First, allow me to apologize for not sharing many recipes these last few weeks. I actually have a back load of ones to share with you all now. I have been experimenting a lot with bean dishes, making soaked, whole grain scones, bread puddings, and of course, I do still need to share my scrumptious “Mounds” candy bar recipes (oh so healthy, and oh so good). So next week I will be sharing many of these recipes.
I have been distracted with many different research projects for this blog that I am starting, so I have been in “research” mode. In the near future, I should be sharing some of that research with you.
The other thing that has been “distracting” me is frugal, nourishing living. As many of you will remember, three weeks ago, my husband started going to college. This means that I have to make sure I stay within my food budget. At the same time of striving to be more “frugal”, I have also become more and more convicted that I needed to be serving the less fortunate. These two aspects of my life, the need to be frugal and the desire to serve others and give generously need to find the right balance in my life.
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I find that some people very into being frugal are very focused on themselves in a sort of “self-preserving” sort of way. I see that it could also be tempting for me to fall into that tendency because Joel and I really need to have more money to even “make it” through four years of college. So while we are trying to figure out how to make this financially work, it is going to be tempting at times to pour all of our resources into ourselves. And what about savings, a retirement fund, or college fund for Elena? Good grief, we won’t even have any savings for a house now! There is always something more that you need money for. To top it off, some of the financial news of this week was not encouraging. My mother instinct kicks in, and I begin to want to save everything I can for my family. While something I want to be very wise in, fear of our economy’s health is not conducive to giving either.
Yet, that is not the attitude we wish to cultivate in our hearts. We want generous hearts, willing to share what we do have. It’s true that my budget is feeling the cost rises of some of our food items. It’s also true that we have plenty to eat. In contrast, so many people are starving because of lack of food. Parents are seeing their already undernourished children perish.
We recently went to a conference about the huge human sex trade that is going on, not only worldwide, but also in our own country, and in our own state. How can I sit back and not offer at least some little help towards hundreds of thousands of little girls forced into sexual slavery, many practically in my back yard?
There are so many needs, and I have such limited resources. But yet I know that my responsibility is to just do the best I can with the resources I have. I might not have a lot to give, but I can share the little time and money that I do have. I just need to make sure that I am being active in the ways that I can be. Hopefully next month I will be hosting a carnival, a more important carnival, which I hope will be used to encourage us all in living and eating in a way that enables us to give more.
Meanwhile, I have been largely successful in staying within my budget this month despite having to fit in several large online orders and spending some of it on one of Elena’s birthday present. I am happy with the progress that I am making in being wise with my resources, and am eager to be even more wise, so that I can give more.
Please stay tuned for that upcoming carnival, and meanwhile, I would love to hear more of your stories, and how you make it possible to be generous with others, while being frugal with self.