Do you have financial struggles in your marriage? Do you and your spouse fight over the money and how it is spent? I know that Lisa and I have had some difficulties in our marriage concerning money. We really did not have a clear direction in our financial lives until recently. My wife and I had the opportunity to participate in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at our church. I had been hesitant to take part in that study in the past because of the cost. I had always wondered how someone who was having financial problems could afford to pay someone to teach them to get out of those problems. But this time, our church made it available and we chose to participate.
Each week of the class, Lisa and I had ‘new’ ideas to discuss and homework to do. As we did the homework and talked about the teachings, I got excited about the possibilities of where we could go financially if we maintained the momentum of what we were learning. I would also get upset that I waited so long to take the course.
Last week as we were talking about our budget for this month, a question was raised about a category that was “over-drawn” and I said “It’s not about what is in the bank account, it’s about what is in that category.” Lisa laughed at me and then stated, “I’ve been trying to get you to understand that for 30 years.”
It took me listening to a man on a video screen for 9 weeks that I had only heard of and knew a little of his personal story to understand a concept that my wife had been attempting to teach me for our entire marriage. I guess I am hard-headed and a very slow learner. But I am a learner!!
This is not a paid endorsement of Financial Peace University or of Dave Ramsey. However, I am sold on the concept!!! Yes, it is a lot of common sense. Dave Ramsey has a God-given ability to communicate that common sense so that a hard-headed, slow learner like me can understand and grasp.
For me, the best part of the training is the interaction that Lisa and I now have with our finances. We have worked together some over the years, but I don’t believe that we have ever been as engaged as we are now. Our engagement is bringing about the financial intimacy that we both have desired, but we struggled to obtain. It is now being obtained.
I would encourage you, if you have an opportunity to take the Financial Peace University course, DO IT! It has the potential of changing more than just your finances; it can change your marriage.