I’m really struggling with being content right now. There are so many things that I would like to upgrade. So much of our frugal life is making do with what we have. Right now I am really wanting:
a new desk
All nice tools to have. But not necessary. I have a phone. It may freeze and I don’t like it, but I own it. I have a laptop. It is broken right now but I own it and it makes do. I have a desk. It really doesn’t work for what I need but it is better than the floor.
Which brings me to my point. We have a wedding to go in a couple weeks. Since a lot of weddings have a book or something to write marriage advice in, Matt was thinking about what to write. His advice: Be content with less.
You know? He has a point. We have been struggling financially for most of our marriage. Sure, we still fight every so often but really, we are a team. We have to work together to make the budget work. We don’t have fun toys like snowmobiles or fancy electronics to keep us from talking to each other. We spend a lot of our time together, growing together, strengthening our marriage together. Sometimes that is just hanging out, watching a movie or a show. Other times we can actually afford to go out on a date. Other times that is figuring out, together, how we are going to stretch the budget to pay for something we need/want.
This doesn’t mean that we never have disagreements or arguments. Those things tend to help strengthen a marriage as you have to work through them. We have to work together to decide if we are going to buy that Macbook next or the new chainsaw. Being broke has forced us to work together as a team even more than if we were more comfortable financially. It has forced us both to rely on God to provide for us.
I would love to not struggle each month. But if that’s what it has taken to make our marriage have a firm foundation, that’s a small sacrifice. 🙂
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