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Don't worry be happy! Easier said then done. However, choosing to worry or be happy is a choice in spite of your situation and circumstance. I have learned in every situation to give thanks, have hope, and to not worry about tomorrow. Am I a saint, perfect, or lying to you? No, to all three! However, I have learned from life's lessons, because I don't want to repeat them. I have learned that "Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen." I do not know what tomorrow brings, but I'm not concerned about it either. I live every day to enjoy that day.  

My husband and I do not have a logical life. We go against the grain. When everyone else is doing something we do the total opposite. So here we are in a recession, and I decided I really want to lessen the load in my life. Instead of working full-time, I now work 15-20 hours a week. My husband is starting school full-time and not working. I know we're in a recession, the economy is falling apart, people are losing their homes, and investments are dwindling. But, what does that have to do with us?

The amazing thing, we are just fine. Our life has hardly changed. We do take shorter vacations, we eat at home more, and we look for more free entertainment, but who cares.
Faith has shown us that all things are possible. Most people don't do what they want, because they don't know what they want. Also the average person does not have the faith to "ask" for what they want, and then believe it will happen.  

My life and testimony is all about living a simple debt-free life. Part-time and still living debt free in this economy is truly a miracle. No, I didn't win the lottery, get an inheritance, neither are we living off our savings and investments. Yes, our daughter is enjoying both parents at home—that has always been our goal. She’s now eleven, and we’ve both been home with her since she was two years old.  

Faith is God showing his faithfulness in allowing me to talk and walk out my calling and testimony. Yes, I have the faith to continue to trust him.

Has your faith increased?

Sharman Lawson a columnist on Fabulously40, and a financial coach, speaker, and author of the book 12 Steps to Eliminate Debt Forever! Visit website


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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 20, 2009
    • I can’t say that my faith has increased. I can say that I am more intune with my faith since I quit working a year ago. My faith has always gotten me thru everything. I just was way to busy before to appreciate it fully.

      I can also say that with the confidence and knowing since I turned 40 or so I also have discovered I need less. I truely appreciate the time spent with my fam and friends and the chance to breathe.

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      Tina Sickinger wrote Jul 20, 2009
    • My Faith has definitely increased. I applaud you on the steps you have taken and know that you will not suffer. The Bible tells us the HE will provide our every need! I believe that with all my heart and I never worry about where my next meal is coming from, because I know the LORD WILL PROVIDE!!
      Thank you for posting!!

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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 20, 2009
    • Perfect Bernadette! Is that what age brings us? The need to buy secirity in the form of shopping sprees? I love that thought process.

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