#27: Why You Need a Budget (and How to Create One)

March 20, 2021

Do you follow a budget? Do you want to?

Today on the podcast we’re talking about the importance of having and following a budget and some ways we can make sure that the budget we create and use is based on Biblical principles and godly wisdom. But let me just say, what that actually looks like might surprise you. Hint: There’s risk involved in this brand of budgeting and it’s spelled F.A.I.T.H.

I’m going to be giving you step-by-step instructions for how to get started setting up a customized budget and access to various templates and tools you can use to help you get it done quickly and excellently while mastering this skill set. Sounds good, right?

So, if you know that it’s time to sit down and craft a budget that is realistic (and that you’re really gonna use), grab your journal and a pen . . . Let’s Go!

What you will learn in this episode:

  • The balancing point between following a structured budgeting tool and “flowing” in the Spirit when it comes to stewarding your finances;
  • A fun little story about “Guardrails vs Sherpa;”
  • The “risk” you need to take in your finances and how to build it into your budget;
  • How creating and following a budget can be a celebration activity;
  • A step-by-step process for creating a realistic budget and suggestions for how to navigate any hurdles you encounter as you put that budget into use.

Scripture References mentioned in this episode:

Galatians 3:23-27 —
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode

We talked a bunch about the Positioned to Prosper Personal Finance Series on today’s episode. To find the recordings and many of the resources mentioned, head over to www.revivetampa.org/ROCC and join the community. Then you’ll want to navigate to the Guides tab where you’ll find the Positioned to Prosper Guide waiting there for you. All the teaching and coaching sessions have been recorded and saved there for you, as well as the worksheets and instructions for the Budgeting Exercise we discussed on the podcast.

Electronic versions of the templates we talked about can be found here:

Traditional Budget Template

Slide Budget Template

Grid Budget Template

If you’d like to grab a course workbook for a nominal fee that includes all the notes, scripture references, worksheets and journaling questions, click the image below and you’ll be taken to the purchase page.

We’ve got our very next REVIVE Woman Girls Night Out coming up on Friday, March 26th at 7pm ET. We’d love to have you join us, Sis! If you’re a woman who is on fire for Jesus, making a sound for him wherever he’s positioned you, and wanting to find a community where you can be encouraged, equipped and sharpened, then REVIVE Woman is for you! Come see us over in the REVIVE Woman Community where you’ll also find details on how to join us for this upcoming GNO.

Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church’s website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.

REVIVE Church of Tampa

REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:

Live Services – Fridays at 7pm ET and Sundays at 11am ET

If you’re interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:

The ROCC: REVIVE Online Campus Community

About this podcast:

Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.

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