Financial Freedom: Finding a Way for Private School
Ok, I’ll be honest, I’ve had a hard time keeping up with financial freedom posts. The reason behind this is because Financial Freedom is a long road so it’s hard keeping updates consistent. While going through this journey, we have sacrificed a few things and lost some things too like my husband’s job. However, we are still standing strong, refusing to be discouraged.
Before my husband and I even had children, we both felt that they would grow up in a private Christian school. Now, I realize this may not be for everyone, but it was and is for us and since I’ve been disclosing my personal journey, I thought private school would be worth mentioning. My oldest son is entering into kindergarten this year and my husband and I have been praying about which school my son will attend. At the same time, we are still having to deal with job loss.
I can tell you, honestly, it is very difficult to add on any extra expenses right now however, the same God who told us 5 years ago that we would send our kids to Christian school is the same God who knew my husband would lose his job. Therefore, since our God is not a liar and since he knew what would be long before we knew it, we know He has a plan to provide for us.
I know many of you would like to know the actual costs for something like this so I’m going to be honest and tell you. Right now, we are paying $130 a month for two days a week at a Mom’s Day Out Program. During the school year, we were paying over $200 a month for three days a week for our oldest son (our youngest is still at home). So, what is the private school cost? The school we chose is $4,000 per year. On a 10 month payment plan, that’s $400 a month plus about $300 in fees (per year, upfront).
It is double what we are paying now however, still not as ‘outrageous’ as some would think and considerably less than most daycare’s. Financially, we are still looking at coming up with an extra $200 a month for my oldest and then also at least $100 a month for my youngest if we plan to put him in Mom’s Day Out once a week. All in all, we are believing God for an extra $300 a month.
Remember, Deuteronomy 8:18, “But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”
Sometimes things do not make sense on paper, but God will make a way. It did not make sense at all for me to quit my job and become a stay at home mom when I was pregnant with my first child and our teenage nephew was living with us. But, I knew God called me to do it so I did and He provided for us. It also did not make sense for me to start a business based on coupons when I knew absolutely no one who was interested in coupons, but I did it and God is continually blessing this business.
I’m not talking about stepping out in stupidity here, I am talking about following what you know God has told you to do. If He hasn’t told you, then don’t do it. But if He has, then he will provide the means and the ability for you to get the job done.
I wanted to mention this today because I had a few of my friends tell me that they ‘wish’ they could put their kids in private school. I’m not a big fan of ‘wishing’ to tell you the truth. When I want or desire something, I ask God for it and I wait expectantly and patiently for it to come to pass. This was a desire of our heart years ago and we have felt the assurance of God every step of the way. Are we going to have to make sacrifices? Yes. But I will say, whatever sacrifices we make are temporary and God will restore all things we lay down or that which we have lost.
Everything does not look perfect on paper, but it is not my job to be perfect. I know what God has lead us to do and I know God will make a way for us. If you have something big in your heart that God has given you, do not let finances tear it away from you. Do not let the enemy discourage you. God knew your financial situation long before he ever put that desire in your heart and God will make a way for you.
Stand strong and be encouraged!