Martin and Jessica were making plans for their 10th wedding anniversary. They had always dreamed of a trip to Paris.  They were living a good lifestyle and did not think about putting money away for their trip.

In these economic times, they realized they would not be able to totally fund this trip.  Their children wanted them to experience their dream but were not in a position to provide much in the way of funding.

The house was in need or repair and the car needed to be replaced soon. They so wanted to go to Paris and just assumed they would be able to afford it.  They ran plans in their head day and night trying to put this trip together.  They used up a lot of energy planning.

They began to experience peace, when they decided to make the necessary home repairs and find another car.  While it wasn’t the same, they decided to throw a big party with Paris as the theme.  With this decision, they were able to sleep in peace. They then planned to put a little bit away each month and visit Paris on their 40th anniversary.

(Luke 14:28-30) 
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at TheRelationshipDoctor@gmail.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!