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7 Ways to Become More Content

Charles Spurgeon said, “If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”

Contentment is an attitude of knowing God’s plan for your life, having the conviction to live it, and believing that God’s peace is greater than the world’s problems.

Today, many are discontented – not because they aren’t doing well but because others are doing better.

Worldly goals are robbing believers of contentment. Lack of peace, lack of spiritual growth and doubts about God are warning flags.

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Lessons From My Dad on Hard Work

My father taught me the value of hard work. He set me up in the parakeet business when I was just 15 years old. At one point I averaged 1,000 birds per month that I sold to pet stores.

I later worked in the oil fields and gave my Dad my checks to save for me. It was dangerous and dirty work. But, I survived.

At the time I only knew to treat people right and make my employer glad he hired me. But, what I learned helped me get to where I am today.

I gained confidence.

I gained skills.

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8 Indicators You Should Work From Home

Do you dream of working from home?

Dell Corporation has a company statement that reads, “Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.”

Yes, traditional employment has certainly changed.

According to Kate Ashford, a Forbes Contributor, there are 8 ways to determine if you should work remotely.

1. You must be a self-starter, not dependent on others to meet deadlines.

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4 tips to raise your children to become financially independent

Third John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in the Truth.” Amen to that!  I would add my own corollary. I have no greater relief than to see my children able to pay their own way when they become adults.

We all want to help our children financially, but it is more important to teach them to become financially independent.

Here are some tips:

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4 Steps to Ask for a Raise

Originally posted on the Christian Post on February 17.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

 

Dear Chuck,

I’ve been at my job for a while now, and I know that I make a valuable contribution to my company, but I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise. Employers seem to be able to say vague things about the economy being sluggish and rush past any conversation that involves compensation. What does the Bible have to say about how to have an uncomfortable conversation about compensation? Is it more “Christian” to take a lower salary and give up worldly riches?

Stuck with Sluggish Salary

Dear Stuck,

This will be fun! Hopefully this will cover the questions you are wrestling with and give you some tips for seeking a raise so you will be on track for a healthy increase in pay soon!

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4 Signs You May Need to Switch Jobs

Tough jobs can stretch us and prepare us for the future. But Liz Ryan at Forbes.com says certain signs reveal when it may be time to change jobs.

1. If you experience stress that wakes you up in the middle of the night, or stress that doesn’t go away after you finish a big project, you need to seriously consider finding a different position in the company or a totally different job. Ask yourself, does this job require the best use of my time and talents? If not, begin searching elsewhere.

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3 Ways to Grow as a Freelancer

More than ⅓ of our workforce are freelancers, according to the research firm Edelman Berland. That is 54 million Americans who have an independent approach to their employment.

A person who does freelance or contract work is defined as one who works by the hour, day or job without a regular salary from one employer. Although it can initially be stressful to procure jobs, this kind of employment grants the freedom to work your own hours with opportunities to negotiate higher rates.

Leif Wolcutt at Forbes.com recently shared three ideas to double your salary as a contractor.

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Ever made a really bad decision? Want to know how to avoid another one?

In a recent article for Forbes, Chris Myers warns entrepreneurs to be careful about making big decisions when they are carrying a lot of stress. The acronym H.A.L.T., he explains, stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired.

He discovered that it wasn’t the amount of stress he carried, but the failure to identify triggers that released it, thus impacting his ability to make wise decisions.

Hunger: Whether physical or spiritual, check yourself. Are you hungry for worldly results, success or action? 

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Are you self-employed, trying to make ends meet?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2015, 15 million people, roughly 10% of total U.S. employment, were self-employed.

If you fall into that category I recommend you find a Godly mentor or team who will answer questions, counsel you, and help you grow your business. Find people who know the pressure of setting goals, meeting financial needs, and keeping the company growing.

Budgeting is key, especially when your income varies month to month. Don’t let the term budget frighten you. It will serve you IF you are willing to do a little work.

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Can You Afford Your Kids?

Originally posted on the Christian Post on January 27.

To learn Biblical answers to your financial questions, you can #AskChuck @AskCrown your questions by clicking here. Questions used may be lightly edited for length or clarity.

Dear Chuck,

My husband and I are talking about starting a family, and to be honest, I’m afraid to do it. We have the usual bills and some credit card debt, and whenever I see stories about how expensive kids can be, I feel so intimidated. I saw a story recently that said it cost “between $12,350 and nearly $14,000 a year, on average, to raise a child.” What do you think we should do?

Preparing to be Parents

Dear Preparing,

Your question raises a truly important conflict that we as Christians face: the tension between a worldly perspective and a Biblical perspective, and children are a perfect case in point. The Bible clearly teaches us that children are a blessing. Psalm 127:3-5 put it like this: “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

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