Since having to go on a strict diet of a budget, we’ve come up with some really creative ways to save money. All which are good, and I haven’t missed much of the conveniences that I’ve given up. Although I’m still craving my Starbucks Frappuccino’s every morning.
My mouth is watering right now just thinking of it !! I miss my morning splurge. I’d rotate between these two flavors…mocha or vanilla. I may throw a carmel in once in a while.
(Note to self: *Ask for Starbucks Gift Certificates for Christmas.)
I can do without the pike pass, which allows convenient travel to all things in the metro. It’s fast and easy…but costly. So now I only take it if there’s no other way to my destination.
I miss my PureOlogy…it’s great for the environment and for my hair, but I can’t afford it right now. So I’ve down graded to Pantene, which I also like a lot…but I’m not as much as a fan since I’m not sure what’s really in their shampoo. With PureOlogy, I can be sure that what I put on my hair won’t make me sick or harm the earth.
Okay these are all things I’ve given up in response to a budget…but the one thing I’m just really really missing is my Charmin or my Cottenelle. This is a necessity that really sucks not to have a quality brand…I miss my soft 2 ply paper. Even with this situation I am completely spoiled!!!
And even with all I miss…I know how much I have. Especially after a meeting I had this week:
Wednesday, I had an appointment with a National Charitable Originaztion, and was completely humbled. Knowing how spoiled I am…even in the dire straights I feel I’m in right now…nothing compares to those children who go to bed hungry in our country and abroad every night!!
How blessed are we that wake up every day to opportunity and endless choices? For some, in this world, have no choice to better their circumstances or situation.
When I was leaving this appointment, I saw an obvious down and out woman in the waiting room. She had a black eye and was wearing old sweats. I gave her eye contact, smiled, and left for my car.
In my car, I sat and prayed…”God if you want me to do something for her…let me know. I only have 13 dollars on me and need to buy gas and groceries with that money. I have nothing to give Lord.”…”I need this cash just as bad God”…is what my heart said. BUT who am I to question God? I took 7 of the 13 dollars out of my purse and walked back into the lobby.
This sad eyed woman, had the yellow pages out, and was asking whomever was on the other end of the phone, “Do you give financial help??…Yes I’ll hold.” She wasn’t out pan handeling on the street corner, conning others out of cash. She was in a reputable organization’s building simply asking for help.
I walked up and told her that God wanted me to give this [cash] to her, and it wasn’t much but it was hers. Tears flowed down her cheeks. She grabbed my hands, and thanked me. I didn’t know how to respond. I just smiled and said, “God bless you.”
That money wasn’t from me. It wasn’t mine to give. Every thing I have has been given to me from God, and therefore it was straight from Him. I should have spoken those words to her…but I didn’t. I am not good with words most days…and this was one of them. I simply hope my actions spoke louder than what my mouth could have. I pray she knows that God loves and cares about her.
This Faithful Friday, I know how blessed I am to be in the exact situation I’m in. Even with being stretched too thin…in a defecit, and needing more income…..
I know I have a loving family … a place to call home … heat to keep me warm … a job … and most importantly the peace of knowing that God will take care of me no matter what.