Living on a “toddler’s shoestring” budget

May I direct your attention to my menu at the top of the blog? Especially the Money Saver Sites.

Since God called me to be a Stay-at-home-mom, we’ve taken a HUGE cut to our income. Not only that, we were also called to go back to school. So now we find ourselves living off what I lovingly call a “toddler’s shoestring” budget. I was scared to death to begin with! I mean, we only bring home maybe a quarter of what we made while we were both teaching. (And if you know anything about what a teacher makes, do a little math and figure our budget.) It’s crazy! There have been days of hyperventilation, tears, fear…but in the end, I am bombarded with the same realization.

God led us here! God will take care of us here!

And He SOOOOO has! All of our needs are met! Occasionally we even have some of our wants! It’s all about learning to be good stewards with what we are blessed with (which right now, isn’t much!) 🙂

I’ve learned a lot from friends at NOBTS, and some wonderfully ladies and gentlemen from around the internet! As I find their respective blogs, I WILL add them to my Money Saver Sites link. I have lots of links now, not all are posted yet. So, keep checking back. If you have a suggestion that I haven’t posted, let me know. I’ll check it out for sure!

 25-26“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

 27-29“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.

 30-33“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

 34“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:25-34, The Message)

Just a Thought!
-De

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