Phone Company’s Must Love Moms!

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I am absolutely convinced that phone company’s LOVE moms!

I was just having a discussion with a very good friend of mine and couldn’t help but laugh when she told me she needed a new phone because she dropped hers. I asked where and giigled-knowing exactly what happened and yup! Truth be told, she dropped it in the sink!

To think of how many phones I have boughten over the years because I have dropped them into the dirty dishwater: Two hands in the soapy water, head cranked to the side, smiling, and cramping while insanely trying to multitask the slippery plastic against my slick hair. Then-whoops!

This doesn’t account for our wonderful helpers that are oh-so-willing to aide us in our phones doom.

Toddlers are great when it comes to laundry, they can pick up those articles that have fallen on the ground so mommy doesn’t have to bend over, etc.  But, they also are prone to helping mommy add extra clothes or items they feel need to be washed and not always does mommy pick up on what has been added to the ever growing wash cycle-lo and behold, it is the cell phone.

Milk and juice have made the acquaintance of our cell phones while parked on the counter by our lil mini helpers and the worst is when they scream, “bye-bye” from the bathroom and you here the toilet flush. Yes, that was the phone and pretend Grandparent swimming down the drain!

These little accidents have cost us a lot in recent years but, nothing is more valuable to me than my Saviour, my husband and my lil’ helpers. Life can be so materialistic if we allow it, or we can laugh about the cost of our modern life and truly value the best things this life has to offer!

Matthew 6:19

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” KJV


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The Hard Path of Mothering With Purpose #2

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The Hard Path of Mothering with Purpose…

What is your Faith?

Faith can really make or break us.

It is the very start of our Christian walk-having faith that Jesus died and rose again to save our souls from sin and death-but, did you know it plays a major role in being a mother too? We walk by it everyday as a mother? How?

Everyday we set out on the task of mothering and our faced with obstacles and challenges. Ones that are easy, tiresome, scary and moderately hard. Many of these require our faith to get us through. Sometimes we aren’t seeing the results that we typically should see and we wonder if we make any difference, or if any change is really happening on the inside of our precious children. After all, we want to have faith they would make it in this crazy world!

Do we train-up in faith?

Our role is to train up. This also requires faith. To train, we instil: Skill, Knowledge, Capability, Productivity, Capacity and Performance. Training has a specific goal in mind. For us, this goal should be linked to our faith and as we instil these elements of raising our children. We hope that they will respond appropriately to them.

The bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 We are believing that after all of our hard work, diligence and perseverance through the pressed times, our work will pay off-in a sense-because our children will not depart from this training; this time of labour we have poured into them so that they CAN face the world beyond them! We are having faith, they will make it!

Who are we having faith in? Are children? Ourselves?

If I have faith in my children that, after all my hard work they would respond and do as they are told, I would have to fall over laughing! You know children. They are human. They have their own mind-set. They have their own sin nature and they don’t always do what they are told-Haha! I was one of them and can surely a-test to that 😀

If I have faith in me as their parent, I would have to also laugh. I am human too and have failed with being diligent. I have made mistakes. I have given in to my sin nature and know that I am not always a reliable source to follow.

Then who should we have faith in?

Jesus!

That sounds easy but, I can tell you that sometimes it is not and I fall back into trusting in my own strengths or relying on my children and their obedience alone. This will always fail me, but God never does!

Do we limit our faith?

I always jolt myself back to the scripture that says with a mustard seed of faith we can literally move mountains. I find that fascinating and sometimes (don’t judge 😉 unbelievable!

Oh, when I am desperate I set my faith up to that standard, but in my everyday life–with daily chores not getting done from disobedient children-with life rushing by, I have no time to breathe-with epic meltdowns in the grocery store, to the troubled teenager that wants to take their own life despite everything bit of love you have offered–I confess sometimes, I limit God in my faith!

I often wonder if the woman that was healed by Jesus from the flow of blood for 12 years limited her faith? This was such a significant miracle by Jesus that Mark, Luke and Matthew all noted about it in the gospels. I wonder if it could have been a larger leap of faith? She said to herself, “If only I could touch the hem of his clothing”. She did and He turned knowing faith made a difference and power left Jesus because she was indeed healed. This is a wonderful picture of faith in action. Even the centurion knew Jesus did not have to go and be there in present for his son to be healed and Jesus marvelled at his faith.

