In Cathey’s Words

As women from The Father’s House head out on the 2016 Freedom Challenge, here are some inspiring words from Freedom Climb founder Cathey Anderson’s journal

BY Callie Carson & Cathey Anderson


Many of you knew, loved, and admired Cathey Anderson. She was a beloved member of our church community and the founder and visionary of The Freedom Climb. Over the next two weeks her daughter, Callie Carson, will be sharing with us some of her mother’s words written on Caring Bridge during her cancer journey last year. We continue to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of Cathey Anderson.

From Callie: As many of the Father’s House daughters prepare to leave for Freedom Challenge 2016: Wyoming Grand Tetons in the coming week, I thought this journal entry from my mom, Cathey Anderson, would be appropriate for this week’s Daughter’s Blog. It blows my mind to think about my mom, sitting down at her computer writing this journal entry just over one year ago. She was excited and ready to head for Europe and hike throughout the Swiss Alps. At this point in her cancer journey she had received all the cancer therapy that she would end up doing, and she believed that she was on the upside of the battle. Little did we know that in just six short months, she would be meeting her Savior face to face. But there were a few things she was sure of, as you will read here. Jesus is the Lover of our souls, and she knew without a shadow of a doubt that whether she lived or she died, everything was going to be ok. 

The Lord Determines our Steps
June 26, 2015

On July 16, we leave for Geneva to set out on “The Freedom Climb 2015: Alps”! Each week JoAnn Hummel sends a message of encouragement to the Freedom Climbers as they prepare physically, spiritually and emotionally. Her scripture was from Proverbs 16:9-“In her heart a woman plans her course, but the LORD determines her steps.” Very appropriate! For this past year, I have planned my course of healing with the medical staff CONFIDENT that it would come to fruition. But, the LORD is most certainly determining the steps I’ll take.

We had the CT scan on Tuesday, June 23 and met with the oncology staff on June 24. The good news: the tumor markers (meaning the level of protein the tumor is putting out) dropped. The bad news: the tumor has done nothing. Surgery is out of the equation. That tumor is quite the stubborn little beast! So, what does this mean? We have done everything we medically can. I can go on “chemo maintenance” to try and keep the tumor quiet. Do I want to do that? Not sure. There are “alternative” choices and we’re looking at those. Perhaps. For now, just lots of prayer, prayer and more prayer.

After the last CaringBridge post, I was blessed with lots of great discussion. LOVED THAT! The key point etched into my thoughts was this and it’s pretty simple: Every single one of us is decaying. Our bodies are wearing out and breaking down. We were born with a shelf life. Too bad it’s not stamped on our hind ends! And even if it was, we’d likely do everything we could to extend that date! When we get sick or broken, the LORD can heal us. He is capable. But he doesn’t always choose to do it. It’s His call; His decision. His ways and His thoughts and His reasons are FAR higher than ours! So, when people ask, “If God’s a good God, why doesn’t He heal you?” My answer is, “I don’t know because He could. But, He’s still a good God.” For reasons He alone knows, He won’t always heal us physically. He might. Honestly, that shouldn’t be our focus. Our focus should remain on our souls.

100% of the time, without exception, He WILL heal our souls if we ask Him to. Every single time. All it requires is that we acknowledge that our souls need His healing touch. Jesus is the passionate, desperate, consuming lover of our souls! Oh, how He loves us!!!

A long time ago a friend shared a story that has stuck like gorilla glue in the back of my brain. Her husband was a new believer but had not given up much of his “old” lifestyle which, honestly, was not so squeaky clean. Well, he came down with spinal meningitis and was a REALLY sick man. I mean REALLY sick. Coma kind of sick. My friend would watch him lie in the hospital bed and writhe in pain and agony. The look on his face was of a tormented man and his body would thrash so violently that he had to be tied down. When he eventually came to and woke up, he vividly told the story of the battle that was being waged for his soul. The LORD was drawing him, but the devil was hanging on as tight as he could. It was like he was being torn in two. The battle for his soul was real and strong and violent.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

Now, recently I encountered a man who also experienced near death. His story was much different. He was seconds away from death from a “widow maker” heart attack. As he encountered God, all he could say was the Majesty was indescribable, the Love profound, the Love profound, the Love profound. There were no words, lexicons, icons, or images that could describe the love and peace that he felt. He also said that what we see around us, our “reality”, is just an illusion. He looked at me and in a very quiet, gentle voice said, “You’re going to be OK.”

