Category Archives for "Encouragement"

Ask Chuck: What Are the Characteristics of a Good Steward?

Dear Chuck, I hear you talk about stewardship a lot, and I’ve been trying to be more faithful with the way I manage all my resources. I want to be a steward and would really like to find a mentor to help me. What kind of characteristics should I look for in a mentor? How […]

Ask Chuck: How to Be Financially Prepared for a Surprise Pregnancy

Dear Chuck, My husband and I just got married 4 months ago and got pregnant pretty quickly after our wedding. While we are so excited about becoming parents, the pregnancy was unexpected and now we are trying to build our financial lives together and prepare for a child. Any advice on how to save fast […]

How To Move On From Failure

The Focus Toolbox

Have you ever felt like a failure? Most of us have experienced that sickening feeling when you realize you’ve missed the mark, made a huge mistake, or gone just a little too far. No wonder fearing failure affects so many of us. Failure can be an extremely difficult pill to swallow. While it can be […]

Ask Chuck: What Do You Do When You Hit Rock Bottom?

Ask Chuck What to do when you hit rock bottom

Dear Chuck, I have hit rock bottom with my finances. My wife and I got divorced last year and all the fallout from that forced me to file bankruptcy. As many do when they hit rock bottom, I’m trying to get back up but not sure where to start. I want to learn more about […]

Financial Lessons from the Widow and the Oil

financial lessons from the widow and the oil

Have you ever been faced with an impossible financial situation? Maybe you had an overwhelming amount of debt and no way to pay it off. Perhaps you were diligently trying to save and budget wisely but a medical emergency wiped all your careful planning out. Maybe it wasn’t one “big” thing, but an accumulation of […]

7 Rules for True Riches

Most of the financial principles I live by I learned because I was doing it all wrong. For the majority of my young adult life, and well into my marriage, I was focused on all the wrong things. Being a success in the eyes of the world was the most important thing to me. I […]

4 Ways to “Unstuck” Your Finances

Have you been waiting to make a budget until you make just a little more money? Maybe you have good intentions to start saving for retirement, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Debt has a way of accumulating quickly while we work to develop a plan to pay it off. Can you identify with any […]