Early in our marriage, Mary and I came to a bit of a revelation, but not without a challenge at first We could choose to fight and argue or we could pray and agree together. Disagreement is powerful and even of use at times, but even more powerful is agreement. The scriptures tell us that if any two persons will agree together in prayer they will receive what they are asking for. Our major disagreements centered on the fact that Mary was a “spender” and I was a “saver” when it came to our view of finances. Those two different priorities would often clash. Both views had their positives and both had their negatives. Serving in missions at the time meant that we had very few resources, but truthfully we can fight and argue when we have a lot of money, as well as, very little money. We had to move beyond who was right or who was wrong to prayer and asking God for His direction, discernment and provision.
At that time, we had lots of needs with two small children and it was necessary to come to the place that regardless of income level, the most important priority was to move forward in agreement. We discovered that as we sought the Lord first, He enabled us to see our partner’s view more quickly. He helped us to move toward wanting to bless the other rather than withhold and remain selfish. He helped us to see that our use of the terms “spender” and “saver” were terms of judgment and became negative to us. Rather, He gave us new language. Mary was actually a “giver” and I was a “planner “for future needs. As we began to pray and agree over our financial needs, we found a place of power. With fewer arguments or the fear of disagreement, it was much easier to work on a realistic budget and to stick to it. If you find yourself fighting and arguing more than praying and agreeing, try taking your request to God first and see how He can help you to find the power of agreement.