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February 16, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you braved the weather and joined us for part 2 of Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Spanx close the gap.
2. There’s a gap between what we experience and what we expect.
3. The #1 gap that all of us would say today that we have in common… the relational gap.
4. As the gap gets wider, the more disconnected you get, and the more dissatisfied you become, and the more discontent you grow.
5. You can’t expect in a relationship what you do not express in your relationship.
6. If you speak to your man like he is your knight in shining armor you might be surprised ‘cause tomorrow he might show up riding a white horse!
7. Fellas, you don’t have to go to Jared if you would just learn to use the right words!
8. Honor marriage and guard sexual intimacy.
9. Give-Save-Live Budget
10. What God wants for you relationally is intimacy. He wants the gap to narrow. You be the Spanx this week to make that happen.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our first Love Weekend – March 20-21!

February 13, 2015

Like A Good Neighbor, God Speaks To Me

I can’t seem to get over a verse that because of time, we had to gloss over in our recent Exodus series. Moses would often go to the tent of meeting and the cloud would descend and Moses would encounter God. The Bible says, “And God spoke with Moses face-to-face, as neighbors speak to one another.” Exodus 33:11 MSG

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had neighborly discussions. There have been a few times in my life where our next-door neighbors were special people and became close friends. There’s nothing quite like a warm summer evening in the backyard, casually chatting across the fence with amazing neighbors! And apparently, that’s how God spoke to Moses!

If God spoke to Moses like a neighbor, He wants to speak to you and me the exact same way. So spend some time listening because after all, like a good neighbor, God is always there!

February 9, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. Yesterday we started our fun relationship series called “Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby!” If you missed it, check it out here and get there next Sunday! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

1. Here’s the thing about Spanx, it holds it all together but nobody knows where it goes!
2. This is a series all about Spanx because Spanx hold it all together and this is a series about what holds your relationships together.
3. Beneath the Spanx, here’s what we’re really saying, “I got into this relationship to have a need met.”
4. Having a “meet my needs” attitude always leads to not having my needs met.
5. Selfishness and intimacy cannot co-exist.
6. Here’s how you know if your relationship is deeper than Spanx, this is the Spanx test… In our relationship, whose interests are number one?
7. God often brings others into our lives to meet our needs, but God always brings us into other’s lives to meet their needs.
8. Single People: Stop Looking For The Right Person, And Focus On Becoming The Right Person.
Married people: Stop Asking What Can You Do For Me, And Start Asking What Can I Do For You?
9. See a need, meet a need.
10. This is exactly how Jesus loved you – He put your needs first when you didn’t deserve it.

Married people who are not in a Group – don’t forget to return to your campus on Tuesday at 7PM to continue this conversation!

February 6, 2015

4 Easy Steps!

My friend Shawn told me the other day that his boss from work is coming this Sunday for the first time. When I asked him to tell me about it, he said, “It was easy! As soon as he heard the topic, he said that he and his wife needed that!” There’s never been a better Sunday to invite a friend because there’s never been a more relevant topic than relationships. You have friends who are looking for relationships, disappointed by relationships, or in need of help for their relationships…so why not ask them to join you this Sunday?! Somebody invite somebody!

Here’s all you have to do:

Step 1. Put the topic out there on Facebook and ask, “Does anybody want to join me?”
Step 2a. When someone replies, then setup a time and place to meet. I recommend going to a campus close to them…and picking a time that suits their needs.
Step 2b. If no one replies, then make a personal ask via phone or text or in person. Use the series to create interest or if they have kids, use the kid’s event as an invite opportunity.
Step 3. Text or call them on Saturday night to remind them and secure your plans.
Step 4. Help make their experience incredible by taking them to coffee or lunch afterwards and talking about the experience. Follow-up with an invitation to come back next week!

It’s that simple! Somebody invite somebody!

February 5, 2015

10 Reasons You Can’t Miss This Sunday At WEC!

1. There’s a huge kid’s event happening in Kid Kraze called TOP SECRET! Every Sunday is incredible for our kids, but this Sunday is extra incredible!
2. I’m talking about a topic everybody cares about: relationships!
3. The very idea of SPANX makes me laugh – so you will laugh a lot on Sunday!
4. It’s the perfect way to get your head straight for Valentine’s Day!
5. I’m going to invite you to something we’ve never done before. Gotta be there to be invited!
6. The message will be incredibly practical for every stage of life…including yours!
7. The opener is off-the-charts awesome. Don’t be late or you’ll miss it!
8. If you’re single, we’re offering speed dating in the lobby after every service. (just kidding!)
9. Everybody will be talking about it on Monday…you don’t want to be left out.
10. God has something to say to you about relationships, you’ve got to be here to hear it!

February 2, 2015

Sunday’s Quotables

Happy Monday from Katie, Stu’s Assistant. I hope you joined us for the conclusion of our series Exodus and that you are already making plans to join us for next week as we kick off Let’s Talk About Spanx, Baby!