I wonder if this very woman said, “If only I believed in Jesus alone, I would be healed,” I am sure she would have still been healed. She had to see Him though and then she had to touch His hem. Are there stipulations in your prayers and faith that you have to see before God can do miracles?

Do we speak faith into our children?

I am very guilty of this and hence the need for it here! Do we foster faith in our children by speaking it into their lives? Despite what we are seeing do we still believe God can do miracles in our children’s lives? If so, do we speak it to them too?

So often I can be discouraged and speak the truth that only I see in the moment and the results only I see at that second. I forget God sees our future too and He sees what we can become, not who we are today! I need to see through God’s eyes too and speak faith over my children. When I pray, I need to pray for what they are becoming not always about how they are acting now.

God is they’re heavenly Father too and cares about them more than we will ever. Our faith needs to lie in how He sees them and what He knows will become of them in the future after we have laboured for Him with them.

Believing that the skills God has given us and what we put into them, will not be dismissed as they get older.
Believing that God can do great miracles still and in our everyday life, even with problems that are long withstanding and never seem to end.
Believing God cares for them more than we could ever and knows what is in store for the future of these precious souls. Believing and speaking that into their lives too!

Our faith needs to lie in Jesus and Him alone for He cares for us and our children.

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Are you Alone?
Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV

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Spring Cleaning Challenge & Goal Accomplishments!

Spring Cleaning is underway here and as some of you know, last month I set up my goals for the year. One of them is to Organize a room each month.

Last month I got to organizing a whole room…well, re-organizing. I eneded up switching the entire room around. It worked better that way and I will have before/after pictures in another post coming soon. But, I also was cleaning and tidying up things that definitely needed it while re-doing the room. The one area that desperately needed organizing was my kids’ book shelf!

Before Picture

Before Picture

Yes…this really needs help! So I took everything out… IMG_0738 And set aside piles of books and what order I would like them in. (Eg. Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Homeschooling Books, etc.) There was also a pile for purging all the ripped, damaged books!

Garbage :D

Garbage 😀

Then, I wiped it clean…it was very dusty 😦 I use my home made counter cleaner. I don’t like using anything to harsh for areas that kids will be playing. Here is the recipe to my cleaner.

Gotta get clean!

Gotta get clean!

There was a picture frame I had just got and the kids broke it by throwing a ball in the house, when they knew they shouldn’t. I think it was hanging up for less than 24hours…hence why I don’t normally buy anything nice for a house full of mainly boys! I glued the back back together and added it to the bookshelf when I moved around the room. That way it can’t fall too far down and I think it works perfect 😀 Here is the After Picture!

All Finished!

All Finished!

Organizing does not come naturally to me, you can read about that here. However, I LOVE how I feel when I do it! My kids love it too and my husband. It makes the home feel so much better and breathes an air of comfortable, easy and manageable…instead of stressed, cluttered and unmanaged! I thought this post was perfect along side of Sarah Mae’s Cleaning Challenge right now. She also cleaned her book shelf which seemed fitting that I did mine too. Find out more about her Challenge here!


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Goal Update…

FINANCIAL

  • Keep better records of personal banking
  • Work on better credit (due to a new roof addition of over 10 thousand dollars this kinda ruined it last year)  Got a new budget and that will start the process
  • Put $ aside for dental expenses and budget that into the main Budget. (With 7 mouths and 5 of them being children…this is a good idea) Started in the new budget
  • Maintain and keep better records for Business plans/Ads/Book Promotion/Book Development Processes and separate these better from personal accounts. Started separate accounts

BUSINESS

  • Continue to develop In the World but, not of it Blog Continuing
  • Write 24-30 Substantial Blog Posts 5 so far and new series coming 😀
  • Acquire 3-5 valid, true to the blog, things/products that I use/recommend personally, and qualifying Affiliates Got them and working on more
RealityWriter.Wordpress.com Blog & Author:
  • 15-20 Substantial Blog Posts 1 so far, but working on a new book series for email subscribers
  • Do research for 2 other Books in Que..
  • Begin writing for the two other books
  • Finish small finalizing ends for Facing The Grey half way there
  • Work with Editor in May
  • Get Ideas together for the Type-setting on Facing The Grey

MARRIAGE

  • Make compliments and notice husbands accomplishments (speak his love-language) Attempting this and trying to maintain this on a daily basis
  • Leave Love notes for him 2 or 3 times per month
  • Spend more quality time with him weekly, alone! We have been spending so much time together lately and it has been wonderful! …just wish it was the alone part too. Need more date-nights.

