Friday, April 27, 2007
Yesterday I was thinking a lot about 'stuff' and how there are so many things that I would love to have. Then I stopped, and just thought about how much I already have, and what am I doing with it? I realized that I need to be more thankful, because thinking about it too long makes me jealous of those who have more than me, and makes me want things that I don't need.
This morning I was reading in the book of James. Here's a bit of what I read, that I want to share with you:
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture ways without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
I could go on, but you get the point. Our motivation so often turns out to be selfish. Not cool! So, today I want to post a few ideas that help us to SAVE money, so we can help those around us, and be good stewards of our money, instead of using it selfishly.
My first thought was hanging my laundry out to dry. This is something my mom usually did when I was a kid, and I always loved the smell of those air dried clothes! My husband is also pretty good about reminding me how much it costs to use the dryer! (Love you Keith!!) It really is a very economical thing to do. And really easy. It just takes a little extra time out of my day. Another bonus; your clothes won't shrink!!
The second thing I thought of was garage sales. Not only buying things at them, but selling stuff too. Ever need a few extra $$ for something? There are probably many things in our homes that we rarely use, if ever. So, why not sell them in order to buy that new thing you have your eye on? Or, give the stuff or the money to someone who needs it more than you?
These are my thoughts for the day. If anyone has more ideas, feel free to post in the comment section. Or, if you blog about this, let me know by leaving a comment. Thanks!! Have a frugal day!
Posted by Stacey at Friday, April 27, 2007