Why did I title this post Stone Soup? Probably because of the subject that is close to my heart lately.
There are so many areas in my life that I have yet to even begin working on. My whole initiative for change is to please the Lord with my actions and attitudes.
Lately, I have been truly convicted of another area that I have only given effort half-heartedly to in the last few years. Shamefully, I confess this to the Lord, and ask for wisdom in changing.
Stone Soup was the first post title that came to my mind when writing - LOL.. I have no intentions of serving this.. although it would be great fun, don't you think?
I am attempting to not only change the way that we live -( in dollar sense, but in wastefulness, time, and resources,) but also the way that we think. Beginning to think in the frugal sense is a BIG challenge.
I have met so many people that have "attained" this character quality, and I believe that it is so pleasing to the Lord.
Here are some situations that I have come across this week, that probably most people have lived every day, but it has taken me years of raising a large family to make the leap into savings.
I am not sure if it is because it is was easier the other way, or because I didn't want to make such big changes. Basically - bottom line - I was being selfish with our means, and lazy to make simpler changes.
So, for example:
Just two weeks ago, I declared to our household that I was NOT buying paper towels ANY more! ( I hope you are not laughing at me.)...
I am the Paper Towel Queen! I loved them, STILL do, and would use them for everything!
NOT any more though.
I have chosen the cloth, towels, shammy route.
This may not seem like a big deal to you - but think about this paper towel thing like your worst addiction. This was mine.
Think about 9 children, spills, country living -mud, sand, and all of the dirty hands and faces I see a day.
So, Paper Towels were the # 1 change here.
Here's the second! SPONGES!! ( NOW, I KNOW you are laughing!)... I love sponges. Probably because I love to clean.
Please understand that this loving to clean thing is really a GIFT, otherwise my life as a mom of many small children would be nightmarish!
So, the sponges are GONE! And cloths, brillo's, and etc. are here.
#3 Change - ENERGY! I have become the Light and Water Police! Oh, how fun this is! My family is trying,, we all are. Some more than others. Wastefulness had become a bad and unnoticed habit.
I am not going to make a long list on this post of all of the changes I am making, because they are things that you probably do every day, and I wouldn't want to bore you. ( I know, I know,,, that was a run-on sentence!)
But, here is my question - Will you tell me your frugal ideas? I would love to hear them.
I will post again on this great adventure. It is hard, fun, difficult, challenging, and purposed to bring about a more pleasing life to my Lord.
The Whole family is getting involved - it is contagious!
So, SEND IN YOUR IDEAS - Help!! (please
I have posted a pic of my daughter, Leah, as she sets up her daily Road Side Stand. It is precious to see her happy face when she makes a sale!