Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Not-So-Taxing Realization

Last night, after finishing my Can "Finances" and "Peace" Actually Go Together? post, I sat down to do taxes.  Because it seemed like the right thing to start on at 10:30 at night.

Also, I may be a glutton for punishment.

I couldn't finish because we are still waiting on a W-2 that seems to have mysteriously fallen into the cracks of our great country's snail mail chasm system.  But I pushed on, just to get an idea of where we stood.  I was pleasantly surprised on several accounts.

I hope I was not dreaming.  Although, it is entirely possible since I started them so late in the evening and have known to nod off whenever any kind of mathy situations arise.  It took a lot of convincing before my daughter believed that 2 + 2 + zzzzzzzz did not actually mean she was learning algebra.

I'm just sayin.

But, back to the taxes.  We are getting back the least amount we have ever been refunded since we've been married.  Which is good because that means we've kept more on the front end of the paychecks.  But there is still that ecstatic feeling to know we are getting a refund.

Even though it was our money in the first place.  And the IRS has had use of it for an entire year.  And just now are getting it back to us -- without interest.  Welcome to the good ol' big government way of doing things.

Dave suggests that the very first step to financial freedom is to create an emergency fund of at least $1000 -- $500 if you make less than $20,000 a year.  Totally makes sense.  It also seemed totally impossible for us as we sat through that very first class.  If we hadn't been getting a refund this year, it would have taken us a very, very long time to create this fund.

But we know our God is bigger than our financial needs.  Our God is bigger than our financial screw-ups.  We serve an awesome God who has reminded us time and time again that there are more important things than overdrawn checking accounts (*sigh*) and homes that are ready to be foreclosed upon (*ouch*).

And that, dear reader, is a very very joyful realization.

What has God allowed YOU to realize this week?

Counting it all cent by cent joy,

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