In the cabinet under my bathroom sink stand five bottles of cream oil body lotion, with shea butter, for extra dry skin. (Thanks to Texas weather, that definitely describes my skin!) The lotion was on sale in my favorite department store – clearance priced with a $5 card for buying four bottles, which made it an even greater bargain. Bottles of this lotion now stand next to my bed, my rocking chair, and the bathroom. No more chasing one bottle of lotion all over the place – luxury!
I rubbed some on my hands, arms and neck before sitting down to type this post. The fragrance envelopes me like the finest perfume – at least for several minutes before it fades. Scent is calming to me, and I have not purchased perfume for more than five years. But my loving heavenly Father gave me a six month supply of a most comforting scent for a miniscule fraction of the regular cost.
God consistently, faithfully leads me to bargains like the lotion. It is always like a loving pat on my head. “See Freda. I am taking care of your every need, and I know every detail of your life.” I bought five boxes of stuffing mix (which I love) for 81 cents, instead of the regular $1.15 in the same department store in January. And the list could go on, with innumerable examples from the 34 years I’ve known Jesus.
Do I ever tire of having to be frugal? After all, I’ve had no choice for most of my adult life and that’s getting to be a lot of years now. Do I ever get sick of having not so much that the haves do? Of course! I am fully human, believe me. But to keep the bitter roots of envy, resentment and jealousy from taking root, I do several things.
- Keep a heart of true gratitude and express that to God continually.
- Avoid malls, catalogs, television, and anything else that revolves around materialism
- When I do succumb to wistful longing (usually about something I wish I could get for my family), I talk to God about it, add 10 things to my gratitude list, and take extra care to guard my heart.
I am far from perfection, but like the song by the group Selah says,
“In Jesus’ name, we press on.
Dear Lord with the prize, clear before our eyes,
we find the strength to press on.”
Why set my heart on earthly things, more fleeting than morning mist, when I can store up treasures in heaven? Unseen treasures – like love, joy, peace, and gratitude – are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:18)
P.S.: Yes, I know the sketches are by no means professional but I am enjoying doing them. And who knows, if God helps me improve, we can watch the progress together!!