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Does God Want Me To Attend College?

Hidden Nuggets Series #53 – “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” – Luke 2:52

College_StudentI’m wrapping up my series on college this week with a rather odd question, something that a high school junior or senior might be asking – Does God care if I go to college? Mom and dad sure have made it clear they think it’s important as they’ve been pounding the table for months to get those applications finished. What about God? Does He even have an opinion on college?

To those with no religious inclination this may seem silly. Why consult a higher power at all about a non-spiritual issue like whether to or where to attend college? I understand that line of thinking. However, for those like myself with a relationship with God it’s huge for several reasons.

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20 Flexible Part Time Jobs For College Students

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I’m continuing my college theme week with a look today at flexible part-time jobs college students can do to help them earn some extra spending money. As I pointed out in my last post, there are so many hidden costs of college for which students … [Continue reading]

The Hidden Costs of College: How to Manage the Incidentals

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My alma mater, Cedarville University in Ohio, has a favorite destination that attracts students each and every day while school is in session - Young’s Dairy in Yellow Springs. It’s definitely a hidden cost of college because I had no idea how much … [Continue reading]

Emotions and Investing Do Not Mix

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Today I'm guest posting and commenting at the personal finance blog Frugal Rules. Click the link below to read about why emotions and investing don't mix, including some boneheaded investing mistakes I've made through the years when my emotions got … [Continue reading]

The Problem With Infomercials, Televangelists, Mechanics and Pretty Much All of Us

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Hidden Nuggets Series #52 - “For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers…whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” - Titus … [Continue reading]

How to Pass the CPA Exam On the First Try

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Enjoy this guest post by Kim Fourman, aka Mrs. Luke1428. Back in the summer of 2012 I was studying for the CPA Exam. Every day -- studying my butt off. I'm happy to say that I passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first try and I now have … [Continue reading]

Why Travel Should Be A Must For Every Budget

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It’s 1:00 pm in the afternoon and I’m doing something so commonplace in today’s world it hardly seems extraordinary anymore, except maybe through the eyes of a child. I’m at an airport watching planes take off and land. Boring, huh? Except this is … [Continue reading]

The Joys and Rewards of Whitewater Rafting

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Hidden Nuggets Series #52 - “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures; For with You is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” - Psalm 36:8-9 As you read … [Continue reading]

4 Guiding Money Principles that Every Child (and Adult) Must Learn

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Please welcome my good friend and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Shannon Ryan from The Heavy Purse as she guest posts today. When I was 13 years old, my father began giving me "money lessons" while we ate dinner, and I had no idea how these … [Continue reading]

Repairs and Maintenance Landlords Should Complete Between Tenants

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As a landlord, I would love to keep tenants in my properties forever. While some stay a long time, most eventually leave - either by personal choice or through an eviction - to seek housing elsewhere. Whenever that time comes it’s the landlords … [Continue reading]

It Is Not a Sin to Buy a New Car

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Is it ever OK to buy a new car? You won’t find many people advocating that practice. Rather it's viewed as the cardinal personal financial sin. Anyone considering buying a brand new car instead of a used one runs the risk of being called a foolish, … [Continue reading]