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"What do I do when my spouse and I are not on the same page about our giving?
#3 - Connect Spiritually
Spouses are not always at the same level spiritually. When this is the case, there can often be a rub in the area of generosity.
One spouse may be seeking to grow spiritually and connect deeper with God through new levels of giving. The other spouse can feel alienated and detached from this process because of where they are (or are not) spiritually. The more mature partner may be able to pull them along the journey for a while, but likely not forever.
For the more spiritually mature spouse, think about what it would look like to be generous to your spouse. How can you invest in their spiritual development?
Perhaps instead of a gift for missions, you invest in attending a Christian couples conference together to connect spiritually. Maybe instead of a special gift to the church capital campaign, you invest in an overseas trip together with the church missions group.
I am not providing excuses to give less, and I know you are not looking for them either. But there's much grace in the giving journey – especially for couples where spouses are disconnected spiritually.
God knows your heart on this matter and your desire to grow together in the giving journey. Step back and consider creative ways to invest financially in connecting spiritually with your spouse so that you can advance in the giving journey together.
Any ideas you want to share?
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