Good Morning All!
My DH called this morning with the wondeful news that because of budget cuts in his school district, his pay is being cut, due to forced furlough days, by $5000 a year. My first reaction of course was some anger and dismay all rolled into one - but it has given me reason to reflect on priorities and what is really important. We have lived very comfortable lives and have had all of our needs and wants met, without me having to work outside the home for the last 25 years. We have truly been blessed by God and seen His faithfulness to us.
We will have to tighten our belts and now ask ourselves if what we want is truly a need or is it just a want. This will be good for us and teach us contentment.
And as it relates to McDougalling I think it will have very positive benefits too. We'll have the opportunity to clean things up in the food department. More potatoes, beans, veggies and fruit. Less packaged and bottled foods. For example: I buy the convenient quick cooking brown rice which is much more expensive than buying brown rice in bulk and cooking it on the stove top. I'll also start making my own Marinara sauce instead of bottled - healthier and cheaper. I could go on, but you get the idea.
So there is always a silver lining to everything, and I believe that the Lord definitely wants us to learn to be more content, creative, thrifty, and trusting of His will for our lives. All good things.
I would love for you all to share any ideas you have on thriftiness whether it's food related or otherwise - I think we could all benefit and help one another with this.
God Bless you all
Great post, Luv! If we would really think about this for a moment, I think most of us here would acknowledge we have been very richly blessed!
You mention contentment. If one has a strong desire for anything other than God, it seems to me that contentment is an unattainable state. I agree that being a cost conscious McDougaller can help us to be more contented with less (in regard to the money we spend) and surely this is a big benefit of McDougalling.
My tip is regard to drinking. It seems that so many people think they must have expensive drinks daily and I doubt if about 99% of them actually benefit us. For those who live in the west, my guess is that in most places the best drink is tap water. Here in China we drink filtered water and occasionally buy a bottle of water for 15 cents and then refill the bottle with our filtered tap (cheap) water many times before we recycle it.
My guess is that we average spending less than five cents/day on drinks (water and tea). It is enough for us.
In the USA it is very easy to buy the large bags of plain brown rice and cook it on the stove. I would not consider looking for something more convenient and more expensive! I am glad you will make some positive changes related to saving money and would not be surprised if you improve the quality of your diet and life by doing this! Perhaps you will have much more to share in regard to your thrift and benefits!
May Father bless you with all of the money you need! May you be rich in faith!!!
"6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. 11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6, NRSV)