So the year is 2016 and I haven’t blogged in 3 years! My new neighbour is starting a blog so she inspired me to pick this up again. Thanks Gloria!
In the last 3 years I have been learning many skills that I have used to become a fairly competent Budget Adviser for families in our community of Kawerau, New Zealand.
It all began 7 years ago with my prayer for God to help me overcome our lifestyle of having just enough to live week to week. I prayed for help to learn to manage our finances God’s way so that we could give our children the education they deserved and not just the one we could afford and He answered my prayers and sent me great resources to help me do just that. Somehow we were able to afford to send our children to school in Whakatane and one by one we followed through with actions that enabled us to pay off all our debts except the mortgage and we are slowly but surely reducing this as well. Although God also gave me the inspiration to invent something that has the potential to pay off our mortgage completely it seems the wheels on that mechanism must be quite a lot larger than the others we work with, as the timing for its production has had many delays. I will definitely keep you informed when I have something new to announce on that front.
So just to update;
Our son finished school in 2014 with enough level 2 credits to get him into the bike mechanics course he intended to do. However when he applied the course was no longer available in Tauranga where he had planned to attend. The alternative location was in Auckland which meant far greater expenses for accommodation and travel that it was no longer attractive to him. So after contemplating his options (using the Whanau Education Action Plan taught to us by Dawn Hill and her MOE team at one of our Whetu Marae courses) and praying for God to reveal His plan, my son decided to approach local bicycle shops with his C.V to see if they needed a Trainee. He chose about 5 that he knew of on Facebook and messaged them. Within days he got 3 responses saying “good on you for trying but no they had nothing available”. Then out of the blue he got an invitation for an interview in Rotorua. We were so excited that it was so close and that it happened to be the same shop our widowed friend’s husband used to run many years ago.
As we drove to Rotorua I was telling him “first impressions count, so don’t joke around, be on your best behaviour” and before he went in we prayed for open doors to his future and for God to be with him and help him answer any questions during the interview. I waited patiently outside until he returned followed by the female manager. They were interested in hiring him but wanted to check with me because he would be leaving home for the first time. Of course I was delighted for him to be finally doing the thing he had wanted to do since he was 10 years old. It seemed so perfect but it wasn’t until he got back in the car for our trip home that I realised how perfect!
When he sat down for the interview he remembered about first impressions and was very serious and professional, he was able to name all the bike parts shown to him and to demonstrate his experience with simple tasks. He answered all the questions honestly even confessing to be better with his hands than written work and to have recently been tested for epilepsy after some fainting spells. I thought for sure that would put them off! But the manager’s brother has epilepsy, so if it turned out that he had it too they would work around it!!!
Then one of the interviewer’s stopped and looked at him and said “Are you always like this?” My son got worried and wondered what he meant. “Are you always this serious? I don’t think you are” My son was looking around for the prank camera because everything had gone so well it must have been a set up and now the jig seemed to be up, they knew more about him that he had told them. The guy smiled and said “I think you’re a bit of a clown” My son replied “yeah I like a laugh and I can be a bit of an idiot sometimes” “Well that’s good” replied the guy “because everyone in this shop is a bit of an idiot and you have to be an idiot if you want to fit in here, it’s good if you can make the customers laugh they’ll come back” I couldn’t believe he said that! No one but God could have chosen a more perfect job for my son who loves making people laugh. I was amazed!
So he got the job and left home and he’s now earning more money than me!
Also in that time our daughter went from being in trouble at school and running away to becoming an amazing youth group leader and achieving Merit level academic results and this year being elected Deputy Head Girl at her school and a week ago her Aunty gave her a car for when she moves to Tauranga next year to begin her Primary Teacher Training. Amazing!!!
So although we are not so flush that we can afford to renovate the way we’d like without borrowing, our finances have never been better. And, even if we do borrow to renovate we will still only have the mortgage debt.
None of my clients at the Budget Service are as fortunate yet but I’m praying for them too :).
Feeling truly blessed as I recount these few wonderful memories from recent years.
Feel free to comment or message about anything I’ve written. Thanks for reading.