When financial crisis comes, we learn that God is our Rock.
Author Caryn Rivadeneira learned how to lean on God for ‘our daily bread’ in difficult seasons:
“It stared out slow, as the economy took a turn.. at the same time [my husband] started wondering ‘Is this really what I want to be doing anyway?’ Also during that time, I had two kids that were not covered under maternity insurance. Initially we thought ‘We’ll be able to pay this down.’ As our income started coming down and the bills started piling up, we started pulling money out of savings accounts and retirement accounts.”
When Caryn finally realized their family had no more money, she describes it as “terrifying.” Listen as she reveals her struggle and how she learned that “We have a God Who cares”.
Caryn and Susie Larson also unpack:
- Actively looking for God’s blessings and presence in hard times
- How the Lord’s Prayer took on new meaning for Caryn
- How financial strife can strain a marriage, and steps couples can take to counter it
- Handling money conversations with your children
- Seeking wisdom in tithing during times of hardship
- The parallels between financial hardship and the stages of grief
When her family was experiencing doubt and spiritual warfare, Caryn shares a simple prayer she turned to: “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” We can’t always recognize difficult times as blessings and mercy from God, but that doesn’t negate the truth that God is our Father and seeks our good. Caryn says we need to constantly remember our dependence on Him. “When we’re not desperate, we’re not looking.”
Caryn’s book is called Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed About God’s Abundance.