Do you ever find yourself in a financial pinch? You know where you have to watch every penny you spend? You analyze every purchase, do I really need this or is it just a want? There have been times in my life where the cash just hasn’t been flowing and that’s where I am right now.
I’m not sure if I’ve grown in my trust that God will take care of me because he’s done it before, but I’m not panicking. Now don’t get me wrong we aren’t in jeopardy of losing our house or cars or we’re not in a place where we don’t know where the next groceries will come. But I’ve learned some things about myself through this time of difficulty.
1. I’ve learned that it will all work out. Each day I have exactly what I need. Hmm.., I think Jesus says something about that. “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own.” I’m learning to walk in Him one day at a time and when I truly allow myself to do that there is such a peace. I do NOT have to figure everything out and He gets to work.
2. I can be very creative in times of financial difficulty in ways that I’m normally not. On a normal week we might eat out a couple times. Now I have to create meals from scratch with things I have at home. I even did something last night that I haven’t done in a LONG time, actually my husband and I did. We made cookies. Now I don’t like to make cookies a lot because I will eat them and sugar and me don’t get along real well. We are going camping this weekend and I needed some inexpensive snacks. I had everything I needed in my cupboard to make 3 different kinds of cookies as well as brownies. And my husband and I got to bond while spending an hour cooking together.
3. I’ve learned I live much more intentionally. I think ahead, I plan, I don’t just let life happen. I don’t just go through the motions. I’m just much more aware. I don’t just buy things without thinking about every purchase.
I would consider these three things blessings and gifts from God for which I am very grateful. Sure there a moments when I want to throw a two year old hissy fit, but as a general rule, I’m choosing to see this as a good teaching time for me. How about you, do you find your trials are ever cloaked in blessings?
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