Financial Strain – HIRL Episode 75

Free homeschool podcast about holiday finances.For the next few weeks, we are producing a mini-series of episodes called: Surviving the Holidays. On this first episode, we are focusing on the financial strain the holidays can cause. How do we look at our holiday spending in light of the gospel? How do we communicate as a family the importance of the holiday in light of the abundance displayed by our culture? And most importantly, how do we participate and celebrate in commerce and gift-buying without shifting our hope?

Join Fletch and Kendra as they sit down with friend and financial planner, Bill Kenoyer, for a discussion about living a gospel-centered life in the midst of the holidays. Don’t miss it!

2:40 – Introduction
8:25 – Budget your money, your time, and your list
24:36 – Finding the gospel and hopeshifting during the holidays
37:07 – Concluding thoughts


Recommended Resources:
Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey
Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Music clips used on this episode:
Money, Money, Money – Mamma Mia Soundtrack – Go buy it on iTunes
Hey, Big Spender – Sweet Charity Soundtrack – Go buy it on iTunes


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MBFLP – Getting Back On Track After The Holidays

Getting Back On Track
Whew, that was busy! The season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is overwhelming enough when it’s not as short as this year’s calendar made it. Now we’re safely past New Year’s and if you’re like us, it’s time to get the train out of the ditch and back on the rails. This episode we talk about what we’ve done to get 2015 rolling!

Resources We Mention

“Be Encouraged” Conference – Tampa (Brandon), Florida – January 24, 2015

Why You Ought To Persevere” when you’re discouraged homeschooling

A New New Year’s Tradition” about our annual family reviews and brainstorming sessions

Counting Our Days” about our family journals

MBFLP – Getting Along With Extended Family At The Holidays

MBFLP - Getting Along with Extended Family at the Holidays
We all have them – people we love too much to ignore, but can really make a holiday gathering awkward. The ones who ask your homeschooled kids wouldn’t they rather ride the nice yellow school bus, or the ones who poke the new father in the ribs and ask “Don’t you know what causes that?”, or the ones who turn Thanksgiving into mudslinging and family worship into comedy hour. Sometimes they’re even members of our family! The Bible says, “As much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men,” yet we may find ourselves quietly praying, “How long, O Lord?”  This episode, we’ll tackle how to handle the challenges of “extended family” time with grace, dignity, and maybe a bit of humor as well.

MBFLP – Celebrating Thanksgiving

MBFLP - Celebrating a Christ-Centered ThanksgivingHolidays are meant to be times to remember and celebrate God’s work in the lives of our family and nation, but too often we let the celebration overrun the memory. This episode we talk about how to make your family’s Thanksgiving more meaningful – and more fun, too!

MBFLP – Celebrating Reformation Day

MBFLP Reformation Day

On October 31, 1517, a young theologian and priest named Martin Luther posted a list of debate questions on the door of the university church in Wittemburg, Germany. What was intended as a invitation for scholars and theologians to meet and consider, became the starting point of a sweeping reformation of Christ’s church – and led to a life-and-death decision for the young Brother Martin. Our family takes time each year to remember the heroism of one man who stood up for the authority of God’s word against the challenge of an emperor, when that stand could have cost his life! Join us as we talk about our family’s celebration of Reformation Day.