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Truly Debt Free

I remember shortly after we bought our first house, I would lie awake at night fretting about the mortgage. At the time it seemed like a ton of money. And the presence of debt just stressed me out.

Years later, we sold that house, moved cross country, bought another, and acquired even more debt. And that debt stressed me out even more. My prayer was continually that God would be gracious — in spite of our poor choices.

And He was very gracious.

Not only did He enable us to pay our debts and move back “home” to California, but in doing so, He gave us another picture of what it is to be forgiven, to have one’s debts paid, to wipe a slate clean.

While it’s easy for me to see the illustration in dollars and cents, it’s not lost on me that our journey through worldly debt has made Christ’s payment for our bigger debts stand out in larger significance.

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Ephesians 1:5-7

May you know what it is to be truly debt-free.

Feel free to leave your Frugal Friday link in the comments. And have a very Happy Easter.

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  1. I don’t have any debt right now except for a mortgage and that could be paid off twice over with the money that we have saved for emergencies, college fund or retirement. The piece of mind not having any credit card or car debt is very peaceful.

  2. I love this post. God is so faithful to bless his children. Here is our story of financial blessing. It came about from great loss, but God used the loss to bless in a way I know the givers would have loved to see http://snailpacetransformations.com/2012/01/20/many-passions-no-perfections-part-5-renovating/ Its not a saving how to money story, but it seems very fitting for the day.

  3. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

    This week, I wrote about what I learned about finances when I found my parents’ records in the 1940 census:
    http://www.frugalfollies.com/2012/04/what-1940-census-taught-me-about-saving.html

    Thanks so much!

  4. Amen!

  5. We just paid off our “bad debt” this year (with only mortgage and student loans left) and it’s been amazing! Completely worth all the sacrifices we made and continue to make to get there.

    Thanks for hosting. I’m sharing Uses for Leftover Easter Eggs (boiled eggs).

  6. I am so glad that I was able to know you from age 7 up to this time. I very much love reading your blog, still learning and seeing your love of OUR savior. Steve and I are both blessed knowing that.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I am so thankful for you, too! I know God used you and Steve to plant seeds. :)

      I had to do a double take to see who was commenting! Come to California!

  7. A truly beautiful message. We’re still working to get ours all paid off, but it’s reassuring to know He’s there with the debt that really matters.

    Frugal Friday for me this week was about negotiating rent.
    http://femmefrugality.blogspot.com/2012/04/negotiate-your-rent.html

  8. Your post reminded me of some of the lyrics to “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crowe.
    “He paid a debt He did not owe;
    I owed a debt I could not pay;
    I needed someone to wash my sins away.
    And, now, I sing a brand new song,
    “Amazing Grace.”
    Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.”
    Have a blessed Easter!

  9. hubby and I have often talked about this too. And last night our pastor preached from Hebrews and I am am more in awe of the GIFT given to free us from the bondage of our sin debts, the sacrifice made.

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