MOTHERING

  • Do fun things as a family 2-3 times per month Started lessons in music!
  • Help with homework/Bartons System at least 2 times per week This has been a serious challenge…
  • Go for regular walks 2 times per week with my youngest son Started running instead with him once per week
  • Read aloud the Bible 4 nights a week have done only 1x per week…
  • Read aloud 1 Chapter Book a month  Reading The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail!

EXECERICE

  • Go to a class Once per week Started Ballet lessons with my work
  • Go for walks 2 times per week with my youngest son 1x per week
  • Do more Gardening outside

HOUSE

  • Organize one room completely per month This month I did it 😀
  • Attempt to have dinners earlier by prepping food earlier and being more organized Thanks to Confident mom…will blog about this in a future post!

Now last but not least and almost forgot to add it in:

PERSONAL

  • Try to quit coffee (my health has really gone done hill and I think this may help) Down to one full cup per day!
  • Bake something once per week to learn and get better at it for kids’ lunches
  • Spend 1 hour per week to do nails, or have a bath
  • Schedule time everyday to do book writing Needs improvement in this area but got a lot of writing done!
  • Schedule time in to visit with a friend from church twice per month
  • Read 1 Fiction book a month
  • Start to read 1 non-fiction book a month The Dress Maker of Khair Khana. See my Book Review here!
  • Read and memorize scripture on motherhood This blog has really helped me in this area as each post has a scripture verse that pertains to our everyday life as a mom!
  • Spend 30 minutes in prayer/bible reading a day Needs Improvements!

How have you done on your goals so far this year? Are you taking up the Cleaning Challenge too? Don’t forget to sign up & not miss a post! Want to read more about these goals in my blog post…go here! 1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.” KJV


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The Hard Path of Mothering with Purpose Series

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I am going to be starting a new Series that deals with the hard path of being a Mother of Purpose!

Being a mother-no doubt-is hard work. It is selfless and we can have our doubts of who we are, what we are doing and if we are actually making any difference at all. I am here to tell you, you are! You are making an impact in your child’s life…one that lasts into eternity.

This Series will delve into thoughts that will keep you on the narrow path with your head held up and your eyes set on the things above-Heaven. For this is our main purpose.

However, we can get distracted from our main purpose and goal in rearing up and training up our children in whom God has entrusted to us. So, for the first part of this Series, I want to talk about your Identity!

#1 ~ What Is Your Identity?

Who are you as a mother? And what is your real purpose in that role?

Well, to some these questions come easily if all is well in your world of mothering but, when the walls are crashing in and the rules are neglected and children are rebelling…these are hard questions to ask ourselves. We need to focus again and remember what our calling is.

We are mothers. We are not necessarily; naggers, pushovers, walls to climb over or step on-ers, or angry monsters. We are called to be nurtures first and foremost but, most importantly our main calling is to be Christ-like!!!

Are you an imitation of Christ?

Does your children see Christ in you? Our Identity lies in who Christ is, not of ourselves. Are we being mothers on our own strength?

I often think of Jesus and His life lived. He is the single most crucial part of our existence, our Creator, our Heavenly Father. He came to this earth as the King of Kings and was met with murderous eyes and depravities. His life was not lavish. His earthly children did not recognized Him. He was used by them. He was mocked and laughed at by them. He was beaten up by them. Even His closest disciples, who He poured every bit of wisdom and love into, deserted Him at one time. Yet, out of love he sacrificed His own desires, bled out tears of sorrow and gave up His life for his wicked children (yet, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us) 

I believe we have the perfect image of self sacrifice in Christ.

Now, I am not suggesting at all you let your kids spit in your face, rip out your hair or beat you up!!! But, I want us to recognize that mothering is a sacrifice with a GREAT reward!!

