out of gratitude

  And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.  Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.  For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.  2 Corinthians 8:10-12

 When I saw Heather's grocery challenge last month it immediately stuck with me.   At first I just thought it would be a good idea to tighten the belt before Christmas, but through the weeks the Lord began to lay on my heart the idea of taking the month of November to give back to Him and in a spirit of gratitude for the abundance we have, to give the excess to others.

I don't have a well-organized challenge in place.  I just know that for the next month I'm going to pray and spend as little as possible on food and at the end of the month give what I've saved to others who have less.  I'll share it with you here as we go.  As always, anyone who wants to join is welcome.

Caveat:  We spend A LOT on food.  We have a house full of active teens and we believe in preventitive nutrition:  basically, you pay more now or later.  We choose to spend our money on whole, nutritious foods today rather than doctor bills and medications later.   For health reasons, we are also on a largely grain-and-starch-free diet which can be very expensive.  I don't say that to apologize, only to say that I'm not trying to have some amazingly low grocery bill.  I'm just trying to cut back where I can and have something in my hand to share with others at the end of this month.  So, as I post (which is rather frightening, to tell you the truth - during 30 Days of Nothing there was so much criticism for every little choice I made that I am not even sure I'm even in my right mind sharing this) I ask for grace and understanding.  

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.  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.  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.  So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part.  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 8:1-7


God bless and give you grace on your journey today.