Tammy Helfrich

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Remodeling Clay Podcast

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Today, I have the honor of being a guest on Clay Shaver’s podcast, Remodeling Clay. If you’re visiting from his site, welcome! I look forward to connecting with you.

You can check out the episode here.

Be sure to check out some of Clay’s other episodes. He talks about losing weight, being healthy, and remodeling your life for the better. And while you’re there, be sure to leave him a review on iTunes.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the show. Leave a comment below.

 

 

Giving at Ridiculous Levels

Today’s post is from my friend, Casey Lewis. I had the honor of working with him and a group of people to raise over $5K in less than a week. We were able to send five people to Jon Acuff’s Start Conference in Nashville, with all expenses paid. It was pretty incredible. Casey is the real deal. He lives and breathes it. He also shares practical advice to help us move towards radical generosity. Show Casey some love in the comments below!

 

 

Have you ever paid for someone’s electricity bill for an entire year in advance?  When you watch the news after a natural disaster, do you feel compelled to take time off of work to help out?  Do you want to leave a $1,000 tip on the table for a waitress who’s a struggling single mother working on Christmas Eve?  Have you ever thought about building a water well for an African village?

I could probably go on and on for days with levels of extreme giving like this.  The reality for most of us, though, is that we struggle in just giving our tithe to our local church.  We go to work, pay bills, and with the money left over at the end of the month, we throw a few $20 bills in the offering plate as it passes by, if that.  Generosity listed above doesn’t even register on the scale for us.

 

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Part of our DNA

Here’s what I know from scripture.  In Genesis 1:27 it says, “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God.”  He knit us together in our mothers womb (Psalm 139:13) and we know He is the ultimate giver.  So much so that He sent His only son to Earth to die on the cross for our sins. (John 3:16).

If God is the ultimate giver and we are made in His image then it would make sense that we have woven into our DNA a spirit of generosity.  It also then makes sense that when we are not giving like we know we should, it leaves an empty feeling inside.

Broke people have a hard time helping other broke people.

If giving crazy amounts of money, time, and resources is something you long for then you must put yourself in a position to build wealth.  This isn’t a chicken before the egg, egg before the chicken scenario.  Generosity is something you can certainly do when you’re broke, but a broke person isn’t going to take 3 weeks off of work to fly to Haiti when an earthquake and hurricane attempt to wipe the country off the map.  A broke person won’t be writing any $30,000 checks to build Kindergartens in Vietnam.  That level of generosity requires money.

Get on Track.

Building wealth starts with a plan where ridiculous levels of generosity are the end goal.  It starts with slashing your budget now, selling things you can to pay off your debts now, taking care of your own household first (1 Timothy 3:5) by building an emergency account for rainy days, and investing for the future to build wealth.

Getting your finances in order today sets you up for crazy, ridiculous levels of generosity in the future.

What are some other ideas you have for ridiculous levels of generosity?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

 

 

 

Casey Lewis is the author of the book Impact and the blog casey-lewis.com.  He works as a financial coach and speaker, helping people put their finances in a position that allows them to chase their dreams and make an impact in the world.  Find out what he’s up to on Twitter @caseynlewis  or for useful tips on how you can get better with your finances, sign up for his free newsletter.

The words I couldn’t say

Today, I have the honor of a guest confession at Confessions of a Terrible Husband. If you’re visiting from Nick’s place, welcome! I look forward to interacting with you. You may also like this popular post about what Nobody Told Me.

Yes, I realize I am not a husband. But I do have one. And I can own up to the mistakes I have made as a wife. So when Nick asked for guest posts, I was happy to share with his readers.

 

 

There were words I couldn’t say for a long time in my marriage. They weren’t the three words you’re thinking of. I could say those.

I didn’t really think about not being able to say these words. It was implied that I didn’t want to say them, and my husband felt it strongly. I just didn’t realize it.

Don’t misunderstand. We have had a good marriage. We started dating when I was 18, and we were friends first. We stayed together through college and married after seven years of dating. We had fun together. We were comfortable together. There was no doubt in my mind that we would always be okay. We’d make it through whatever life threw at us. That’s what I always thought. There were no worries about staying together.

Then, we had kids. Our marriage changed. There was so much more stress! We had been used to being a couple for so long, that we really struggled with it. Of course, we wouldn’t admit it. Or, I wouldn’t. Suddenly, the third and fourth person in our family, although full of joy and happiness, sucked the life out of our couple time. Continue reading

 

You can learn more about Nick and his awesome blog here. You can also follow him on Twitter.

I’d love to hear if there are words you have a hard time saying, too. Share in the comments below.

 

*Photo credit: Creative Commons (brewbooks)

Feel Like You’ve Missed the Bus?

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Alli sharing her heart at the START Conference
Photo credit: http://danielcwhitephotography.com/

 

I’m honored to be guest posting at Faith Driven Business today. If you’re visiting from that post, welcome! I look forward to interacting with you. I’d love to also connect with you on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

When we start dreaming again, our eyes are open wide. We suddenly see all of the endless possibilities. And sometimes, it scares us.

How can we possibly choose what to do next?’   What is the ONE thing we are supposed to do?

What if we have missed our chance?

These are questions I’ve asked myself in the past. I thought of them again recently when I attended Jon Acuff’s START conference in Nashville.  

I love hearing stories of people dreaming and living life differently. Online business coach Alli Worthington is one of those people who inspires me to act on my dreams.

Continue reading here

 

 

The Wisdom of Silence

I am excited to introduce you to today’s guest, Chris Morris. He is a CPA by day, a blogger before the sun rises, and a happily married father of 4 all the time. He writes about how faith and real life can collide in the brokenness of life, while still holding on to hope. You can read his blog or follow him on Twitter @sometimeshope.

 

When a friend is in the midst of deep struggle, it is difficult to know how to be a trustworthy encourager. We don’t always have the answers. On occasion, we don’t have any answers, because it just doesn’t make sense.

Sometimes, the best thing we can say to a friend in pain is nothing at all. Just be there with them, share in their pain by being present. We don’t always have to try to fix the pain, or frame the sorrow, or remind them of God. The words we share to console our friends often do nothing but stir up dissatisfaction.

 

Well, you know that God will work this out for good at some point right?

…God still has a wonderful plan for your life.

…Maybe God is trying to get your attention, to root out some sin in your life.

 

Each time we say something like this, our heart is in the right place. We are trying to comfort our friends. We just aren’t doing it well. Instead of comfort, we might end up increasing sorrow, heaping doubt, or even producing anger in the hearts of those we love.

 

Morning of reflection

 

The funny thing is this – we know that is exactly what we are doing. We have all been on the other end of these well-meaning but misguided attempts at comfort. So why do we do this? Because we fear silence, despite what the Proverbs say:

 

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.

— Proverbs 10:19

 

We think that if we say nothing, we have nothing to offer. So often the exact opposite it true. Many times, sitting alongside our friends as they weep amongst the apparent ruins of their lives, commiserating with them, and fiercely giving them a hug is the best thing we can do.

Truly, this is wisdom. We need not run from silence, but instead step into it, and in so doing begin to walk in wisdom. It is this wisdom that will eventually usher in God’s healing and His presence, not our chattering.

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