Just like everybody else the economy has had an effect on us. Don't get me wrong, we are doing fine. We aren't exactly rollin' in the dough but God is good and faithful to provide for every need! The failing economy has more been a reminder of the frailty of this world and what it has to offer. We have been more determined to be content with what God has given us and realize how blessed we are and to give, get rid and live simply.
We are already on a tight budget but instead of thinking, "I can't go to _________" and "I can't buy ____________" I am learning that "I don't need to go to _____________" and "I don't need to buy____________". I already have so much! I have stopped going LOTS of places. I stay at home a lot. I have more time to spend with my kids, my husband, and with my blog of course=) It allows us to use the money more wisely on things that we need and that matter.
I love trying to make our home a safe place and a place we can really call home but I am slowly learning how to do it without having to go to the store to buy something for it. We've been selling some of our furniture on Craigslist - our little house was too crowded, besides that, we are about to have another little one to add to the bunch. We've been purging our old books and clothes - we don't need them.
We've really been inspired by Francis Chan. He is a pastor in Simi Valley, California who has decided to live a life of example, humility, and generosity. His family of 6 lives in a 1000 sq. ft. house and lives on as little as possible so they have more to give to the church and to missions. He's written an incredible book that I am beginning to read called Crazy Love. You can read Josh's review of the book HERE.
Wow, I want to live like that. I say I don't care about worldly possessions but do I really live like that? Bottom line, I just want to be willing to live the life God has called me to live and fall more in love with Him. For me, that means getting rid of excess things in my life that are distracting to me and changing my mindset to see that I don't have to have tons of money to give, but to find other ways to give like God has commanded us to do.
What is it for you?