Michael Carroll

Common Money Mistakes

I have found that most people make the following mistakes when it comes to building wealth or accepting money

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into their lives: 

They never make having abundance a necessity: If you want something bad enough, you will get it.  Unfortunately, for many of us, we have decided on a comfort level in our lives when it comes to money.  We saw how much our parents made, we see how much our friends make and we get comfortable in that range.

Three Types of People

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I have identified three types of people.  Most people fall into one of the following categories concerning their generosity: 

  1. Takers 
  2. Keepers 
  3. Givers 

I have also seen the effects of these particular lifestyles on the results people get in all areas of life.  “The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God – harvests a crop of weeds.  All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!  But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.”xl 

Some Suggestions About Boundaries

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The next suggestion I have is to learn to set clear boundaries with people.  All too often in our relationships, or even in society, we generally fail to set boundaries and because of this we develop resentments.  This can cause us to treat others badly; not just the one who is asking us to do more than we want or can, but everyone in general. 

Prepare  Now

In the event of a disaster, you may be on your own for a period of time. I have experienced this more than a few times

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in the past several years. There was one time where the streets in my neighborhood were impassable for almost a week. There was no electricity, phone or internet service. The neighborhood was on our own. I’m happy to say that we survived!

Thank You Jesus

I was at the gym early this morning and I got to thinking about my friends. It brought me into a place

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of gratitude.

I’m not talking about those people that you know casually. I’m talking about those few good, close friends that know you well. They are there with you through anything. They stand shoulder-to-shoulder with challenges you never thought you would face. They celebrate when you experience victory! …

Introducing The One Acre Homestead

I am working on a new project that fits in nicely with Renewed2win. You can watch the video here: Introducing The One Acre Homestead.

Watch the introduction to The One Acre Homestead

Romans 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)

In another version it says: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)

The One Acre Homestead is a living classroom designed to teach you a better way to live.

We learn to walk by the time we are one; we learn to ride a bike by the time we’re six, about the same time we are starting school. We learn to drive by the time we are sixteen.  We get married, have kids and then retire.  We do this without learning about success.  I’m talking about real success.  Some of us may have learned society’s version of success and that is precisely why most people are unhappy and unfulfilled.  Of true success, we know very little or even nothing.

The One Acre Homestead is designed to teach you to live beyond your comfort zone; to stop living paycheck to paycheck. You will learn to stop working a job you hate to buy things you don’t really want or need to impress people you don’t like. 

Learn to live with God and He make  2 immediate changes in your life:

  1. He will meet all of your needs. Philippians 4:19 (NIV) says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
  2. He will change your desires to match His.  Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says ”Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

He does expect you to do your part. You will need to work hard. Working towards a self sufficient lifestyle isn’t suited to someone with little self discipline. You will also need faith. You must have the faith that believes the promises of God are true.

Living the One Acre Homestead lifestyle will lead to many exciting changes in your life. You will have: 

  1. Independence. You will break free from society’s stranglehold on your happiness, peace and joy.
  2. Health. You will become healthier as you do the work necessary to live this lifestyle.
  3. Preparation. You will expect the best but be prepared for the worst.
  4. Wisdom. You will have a clarity of mind that you have never experienced before.
  5. Spiritual Growth. You were not created to be sitting in a cubicle all day.
  6. Glory to God. You will show a lost world how God works in your life if you let Him.

As the social, economic and political structures that have controlled our lives for so long seem to be crumbling all around us, take heart. There is a better way. God’s way: Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV): Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The time to live the life God intended for you is now. Don’t put it off for another moment. Break the chains of the past as you build a bridge to the future. You will see that God truly does for us what we can’t do for ourselves if we let him.

Join me as I begin the journey of a lifetime on The One Acre Homestead because maybe everything you have ever believed doesn’t actually matter to what is truly real.

 

Michael at R2W

Two Forces That Work Together 

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There are two major forces that work together to shape your overall health and well-being.  These forces, applied separately, will not have the same effect as when you get them both working in your life.  They are the forces of diet and exercise.  I will talk about each one individually later.  For now, I need to stress the point that for optimum health, it is important to focus on both of these.