Christ found this to be JOY SET BEFORE HIM!!!

We too can look to Christ and know we have a great reward in heaven. Our Identity, our strength, our reward is Christ. Lift up your eyes. Be Christ-like and know you are loved in Him first. Then, we can in return show self sacrifice for our children during those rough times, so we too can reap the great reward of a life born again into the kingdom of God. For your children are a great reward and your example to them will lead them also towards heaven!

What a beautiful joy to have!

Hebrews 12:2

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” KJV

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#2~What Is Your Faith?


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Living Up to the Standard of the School Lunchbox & Tips to stress free lunches!

I don’t know about you but, I am new at this whole going to school thing! And let me tell you (or should I let my kids tell you)

…I had no idea what I was getting myself into-regarding lunches!!!

They are THE thing!

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And if you aren’t doing it, your kids…and other kids…will notice!

I mean, I thought a healthy lunch consisted of what I got in my lunch bag (a brown paper bag with my name written on it) when I was a kid, and that was: A peanut butter and Jam sandwich on white bread, a granola bar, one piece of fruit and maybe a juice box.

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(We only eat whole wheat-so, for the bread–I must have got bonus points)

But long are the days of PB&J Sandwhiches, so many people have allergies. One time I sent the wrong sandwhich to  the wrong son by accident and a child in his class almost had a seizure!! This is serious business. So, the next day I lined my kids up and said no more Peanut butter at all! I was not about to have anyone die on my watch! They moaned and cried, but forget it-It is a NO!

Then, comes the granola bar-which is so loaded with preservatives. I tried to make them on my own and well, now they are getting store bought muffins. I am not sure if that is any better yet.

Then the one piece of fruit is not enough, you have to include the rainbow of exotic foods, it feels like. AND THEN, no juice boxes are allowed because they don’t like the carbon footprint of them, and/or the fact that kids spill them and it becomes sticky. So only water-BUT, the bottles have to have a pop up lid and not a twist off lid, so the teacher doesn’t have to help them…then, there is no fruit cups allowed because they have a syrup, no nuts in anything, so no certain breads, no, no, no!

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Honestly, sometimes, I have NO IDEA what to feed my kids!

On top of all that, you have to have cute cut-outs and minion shaped something or other. I tried this for a while…it is like a job!

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I tried chicken wraps, meat sandwiches, homemade meat and cheese stackers with crackers (got a letter home from the school saying it wasn’t healthy enough-it had cheese, meat, bread, lots of fruit, and a drink-I almost pee’d myself laughing at that letter-anyway-They, I am sure, would have approved one of those little store bought lunchables, which has half the amount of food I put together for the; crackers, cheese and meats?) I have also tried soups, fried chicken, salads, roll-ups, rice, homemade pizza….Yet, so many things can come back barely eaten! So what is the use?

Not to mention, that this all costs way more money than some old-fashioned soup and sandwiches at home!

I have come to learn that, competing, is not living up!

I can not compete and live up to the standard that everyone else it placing on my family. It isn’t fair.  We have 7 mouths to feed and a small budget to work with. We will make things last and do our best to have great lunches but, it is not something to fuss too much over.

Here are my few tips to a stress free School Lunch: 

 

Don’t look to the Jones’ and their Pintrest perfection!

Let the kids know that you focus on other areas of their life and that cute cut-outs are a special rarity that you can try to aim for, but don’t feel pressured to do it! Get inspirations sure, but, don’t sweat those small things. If you have time for it and the energy…buy all means! But, don’t let it be the standard that you have to live by, compare yourself to, and if you don’t achieve, you have failed as a mother! Be realistic! If your child is getting teased over what he is or isn’t eating, take it up with the teacher and nip it in the bud. Nobody should have to feel bad for eating anything! Some children only get rice and beans-some only rice. We are blessed and need to remember that!

Keep it balanced!

Make sure that you’re providing the essentials to good nutrition. You are the providers, if they don’t want to eat it…it is the child’s choice. You can’t force them, but you can provide well for them and encourage them with some variety. That way you know they are getting all the vitamins and nutrients that they need at school to learn with. Don’t feel like you have to provide the rainforest though. Some of those exotic fruits etc, are expensive and the kids don’t even eat it! Give them antioxidant blueberries instead. They are great brain foods. Opt for Kiwi for something fun!

