Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk… ~Isaiah 28:9a

Teach my heart, O GOD

If a person wants to be a great piano player, they often study under a master pianist. To be better Christians we must also study from THE MASTER – to learn from our LORD. To learn the way of CHRIST, we must be teachable.

Teachable: What it means

I heard the expression this week that there is hope for anyone who is teachable and trainable. To be teachable, a person must: have the desire to learn and having a “teachable” Spirit.

Teachable: The desire to learn

It is almost impossible to truly teach someone how to repair a headlight if the person has no desire to learn anything about Automobiles. The desire to learn surpasses mere curiosity; the desire to learn is a dedicated passion to fully immerse oneself in the subject. Desire is to crave. Do you crave GOD’s Word? Do you crave the reading and preaching of GOD’s Scriptures? Do you crave to seek GOD in prayer, to commune with HIM? Being teachable is more than merely loving GOD; Being teachable is craving to learn HIM.

Having a “teachable” Spirit

Try to teach a resilient little girl how to tie her shoe, and more than likely you will not be very successful. She may really want to learn how, but she will not learn until she decides to be teachable.

Psalm 25:9 tells the Christian how to be teachable: be humble/meek. We must stop floundering in pride. Without yielding to the teaching of our LORD, we will no more learn how to be a better Christian than a hippo can learn how to fly. Maturing in the faith means that we must go beyond our love for the LORD and yield ourselves to HIS teaching. No amount of stubbing up or stiffing up our backs will bring us into HIS presence. Pride is a form of self-idolatry. In and of ourselves, we will never become more CHRISTlike. Surrender of self tutoring must come so that we can become tutors of The LORD.

Yielding to the LORD also means application of what we have learn. I can study diligently how to install a garage door, but unless I actually go out and install a garage door, the knowledge itself is in vain. We must learn also in doing. One of my favorite sayings is ” put feet to your faith”. To become better Christians and have that deep relationship with our LORD, we must take what HE tells us to do in HIS Word and actually do it! Day after day, we must take the precious Words of our Savior and live them out. People may forget what you say, but they will never forget what you do.

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I will make you a promise: If you marry, you will at some point in time disagree with your significant other concerning money issues.

When My husband & I first married 10 years ago, I had the naive notion that money would not play as big of a part in our relationship as it actually ended up. 90% of the disagreements we have ever had have some root stuck in the troff of economy. I am very fortunate in that my precious husband has endured those disagreements. Alas, the foundation for this entry.

Prenuptial Understanding

Being a simple country girl, I am not one for prenuptial agreements. I do advise to those Brides & Grooms to be that before the Minister says, “Dearly Beloved,” that the two of you sit down and have several talks concerning finance goals. Be open with one another about money mistakes that you have made and make a written plan to prevent those same mistakes from infiltrating the joys of married life. Also, I would advise that the money talks go further and deeper than just money goals. Take the time to discuss your money heritage (how your parents handled money as well as how they taught you to handle money). It will play a part to some degree in how you handle money yourself. Talk openly, unhurriedly about money before you are 2 months into the marriage with $1600 worth of bills that you don’t know how to pay.

Budget from the Beginning; If your past that, START budgeting TODAY!

If you are able to begin your marriage with a mutual budget in mind, you will certainly obtain your financial goals more peacefully. Budgeting in the early months of wedded bliss may help pay for that second honeymoon in 20 years. However, if you are like me and did not begin your marriage with a mutual budget in mind there is hope. Married folks, sit down and start that budget today. Don’t procrastinate another day. Work together and realistically to make a budget that works for you as a couple. Every couple’s need and budget style will be as different as you and your spouse probably are.

One sided boats sink. Either way.

Perhaps you are reading this and saying, “Hay, I agree with you. I love budgets, BUT my spouse is throws money away like gravels…” Hear me now, a one sided boat sinks. What does that mean? If you are the budget/ frugal minded one in your marriage, your efforts alone are not enough to save the both of you. That is why a MUTUAL budget, with MUTUAL financial goals are essential – or else you’ll be bailing water out of the boat while the money-happy honey drills holes in the boat. The person you said “I do” to is your partner – in life and in finances. Together, you will make a doubly dynamic duo than you would alone.

Yes, it is worth being in agreement about

Do a couple of web searches and you will find many articles that show the link between finances and divorce. Throwing out the big D, other reasons that MUTUAL money goals are essential may be:

  • reaching financial goals more wuickly
  • less conflict on money-related decisions
  • better intimate relations with your spouse (and I ain’t just talking THAT kind of intimacy either)
  • clear plan = less confusion for all
  • teaching children and other family that money itself is not a terrible thing

It is worth the talk & the time. Although I have only been married to my darlin’ almost 10 years, I will say from my experiences so far that finances have been a big part of our hayride and probably will be. Only thing is that now we know where we’re going and how to get there.

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