No matter which way this goes, I’m going to be OK. Those are some good words.

This entire journey has been filled with blessings beyond description. When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den most of us would say that was close to as bad as it gets. But, if he hadn’t gone into that den, he wouldn’t have gotten to see the angel God sent to shut the mouths of the lions. This year has allowed me to see so much good and so many blessings. The kindness and love and gentleness of friends. The goodness and caring that have shone through the sparkle in the eyes of friends. I’ve been so spoiled.   I’ve been given so much through you, His people. There are “no words, lexicons, icons, or images” that can describe my gratitude.

Through it all there’s only one thing I want: that the Lord would be glorified through my living or my dying. If He performs a miracle, I want it all to point to Him. And, if I die, I want my life to speak of a soul running into the arms of the God who loves her passionately. How desperately I want all of you to know the DEPTH of the love of Jesus for your soul. My pastor, Tracy, spoke at a women’s event and she said, “I’m God’s favorite.” Immediately I wanted to jump up and say, “No! I’m His favorite.” Honestly, we both feel that way! But, I want each one of you to feel that way. To know how special and loved you are by the Author and Creator and that YOU are His favorite is all that really matters.

For now, as we wait and “plan our course,” may all of our lives be lived with a heart of celebration for the blessings and the love poured out upon each one of us. It’s going to be OK!

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:17-18

With never ending love and gratitude for each of you,

Cathey

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

IMG_2226Cathey Anderson is a lover of Jesus and all things outdoors. She was the visionary and founder of The Freedom Climb (now known as the Freedom Challenge), which raises awareness and funds for the fight against human trafficking and sexually exploited women and children. She has 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. She passed away and met her Savior face to face on December 22, 2015 after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. She will forever be remembered for the smile on her face and shine in her eyes. She was an encourager, adventurer, hiker, farmer, teacher, mother, daughter, grandmother, friend. An extraordinary woman who will never be forgotten.

 

unspecifiedCallie Carson is Cathey’s youngest daughter. She is also a lover of Jesus and the outdoors. She loves hiking and fitness and empowers women to see their strength, value, worth, and beauty. She is often surrounded by 3 handsome men, her husband, Kirk, and 2 sons, Caleb and Connor.

One Story

As Jen prepares to move into a new place of ministry, she leaves us with ten things that she has learned along the way.

BY JENNIFER HORNING


We all have one story, one unduplicatable story. Even as I type that word a red squiggly line quickly appears under it. When I click to see what alternative spelling they will give me it says, “no replacement found.” Exactly my point. You were made in the image of God, with a facet of God only you can display! Whoa. We are all here on planet earth for a short time, a specific purpose.

Your family tree is affected by your being fully alive. Your steps of faith, acts of obedience, and redemption stories will affect your great-grandkids. Those can all start now. Can I look back and see mistakes and heartache? I sure can! But I also see a God who poured grace on my head by the gallon, and I can look forward and see an undeniable hope and glorious future of redemption and fullness of His presence. As I reflect on my time here at The Father’s House, I’m baffled by the amount of wisdom I’ve gleaned from the women of The Father’s House. I’m humbled to have been able to sit up close and personal in your lives. I believe you all are and will continue to change the world. I leave you with ten epiphanies that the Lord has so graciously taught me.