Understand what your kids like!

One thing I always make sure I do, is make the kids eat their lunches when they get home for their after school snack-if they haven’t eaten it at school. Sometimes they are just too busy at school to get to it and I don’t want that food to go to waist. Other times, they are being picky and then I can monitor what they have/have-not eaten and keep tabs for the next week. This goes a long way but, it is not to rule over good nutrition in the end. Use your own judgement on this one. If your child is bringing home the apples, the sandwich and the cheese, yet eating the granola bars and small treats only-You know that they are just being picky!

Make sure supper is finger-licking-good!

I really try to make good tasty-homemade-clean-balanced-meals. They are usually full of salads, some pastas, rice, potatoes, corn, and good lean proteins! I also cook with a variety of ethnicities to enhance culture awareness, but also good health. There is a lot of nutrients in different spices and herbs. They need healthy meals for growth and I always make sure there is enough food for them to have more!

Thank God for His Provisions!

Not only do I require my children to be grateful for what they have received by me as a parent, knowing that I will do everything that is in me to provide good, healthy, and lovingly-prepared-for meals but, then I must also live up to that same standard. I must be thankful for the portion which God has given to me, in order to provide for my children, knowing He too thinks of only the best for His children.

Psalms 73:26

“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” KJV

So, what works for you? How does your schools fair? Are there any crazy restrictions that you have to face?


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When Mama wants to throw a tantrum too!

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Halfway through my day:

Moooooom!!!!!

I hate this! Why did you have to make homemade pizza??!!

You are so mean!

He’s touching me!

Mom, he spat in my food-I saw it!

No, I didn’t!

What!?? YOU want me to finish ALLL of my supper before I get that brownie? (After a 9 year old…has a 2 year old epic melt down and complete refusal of better behaviour)–Why did I lose my brownie….Make up for it by cleaning my room? You have to feed me you know!

Do we have to?! Why do you always make us go to bed.

I don’t want to brush my teeth!

You are the worst mom in the whole world!

Get in the bath-NO!

Get out of the bath-NO!

Brush your teeth-No!

Put your backbacks away!

WHERE????

Where they always go; In the side hallway–he chucks it in the main hallway.

No, you need to go back to the table and scrap your food off into the garbage if you are not going to it eat it.

Eat over your plate, not over the floor.

Sit properly on that chair.

Don’t just leave that bowl on the floor, pick it up!

Looking down the hallway, past the backpack, stepping over the bowl and try to hide in the bathroom.

Now mom losses it—-

WHO PEED ON THE TOILET SEAT AGAIN and DIDN’t flush the toilet???!!!!!

Tears started to break and the thought of, ‘What’s the use’ came to my mind. Defeat. Anguish. Tired.

Mom! Where are you?

As I sat back down on the slippery toilet seat, locking the door and desperately trying to think of something good, thoughts of the laundry clouded anything else and the impending workload still screamed at me—CLEAN ME—FOLD ME—PICK ME UP OFF OF THE FLOOR FOR THE 5th TIME TODAY! Re-wash the clean clothes they have been put in the dirty clothes.

Knock, knock, knock—mom, are you in there-I want a drink!

The bathroom floors pleaded with me to sweep them again though, they collect more dirt than I can sweep away.

I didn’t want to leave that bathroom. Yet I did.

Go to bed-No!

Fight to put PJ’s on. Tuck them all into bed. Sit down.

Silent, finally!

For five minutes.

THUD, THUD.

Good night, go to bed!

Hahhaeeeehheee. Jump-THUD.

MOOOOmmmmm! He’s out of his beeeeddd!

Screeammming echoed the upstairs and ran down the hallway-GIVVVE IT BACK-give me that toy-IT”S MINE!!!

Back upstairs, put them to bed again and started to clean up the night dishes…pointless to sit down.

One hour later and completely exhausted, the kids not listening and still not going to bed–

it is 10pm and I have not yet had my down time!

HELP ME!

I WANT TO HAVE MY OWN TANTRUM!

I WANT MY OWN MELT-DOWN!

