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  Are you struggling with feeling unqualified or like you are failing in some area of your life? Don't miss this post, where Ruth talks about how to give yourself a little grace, and then to look for a way to use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses! #livingwellspendingless #motivation #inspiration #loveyourlife
Several years ago, on a whim, I signed my husband and I up for a Financial Peace University class, having heard good things about this Dave-somebody-or-other. My husband, having never heard of the guy, was not all that thrilled.

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“I’m not going to learn anything I don’t already know,” he said.

And the truth is, he was probably right. My husband is very good with money. He has done well for himself over the years, worked hard and saved and made smart investments. He is exactly what all of us should strive to be.

I, on the other hand, am not. In fact, for most of my adult life, I have been kind-of a disaster when it comes to money. I spent money I didn’t have, didn’t know the first thing about budgeting, and spent way too much time at Target.

In fact, the reason I started writing Living Well Spending Less in the first place was not because I was some kind of money-saving expert, but just the opposite. I needed a way to hold myself accountable.

And so I explained to my husband that we weren’t taking the class for his benefit, but for mine. I wanted to finally get a grip on my finances. Our finances.

Luckily for both of us, he finally agreed to go, and we soon discovered that while Chuck is good with money, as a couple we would never be able to get ahead until we were on the same page with money. We needed to be striving for the same goals.

Are you struggling with feeling unqualified or like you are failing in some area of your life? Don't miss this post, where Ruth talks about how to give yourself a little grace, and then to look for a way to use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses!

For the first time ever, we were able to talk about money without fighting, and we were eager to make things happen. Like determined little “gazelles,” we began working our way through the Baby Steps, establishing an emergency fund, making plans for the future, and then, even paying off our mortgage.

As it turns out, that Dave guy had some pretty good advice.

Not long ago I listened to a podcast that was talking about grace, and about how God always uses flawed people to do his work because, quite frankly, perfect people don’t exist. We are all flawed in some way. We all have things we excel at, and other areas where we fall short.

But sometimes it is our weaknesses that allow our strengths to shine.

And sometimes God uses our greatest weaknesses to showcase His own strength. Our failures are His opportunity to shine.

I love this idea, because in my own life, I have certainly seen it firsthand! I am probably one of the most unqualified people to ever give financial advice, but I do know what it is to struggle with money.

As such, my money saving tips usually come straight from the trenches, from a place of “here’s what worked for me—it might just work for you,” and NOT from a place of “I’m the expert—let me tell you what you are doing wrong.”

And while there is always a time and a place for experts, I think a lot of the time what most of us are hoping for is a friend to say, “I’ve been there too.”

Susan Gale once said “Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weaknesses.” Along those same lines, Shusako Endo wisely says that “Every weakness contains within itself a strength.”

In other words, the areas where we struggle most are often where we find the biggest opportunities.

My challenge for you, if you are struggling with feeling unqualified or like you are failing in some area of your life, is to, first of all, give yourself a little grace, and then to look for a way to use your strengths to overcome your weakness. What is something that you are really good at, that you could apply to area where you are falling short?

No one is good at everything, but we are all good at something! Use what you have, right now, in the best way that you can. You might just be amazed by the results.

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5 Comments

  1. Vicki Lossow
    October 25 at 07:07AM

    You and your blog have been the biggest blessing to our family this past year. Can not wait to see what the future holds. Thank you for all that you and your wonderful staff do.

  2. October 26 at 04:00AM

    Loved this post! This is what I try to do with my blog. I might not be an expert on eating disorder recovery -heck, I wouldn’t even say I’m completely recovered!-, but I know first hand what it’s like and an example that there is hope even coming from the darkest places. You’re right. People don’t want experts, they want friends, they want people to whom they can relate. Approachable people, not some kind of superstars.

  3. October 31 at 05:33PM

    Great post! You’re right, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. It’s easy to get ourselves stuck focusing on those weaknesses, but they can actually help us to find strengths that we didn’t know were there.

  4. Ashley
    November 1 at 04:28PM

    Great post! I have been working on getting a blog up with services up and running. The problem I keep running into is that I don’t always feel like I’m qualified in that area. The only qualifying factor I have is that I love numbers and Excel is my best friend. I have used my skills to help my family members get their budgets under control and start working there way out of debt.

  5. November 16 at 07:16AM

    This is a great encouragement. Whether it’s finances, parenting, hard relationships, or building a blog and business – this applies. Thanks for your honest writing.

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