  1. Thankfulness erodes bitterness.
    My mom’s life helped me with this. I was so mad when hard things in life would happen. When we’d have to move again and again being a military kid, when there was a death, or when I just wanted to be bitter, she would be thankful, she would ooze with gratitude. At first it bugged me, “Come on, Mom, get angry,” but then it began to change me. She had more reasons to become bitter than I did but she didn’t. It convicted me to the point of change. I can and will always finish my prayer with gratitude. I’ve learned to rehearse the faithfulness of God, and, when I’m struggling, I take out a journal and write list after list of things for which I am thankful. I leave changed.
  1. Keep a record of rights.
    1 Corinthians 13 talks about what love is and isn’t. I always get stuck on, “It keeps no record of wrongs.” How often I can string together wrongs and quickly fall down a slippery slope which is the very opposite of love. In relationships, I see that this is one of the tide turners. One record of wrong can cause the destruction of love between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, parents and kids, and so on. Offense is poisonous and can inflame quickly. Holding it in your heart is like a poison eating away at you, an idol and the lens through which you see life, ruling your thoughts and emotions and becomes the destroyer of peace and joy and dictates how you live and where you go. The Lord showed me that my fuse of grace was short and that I needed to live in the posture of refilling with Him on a regular basis, reminding myself that my life and actions deserve death, and instead, Jesus died and rose for me and stockpiled grace into my bones, life into me, all that He is, in ME. Therefore I should pour out grace like confetti. I should be ready to keep a record of rights, see the beauty and be the quickest to forgive radically and to have a free heart and soul. Would we be extravagant in our love and radical in our grace and forgiveness!
  1. Love the “One.”
    Jesus left the 99 sheep to search for the “one”. He sought for the outsider; He searched and desired to find the one. If you feel like you’re an outsider, know that you’re an insider with Christ, one of His own. Don’t get stuck thinking you’re something you’re not. Instead, use the eyes and heart of what you experience while feeling you are an outsider and minister to the “ones” of this life. Let’s have eyes to search and reach out to the marginalized, broken, seemingly outside, and those who are lost and alone. Jesus was all about this. Instead of sulking in moments I feel left out or on the outside, I will pursue those who really are, who need to experience the love of God through me, going outside of myself to pursue “ones” with Jesus (Luke 15:4, Luke 14:16-24)
    .Jen7
  1. Hotel Earth, Home Heaven.
    My husband Benji mentioned this in a sermon once, “Do you spend your time and money decorating your hotel room when you stay there for a night? No! You would decorate your home where you live your life.” Spend your life like this. It’s about “there,” we are only passing through. We are a breath, but we live where “rust and moth cannot corrupt” (James 4:14, Matt. 6:19-20). We have an unshakable Kingdom (Hebrews 12:28)!
  1. “Be bold” replaces “be careful.”
    When my dad passed, for almost a year I got an average of two to three hours of sleep a night. I stayed over my Zoe’s crib and wept while making sure nothing was going to happen to her. I was owned by fear. I worshiped and idolized fear. I was scared to drive, scared to take a bath, scared of EVERYTHING. I heard once from Pastor Dan Stewart, “Fear is trusting the voice of the enemy.” Whoa. I was all wrapped in fear. The Lord continued to peel back my fears and trust returned; miraculously, He began to heal me. I still had a residue of fear though, whenever Benji would leave for work I would say pretty frantically, “Be careful.” Zoe, one day, repeated my words, “Be careful, be so, so careful, Dad.” I realized I had a problem. I was teaching my kids to simply preserve life and live in fear…rather than encouraging them to have the courage to live boldly for God in a fear-filled world, to know the light within them and that their souls are indestructible and they can live without fear (Joshua 1:9), Now our mantra as he leaves and to one another is this: “Be bold!”
  1. By His strength and for His glory!
    Another fear I had was to lead people in worship. When I started leading almost 15 years ago, I would stay up all the night prior to leading worship, nervous out of my mind, sick to my stomach and would fervently and feverishly pray. I was terrified, and I didn’t think it was “for me” to do. Someone else who doesn’t feel this way can do this. Every Sunday after service, I would rush home and rehearse my faults and say, “I’m never leading worship again.” The Lord taught me to “leave it at the altar.” If it was by my strength and for my glory then dissecting how I did would be reasonable, but it wasn’t, it was by His strength and power and for His glory. I realized that this “thorn in my flesh” was actually healthy all these years. It kept me praying, it kept me in a posture of lowliness knowing that all that I do needs to be by His strength and for His glory. I know the enemy desires to take us away from anything that has the purpose of light and life. All the more, I will do the work of the Lord and leave my sacrifice on the altar and infuse His light and life into others by any and all means, by and for Him. I pray that you would do the same, especially if it’s tough and there’s some battle in it. Fight the good fight!
  1. Worship and obey in the fog.
    I went through a grief fog. I call it this because I couldn’t see clearly, my judgment was impaired, I couldn’t think straight, and it seemed that all I knew to do I had to almost relearn. The Lord showed me the passage Zechariah 9:11-17 and chapter ten during this season. These verses spoke directly to my heart and became the words that I say kept me alive. “I will make my people strong. You will worship and obey me, I, the Lord, have spoken.” He promised to strengthen me. He gave me a two-point to-do list that year: worship and obey. I felt this from the Lord, “Jen, if you start kicking and screaming and become a disobedient kid and lose your awe and heart for me, you could potentially ruin your family, ministry, marriage, and all that you love; and when the fog lifts you will look back and you will see destruction.” So, as hard as it is, as impaired as your judgment is, no matter how heavy the trial, keep your to-do list small: worship and obey Him. When the fog lifts, you’ll see that His grace and mercy has carried you.
    Jen3
  1. Be urgent about love.
    “You’ll never regret loving, you’ll only regret having not loved.” The Lord impressed this on my heart at a point when I was really struggling. I thought to myself, “I need to be careful about fully giving my heart to my husband because I might lose him.” Wow, do you see how fear and trust are a big tug of war in my life? The Lord showed me this phrase, and it changed everything. Now, no matter what, I will fully love, because if I don’t, I will regret that in all circumstances. Be urgent about loving, that’s God’s big plan to reach the world: LOVE (John 13:35).
  1. Be grave robbers.
    My Auntie Linda said the following words to Benji and me, “You’re both going to be grave robbers … going into the cemetery at night, rushing through with flashlights and pulling people from death to life. The enemy thought that he had them dead, names on tombstones, done deal, but you will, in the name of Jesus, bring people radically from death to life.” If you know me, I cannot handle a movie with even a tiny bit of freaky; I’m actually quite famous in movie theaters as being the girl who leaves the movie (which if you do for any reason within the first 30 minutes, inappropriate, scary, bad “vibes”, they give you free movie tickets, just FYI.) Life has already proven to me to be scary at times, I don’t need more things to keep me up at night, geesh! But this, this for me was awesome! We, as Christ followers, get to be part of the reconciliation of people to their Rescuer and infuse places of darkness with His glorious light! I remember being pregnant with my daughter Vienna and singing with our band Serenade and Strum in Long Beach at a death metal festival (not sure how this happened, Jesus is funny). I remember a few thousand people walking around, many wearing shirts that proclaimed “f#$@ the Church” in an atmosphere of intense darkness. I went up there, a little nervous (that I may die for my faith, no seriously); but I was excited, although completely out of place in my floral skirt and being eight months pregnant. We declared the Name above all names as we sang about how radiant His love is and how His light permeates the darkness. Go! Be light wherever you are, let the Lord use you in whatever situation comes your way. Say yes to the great adventure of being a part of His rescue team!Jen6
  1. Be Shiny
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you can be pure and blameless, children of God in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you may shine like the stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:14-15). Nothing is worse than complaining about lame things. I know I’m complaining about complaining, but come on! When my kids are thankful and getting along…. they shine, they are pure and blameless and lovely and I want to soak their faces in kisses!!! I wanna be that kid. Often in our current society we value being real over being really transformed. Often real can just be rude or mean or a complaint. What if we allow the Lord to really transform our lives and the Father of heavenly lights authentically transforms us so we can shine like the stars in the universe? The Lord loves to take the broken, hurting, dead and dark parts of our lives and infuse them with His light and love, healing us and restoring the glow of our lives. Let’s shine, let’s love each other and infuse this world with His light.