Have you had any days like this one?

I have them constantly and I am amazed I am still going. Really!

I have seriously wanted to run away. I have been so upset, I couldn’t even handle my husband giving me a hug. I have literally almost ran out the door one day and have had such bad migraines that the clanking of a fork on a plate hurt my ears. I practically LIVE Mom’s Night Out
!

I have 5 children under the age of 9 years old now. So, my days might seem rougher than yours, easier than yours, or, busier than yours. But, we all have our limits and weaknesses. Children-often times-are mine, as I am sure it is for most moms 😉

So what do we do?

Give in?

Give up?

Be fake?

Try to announce to ourselves the great blessings we have, all the while cringing our teeth under our breathe and counting down the days they never live with us again, lol!

NEVER!

What we need to be doing, is falling on Jesus and giving him our cares for He cares for us.

He knows what it is like to be used, abused and rejected from His children. His children even ended up killing him. Yet, He was broken for us, bled for us and eventually died for us!

The least we can do, is do what He asks us and love our children. This is in the bible as a reminder to us because we need it! We need to be reminded on days like I had/have, that I need to love my children like Christ loved His children.

Love is not always gushy, gushy feelings, but is an action. It is not hate, either. It is the fruit of the Spirit: faithfulness, kindness, long-suffering, gentleness and self-control!  These will keep us in our darkest days!

So search the scriptures and remind yourselves of all that Christ did for us while we were yet sinners and love your children as He also loves His children!

Pray and lay down your burdens on Him. He listens and He Cares like any good Father would!

And…

Know, you are not alone in this crazy life of Mothering. I am with yah girl.

Keep going! Be strong and love God!

Titus 2:4

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,” KJV


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I have been thinking a lot about stewardship and it doesn’t come as a surprise because right now for me, in Canada…It is tax season!

Many people think of stewardship towards items, purchased goods and maybe they go to the extent of their time or people. Seldom do we like to attribute the word stewardship with money, let alone, Taxes!

Taxes take up so much time and stress but, I have come to realize that some people handle the time and stress in very different ways. If you have one job, than you easily file your taxes with your T4’s and away you go. The biggest complaint here is having to pay a fee. Some people have opted in getting their own software and filing it through that and again, away they go! Now, for those who are self-employed, contracted out (another way of being self-employed), business owners, entrepreneurs, those that have to work and are trying to pursue their dreams–who need to claim in both areas…this is a nasty job at best!

Receipts get piled up in a box somewhere; Some people don’t even do their taxes for fear of having to deal with the issue, for up to five or six years. Those who are self employed, do not want to even think of how much they owe at the end of the year despite all of the eating out, gas, and other expenses they tried to buffet that dollar balance.

Here are a few tips I encourage you to try and help you give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and not be stressed in the future!

#1–Do your Taxes!

This sounds obvious, but it is not! Look for a good registered tax person that a friend recommends and pay them to do it, instead of the government in 4-6 years after the penalty fee they will slap you with at the end of the year.

#2–Organize those little flyaway papers!

Instead of throwing receipts, invoices, and all related paper work into one box and have to sort it out at the end of the year. Have large (cheap at the dollar store) envelopes in a box. Label each one with a black marker: Food, Gas, Bills, Etc. You are already throwing them into the box…you might as well take the one second extra to throw them in to their proper envelope. This makes it easier for the tax person and might save you money in the long run. Or, easier for you to do at the end of the year!

This tip is also great for those who have two types of business and own a house or something to that extent. You can categorize each envelope for each business and that really helps!

#3–Make money with your money instead of paying for it!

This is my best tip! If you don’t do anything else, do this!

If you are self employed or own a business, you need to think about that end-pay-back for your taxes. Putting it off doesn’t do anything beside give you more grey hairs! Along with your tithe which is typically 10%, move over 10% of your income as you receive, into a seperate savings account. This will be a huge benefit to you! Not only will it pay for your taxes and maybe some more, but if you invest this money into a TFSA, you can earn dividends on it as a Mutual Fund and then pull that money out at the end of the year to give to your taxes. Have that money work for you!!!

To me, this is a better solution than waiting 3-5 years and having to pay the tax person double?

Mark 12:17

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” KJV


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