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from yesterday:

1. Every Sunday is like game day for us!
2. I don’t know who this word is for today but I do know this – that God wants you to know that while He was good to you in the past, He’s about to be better to you in the future.
3. I think a lot of people love to talk about change but very few people like to change.
4. Everything you need to move forward in this new year is all found in one place… it’s in the cloud!
5. God is a promise-keeper.
6. It [worship] is our response to the Presence of God and by the way the presence of God is the only thing truly worthy of your worship.
7. We don’t want Your blessing, we want Your Spirit!
8. The one thing you need in 2015 is more of the Presence of God in your life!
9. Everything you need to move forward, everything you need to advance, everything you need to change, everything you need to experience God’s best in 2015 is all in God’s Presence – it’s all in the cloud!
10. When you’re connected to God and His Presence, you have everything you need.

January 31, 2015

Financial Freedom – Step 4 of 4: Eliminate Debt

Imagine your financial future without debt. Proverbs 22:7 says, “The borrower is slave to the lender.” You can’t experience true financial freedom if you’re in debt to others. Now that you have a plan, you’re giving to God first, and you’re saving for emergencies, it’s time to eliminate debt! Dave Ramsey’s “debt snowball” technique can get you out of $20,000 of consumer debt in the next 3 – 5 years.

– Begin by listing all your monthly debt payments in order from smallest to largest.
– Find a way to accelerate your debt payoff with extra money. This may mean cutting household expenses from your budget or taking on a 2nd job.
– Apply every dollar of extra money to pay off the smallest debt first, while paying the minimum payment only on all the other debts.
– Once the smallest debt is paid in full, take the extra money and the minimum payment you were paying on the smallest debt and apply it to the next debt.
– Continue this process until you are completely free of consumer debt.

You can do this! For more help and information, visit DaveRamsey.com.

January 30, 2015

Financial Freedom – Step 3 of 4: Save An Emergency Fund

Inevitably, as soon as you start making progress with your money, something is going to break! Are you prepared for the car to break down, the water heater to go out, or a trip to the ER? Most people take 1 step forward with their finances and 2 steps backward because of unexpected emergencies. Today, you should begin to save an emergency fund with a goal of at least $1,000! With $1,000 sitting in the bank, you can avoid future debt and continue to stick to your spending plan even when unexpected expenses arise. $1,000 might seem impossible, but here are some steps you can take TODAY to get one step closer to a fully funded emergency fund:

– Sell Some Stuff! Look around your house for items that you’re not using anymore. Clean out the attic and the garage. Now post those items on craigslist, ebay, or trash to treasure websites.
– Pick up an extra shift at work or odd job and make a little extra income to save for emergencies.
– Cut out an expense or two for this month and save that money for your emergency fund.
– Sell back unused gift cards and save that money for your emergency fund.

You might not get to $1,000 overnight, but over time, you can do it!

January 29, 2015

Financial Freedom – Step 2 of 4: Plan To Give

Now that you’ve developed your plan, ask yourself this question: “Am I really trusting God with my finances?” If you’re not planning to give some percentage of your income back to God, then you’re not really trusting Him. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” And Jesus Himself said in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Follow these 3 steps in order to plan to give:

1. Revise Your Plan. Go back to your budget worksheet and include giving to God as a monthly expense. Make it a particular percentage of your total income. The Bible sets 10% (a tithe) as a standard and a starting point for giving. You maybe able to start there, or you maybe need to work up to that percentage.
2. Eliminate expenses in order to give more. Ask yourself this question, “What can I cut out of my spending in order to honor God with my finances?” Cutting cable or entertainment or dining out is a small sacrifice to make in order to involve God in your financial future.
3. Determine to give to God FIRST! Remember, every payday is a test. Give to God first and the rest will be blessed. The easiest way to give to God first is to automate it! Go right now to watersedgechurch.net/give and set up a recurring, automatic transaction so that God gets what’s first in your life.

January 28, 2015

Financial Freedom – Step 1 of 4: Make A Plan

The first step toward your financial freedom is making a plan. Proverbs 21:5 says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” There should be no mystery to your money…you should know what is coming in and what is going out and you should be ready to tell your money where to go so your money doesn’t tell you where it’s gone! Here are 5 steps you can take today to make your plan:

1. Download a budget worksheet. I highly recommend using the free resources on my friend Joe Sangl’s website, http://iwasbrokenowimnot.com/tools/.
2. Fill in your income and every expense. Be honest about your spending! Gather old bills and bank and credit card statements to get the real picture of your spending habits. If some expenses aren’t monthly, convert them into a monthly amount and include them in your plan.
3. Discuss your budget / spending plan with your spouse and agree upon expectations of spending and saving.
4. If you’re spending more than you’re making, cut expenses or increase income. Those are your only two options. DO NOT continue to live outside of your means.
5. Determine a method of tracking your expenses throughout the month. Some options include mint.com or Davy Ramsey’s envelope system or a good, old-fashioned notebook sitting on the kitchen counter. It’s not important how you track your spending, it’s just important that you do it!