As we walk into the next chapter in our lives, I pray you know and feel my love. Tears upon tears have been wept over you and my love for you. Thank you for being a strong sisterhood. It’s rare and beautiful.

Much love and shine bright,

Jennifer Horning


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I am a daughter first and always, a creative, an artist, a wordsmith, a lover of God and people, fighter of the good fight, singer/songwriter for Serenade and Strum, and licensed pastor. I am Benji’s wife and mother of Zoe Oceana, my ocean of life and worship, Jubilee Lania, my noble joy-filled party, Vienna Sofia, chosen by God wise girl, and Augustine Xander, my esteemed defender of the marginalized. I soak up life and give my heart to see beauty and light spring forth. I live with a pressing feeling that it all goes by faster than we can imagine.

 

Seasons of Marriage

LEARNING TOOLS FOR A LASTING MARRIAGE
BY Carla Grills


When I was a teenager and a fairly new Christian, my youth group mentor gave me some important advice. Since I did not come from a home that lived by Christian principles, I was concerned about marriage and how to have a Christian home. She suggested that I make a list of the characteristics that I would want in a husband then pray according to that list. I prayed over that list for more than two years before I had peace about it and no longer worried. I no longer have the list and do not remember all that I wrote, but I do know that at the top of my list was a man who loved God. Ultimately that one characteristic has kept us together through 50 years of good years and tough times.

