Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My morning cup

"But Zion said, 'The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.'

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...."
Isaiah 49:15-16a

My Morning Cup is where I post little sips of God's word for you and for myself, knowing it is His words that change us, that show us Truth in a chaotic world, that correct our perspective, that make the Enemy flee, and that last forever.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Anyone can give, anyone can keep.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44
We make so many excuses in our daily lives on why we cannot afford to give. It's really a heart matter. I started this blog while my husband was in seminary and we were living on a part time income, I was expecting our first child, and we had medical bills coming in from my recent cancer surgery. Anyone can give.

"In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people." 2 Corinthians 8:2-4

Fru-Gal is a blog that exists to foster the heart of giving. If we intentionally live on less and are content with what we have, refusing the urge to spend more on ourselves and refusing to accept the lie that, "I'm not in a position to give," we will have more money to give to those in need. It's a constant practice.

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

No, I do not need a cup of $4 coffee on my way to the grocery store. No, I do not need that adorable scarecrow decoration that's half off right now at Michael's and would look really cute on my front stoop. There's a gazillion ways the "I need more" lie creeps into my mind as I'm out and about or browsing deals in my inbox.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24

All those little purchases add up and I'm reminded of those who are starving right now. Those who are fleeing for their lives in Erbil. Those who lost their entire families to Ebola in Liberia. Those without the word of God in so many dark places. Suddenly, overpriced coffee and cute scarecrows sound pretty dumb and pointless.

"But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 2 Corinthians 8:7

Frugal living for the grace of giving. Anyone can give and anyone can keep. You're either left with eternal reward or scarecrows at the end of the day.

October 15th - National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Did you know that today, October 15th, is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day? Praying for all those who lost a little one too soon (we remember three babies ourselves, lost in January 2011, April 2011, and August 2013). 

 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

Friday, October 10, 2014

Resident toads

Each with their toad friends.
We have some resident toads that live in a window well in our front yard. Personally, I think they picked the wrong house to reside at... the poor creatures have become one of our kids' favorite play things. I find the kids touring the toads around the yard, making rock houses for them, and performing a variety of other toad games. I remind them to be gentle with the toads, that the toads probably do not like going for rides in David's monster trucks, and that they should probably abstain from kissing the toads! Here's to some frugal toad fun on a cool fall morning... and some good hand washing afterwards!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Fru-Gal Trips: 33 cent hats/gloves for Operation Christmas Child!

Hats/gloves for 33 cents and a doll for 69 cents (for OCC shoe boxes)!
Gluten-free cookies for 33 cents a box!

2 lb. bags of organic white rice flour for $2.29 each!

There is a Christian-owned discount grocery store in our area called, Esh's, that has a ton of gluten-free items for super cheap! I haven't been there in at least a couple months, as it is a little out of my way and, lately, I'm usually too tired/achy to make an extra stop after doing my normal grocery shopping (nine months pregnant and ready for baby to come)!

However, I decided to make a special trip to Esh's this afternoon to see if I could stock up on gluten-free snacky items, for when the baby is born and we are in survival mode with grab-and-go eating. Not only did I walk out of the store with bags and bags of great gluten-free grocery deals, I also found hats and gloves for only 33 cents each! They had a doll for 69 cents, too. I'm so excited as these are perfect for Operation Christmas Child boxes!

$5 Huggies diapers after Dollar General coupon and Snap app cash back!
I also stopped by the Dollar General on my way home and picked up a pack of Huggies Diapers. I used their new digital coupon for $2 off any purchase of $2.01 or more, and when I got home, I tried out the new Groupon Snap app to get an extra $3 cash back, paying $5 total after discounts for the pack of Huggies diapers. Not too shabby, and the Snap app worked really easily!