite a list (that took us about 2 1/2 months to get settled), and now, Jared and I are working on all of the aspects of purchasing a new (used) car out of state, and figuring out Federal & State Taxes (we might need to speak with an Accountant regarding this – I’m very confused, overwhelmed, and want to make sure I report wages correctly as I now receive income differently). We’re also still trying to figure out our budget as there are still many unknown expenses relating to the Car Purchase, Insurance, Tuition, Taxes, Medical Expenses, and the timing of when Jared receives his wages (which is put towards our Grocery Expenses).
I’m hesitant in being so candid about our personal Income and Expenses, but I feel it’s so important to be learned on these subjects, and to also help others as they learn. Budgeting and everything mentioned in the above paragraph were things I never learned as I was growing up and as such, these our topics that I so want Jared’s and my future children to be knowledgeable on (because it’s so important to be so!). So, here’s to the beginnings of the long and wonderful road of learning, knowing, and teaching, in being thankful and good stewards of what the Lord has given us, and in trusting in His gracious provision.
“Doubt not his grace because of thy tribulation, but believe that he loveth thee as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness. What a serene and quiet life might you lead if you would leave providing to the God of providence! With a little oil in the crude, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same. If God cares for you, why need you care too? Can you trust him for your soul, and not for your body? He has never refused to bear your burdens, he has never fainted under the weight. Come, then, soul! have done with fretful care, and leave all thy concerns in the hand of a gracious God.” | Spurgeon
Helpful Links on Budgeting:
- Do You Need a Budget? (Tim Challies) | Budgeting
- You Need a Budget (YNAB) | Budgeting Software
- Of Things Learned… (Married to Grace) | Budgeting
I have yet to use budgeting software, but it is something I will most definitely be looking into, and soon.
- Seminary Wives: 10 Encouragements for the Journey (Melissa Kruger; The Gospel Coalition) | Encouragement
- God Always Provides (Paul Washer) | Sermon