 I met Doug the first year in Bible College. I would like to say I was first attracted by his passion to serve God but the truth is he was so good looking! We both loved God and wanted to serve Him with all our hearts. We however didn’t know everything that was in our hearts at the time. We were young when we married, still in college and growing in God. We’d had premarital counseling at the school so we knew we were total opposites in many ways. He is extroverted and I am more introspective. He functioned primarily out of his emotions and I functioned primarily out of my intellect. I grew up with brothers and he grew up with sisters. We certainly didn’t fit the male and female stereotypes the marriage books talk about! We were married September 2, just before Labor Day weekend. Almost all our anniversaries fall over Labor Day weekend. Years later we declared that our date had been truly prophetic. Marriage for us has been a labor of love!

The first ten years I worked so hard to please my husband and be the perfect wife. After all, that is what a good Evangelical Pastor’s wife was supposed to do! But he just couldn’t be pleased. Six years into our marriage we were baptized in the Holy Spirit. For a while, I thought that would be a solution to what was missing. Even though our Christian walk had never been so joyful, Doug continued to grow in his personal frustration and anger. For about another ten years I tried to “help” the Holy Spirit fix him! Well, that didn’t go well. Finally, I told the Lord that Doug was all His. I was just going to work on my own spiritual condition. After 28 years of marriage we discovered the root of Doug’s anger, depression, and unhappiness was the sexual abuse he suffered as a child from his father. It took over ten years of therapy to unravel the years of stuffed wounds and self-hated. It was a lot to work through. Doug gradually healed by therapy and supernatural experiences with Jesus. His testimony is awesome. He has been an overcomer in the truest sense.

 I have not always had the responses or the wisdom that I wanted to have through those early years, but I did learn a few tools that have served me well. In the late seventies I heard a message on marriage that included a statement I have never forgotten. The statement was “Give up your expectations. Treat your husband as you would a brother in the Lord.” The example given was a screen door that had long needed fixing. If you neighbor came over and fixed your door for you, you would be so pleased and thank him for being so kind etc. If your husband fixes the door, you might say, “Well it’s about time!” or “I’m glad you finally got that done!” The difference in attitude comes from expectation. When I find myself irritated or discontent with my husband it is just as often because he has not met my expectation rather than some wrong behavior on his part. This exercise helps me bring my own heart in alignment with the Father’s nature. Seeing my husband as a brother in the Lord has given me more patience and grace for how the Lord sees him. It allows me to more easily forgive and give up the vain imaginations I may have been entertaining.

We have now been married over fifty years. Through those years there have been many changes and seasons of life. Becoming parents, leaving Pastoral ministry, going into business, moving to new communities, changing church fellowships, seeing our sons leave home, and the aging of our physical bodies have all been occasions for me to check and readjust my expectations. There are many good memories to share and some of the hardest times now bring laughter.

Doug & Carla Christmas 2015 at Fishers

 I heard a quote recently that resonated true to me. It said that the days can seem so long but the years are short. A whole night of a baby crying, or a wait in the hospital while your husband has surgery can seem so long. Yet we endure and get through it. We strengthen ourselves in the Lord and are matured in the process.

 I have remembered the vows we spoke those many years ago. They were a covenant before friends, family and God. I take you as my wedded husband to love in sickness and health, for richer or poorer until death parts us. We have the rewards of many years together not because it all went well or we encountered no obstacles, but because we choose to change and grow according to His goodness and mercy. At the top of my list was a man who loved God. I have no regrets.

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Carla 001Carla is married to Doug Grills. Their older son Matt lives in South Korea, and a son Chad and daughter-in-law Anna live in Hawaii. They have one grandson, Emmett who also lives in Hawaii. Carla is a licensed Health Insurance Agent and works with Doug in their home. She is a part-time Chaplain for Lexus and Toyota dealership in Carlsbad. She also has ministered in the healing rooms for ten years. In the nineties she taught ten years in a local Bible Institute, she holds a BTH and MA in Pastoral Studies.

