Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness must have never had any money. Money buys things that brings happiness. Having money is a much happier scenario than being broke.

Money can not buy joy, contentment, loving relationships, faith and other matters that are of a heart nature. The deceitfulness of riches will make us believe that having more money could buy those things. The truth is the way we handle the money is what makes the difference.

Several years ago after having enough to survive and helping others as best we could, Ronnie and I found ourselves in a “cut back the hours” situation on his job. His then side business was over for the season but the bills kept coming. It didn’t take long until we found ourselves sinking. We didn’t want anyone to know how bad it really was so we really didn’t talk about it. Ronnie didn’t really want to talk to me about it after all, he was doing his best and putting the check in the bank so I could pay the bills.

It was prayer meeting night and when requests were being taken I just said, “we need a financial miracle”. A few minutes into prayer time I heard Earline White call our name. I stopped praying because I wanted to hear what she was asking for because I had no doubt we would get what she prayed for. I was devastated when I heard her thank God for our good jobs and asked God to give us wisdom to handle what He had given us. I NEEDED A MIRACLE NOT WISDOM! Well, so I thought. There were some days and some real slaps in the face for us until one evening God helped me use wisdom and make out a simple budget.

Then deceitfulness of riches told me that writing down a budget wasn’t necessary because there wasn’t enough money and there was no way to ever catch up. I wrote it down anyway. It was simple and involved setting aside money in envelopes. (I could have been rich I had known what Dave Ramsey figured out.). I was stunned to see on paper that if we stuck to what I had written down we would “caught up” in just a few short months. Months seemed long but nearly as long as never!

If riches are deceiving you, I challenge you to fix the money thing! It may not be as hard as you think.