As shared in a previous blog, we want to help the ladies in our program first and foremost in their walks with Christ. Seeing a lady grow in the Lord and find freedom from life-dominating sins through Christ is an amazing privilege and our number one goal for them.
Although secondary to our spiritual goals for our ladies, we also have practical, life-skill-type goals as well. And sometimes, these goals and our spiritual goals go hand-in-hand. One life-skill that fits this category is the skill of budgeting.
When a lady enters Phase 2 of our program, she will often get a job outside of the VOH house. Phase 2 is a time to begin taking on real-life responsibilities again, while still under plenty of accountability and counsel of the VOH program. When a lady begins to receive an income from a job, her counselor works with her to create a budget she keeps up with on her own.
Many ladies who come to us have never handled money well, and have never learned how to handle their own finances. Budgeting is one skill we seek to help them grow in not only for practical reasons, but also for spiritual ones. It is a stewardship issue of managing what God has provided.
The Bible says a lot about the importance of being a good steward of our resources, finances included. The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 is but one example of how importance our Lord places on being a good steward – and what God says is important, we want to place as important in our lives as well.
Living as a good steward is an exciting concept to teach our ladies, both spiritually and also practically. Our goal in life is to glorify God, and we can certainly do that by being a good steward of our finances.
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