Think Thrifty

Top 25 money-saving tips from a self-proclaimed penny pincher
By Heather Rogers


When asked to write about some money-saving tips, I was somewhat surprised I was chosen. But the more I thought about what to write, the more I realized I had so many things I wanted to share! I wouldn’t say I’m the “queen” of cheap living, but I am pretty thrifty and, well, a penny pincher. So I thought the best way to share all my tips would be to keep each one brief and brilliant.

  1. Make fewer “I deserve” purchases and more “I need” purchases.
  2. Always start with the clearance racks.
  3. See shopping as a game: Find the deals/savings and you win; pay full price and you lose.
  4. When you can buy used, do it! Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook groups, garage sales, estate sales, etc., are all great options.Garage sale vector
  5. Expand your horizons on what you can buy used. Consider buying decor, furniture, clothes, household items, toys, sports equipment, outdoor living, etc.
  6. Look for things around your home that you can live without and post them on one of the many online marketplaces. Just remember: If you take 10 minutes to post an ad and you make 20 bucks, you’re making $120 an hour. Not bad!
  7. When you accumulate “junk,” try selling it. You will be amazed at what people will buy.
  8. Before paying someone to remove your junk, post it as free on Craigslist, and I guarantee it will be gone within a couple of hours.
  9. Buy products that you use regularly (and that don’t expire) on sale—even when you don’t need it. You will run out eventually, and it’s better to buy it at a sale price.
  10. Before running to the store to buy things for that dinner you are preparing, see if you can use up as many items in your pantry and fridge as you can before shopping. 11. Get creative! You may even find a new dinner dish from your pantry leftovers.

If you are missing one ingredient for something, look online to find if it has a substitute. You will be amazed by how many substitutes there are. (I recently used Greek yogurt for ricotta cheese in my lasagna, and it worked great!)

  1. Do a family spending “fast.” Go without spending for X number of days. You can put parameters on it that work for your family.
  2. Hold out as long as you can for that one item you want at full price. Most likely, it will go on sale. Remember, find the deals/savings and you win! Pay full price and you lose.
  3. If you are looking for something specific, shop online first to see what kind of deals you can get.
  4. Give your kids fewer snacking options. Snack foods get expensive really quickly.
  5. Take inventory of your bank or credit card statement. Find out where you are spending and look for ways to cut back. Mint.com is a great tool to help track your spending.
  6. Grocery shop on “double ad days.” Some grocery stores will have one day each week that has last week’s deals and the upcoming week’s deals, so there are twice as many sale items on those days.
  7. Grocery stores have clearance racks too. Find out where they are and start there. You will find food, household items, toiletries, etc.
  8. Simplify! Downsize! Purge! Clean out! As Americans, we pay to store our extra stuff!
  9. Check store websites before going shopping. Several retail stores have online coupons that you can show from your phone at checkout (JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Macy’s).date night couple
  10. Find happy hours with a food menu you enjoy. My husband and I make a regular date night to Macaroni Grill for their $5 happy hour pizzas. Our meal is $10 at a sit-down restaurant! Afterward, we walk over to See’s Candy for dessert. Dinner and dessert for less than $20!
  11. For discounted entertainment options, try Groupon.com, Livingsocial.com or Restaurants.com.
  12. The best times to hit garage sales and estate sales are at the beginning and the end. The beginning is great because you have first pick. The end is great because they slash prices—the items that were priced too high are now discounted.
  13. Look through the coupon mailers that you readily toss in the trash.
  14. Throw your loose change into a giant glass jar and decide what you will do with the money once it’s full. Have the whole family contribute their loose change.

There are countless ways to save money—these are just a few ideas. For our family, it’s important to us that we teach our children the value of money. We want them to learn to be good stewards of the money God gives us. However, we don’t want them to just focus on saving their money—we want them to also learn how to tithe and how to help others in need. Hopefully this gives you a start on ways to save. Have fun and reply with any additional ways you like to save. Happy shopping!

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Family photoHeather Rogers has been married to Shane for 13 years. They have two children: Caleb (8) and Hailey (6). They have lived in California for 2 years and have done ministry together 13 years. Heather recently went on staff at The Father’s House as the junior high director. She loves to run with her dog and, if it were up to her, she would have a zoo at her house. She loves to bake for others. In fact, you can sum up her life mission to love others in one simple phrase: “love and cookies.”