So, its Frugal Friday. I am going to start doing Frugal Fridays. Biblical Womanhood gave the idea to me. She does them and in her blog today she even mentioned buying a house cash in 3-5 years as a goal. Lofty as that may sound, why not shoot big? They may seem too big, but I bet it keeps you focused. What a concept! Could we do it? Perhaps we could!
I am new at this whole money saving thing but today I went out with a friend. (She had to do some christmas returns.) I thought ahead and knew we would probably be at the mall. I packed a lunch for my kids ahead, knowing I didnt want to be at the mercy of fast food. Tired cranky kids make you spend money to keep them happy and not hungry. No matter if its chik-fil-a or not, its still not good for them and it still costs money. So instead I pulled out their yogurt and peanut butter and honey sandwich and let them eat away! What a concept. Why havent I thought of this before? Anyways, thats my tip. Stop there if you are just looking for a frugal friday tip. Heres when we get into my blog, the oddities of Sarah’s mind. lol
It’s a good time of year for bargains. I got a few christmas decorations, 75% off. At Lifeway they had nice ones for about 1.00 so we’ll put them away for next year. I dont like to go to the mall, but Bowling Green mall feels more mellow. If I must go, off to Kentucky I will go. I will try not to go though, I cant explain why Im feeling the need to stay out of stores, but I guess I will try. Money saving is just a great result, the real reason is deeper for me.
I have this friend, different friend than I was with today.. She said it well when she told me why she rarely goes to the mall.. ‘When you walk through the mall you have this general feeling of discontent. My hair isnt good enough, my makeup isnt good enough, my towels arent good enough, my sheets arent good enough, my body isnt good enough, my clothes arent good enough…..’ The list could go on and on.. And it does, in my mind…
There is a line from a song I used to listen to when I was an angst filled teenager. While getting ready today it played in my mind for some reason. “The world is an oyster, locked in a shell. You like the taste of it, can’t take the smell.” wow. When I look at it written out, it is pretty powerful stuff, even spiritually. I dont want to like the taste of it either!! I feel like shopping all the time, keeping up with fads, needing something new all the time.. for ME, its all part of it.. Stay away from the mall for a while, then go back, I assure you, its defiling to walk through a mall. Then there is the noise, the distraction, the advertising, it all gets too loud in my mind and drowns out the voice of the one that should be there all the time. The one that tells me Im beautiful just the way I am. The one that should be leading my thoughts, revealing my REAL purpose for being here.
Upton sings a song, its one of my favorites. “The world may think Im crazy when I dont run with them. But its just plain idolatry when God cant have all of me.” In another song, he says these lyrics, “Now Im paying for a one way ticket. On a ship that sails the opposite way.” Thats what I feel He is doing for us, we are to be sailing the opposite way. I want to want to sail the opposite way. I feel a call to sail the opposite way.
The scriptures tell me that Jesus is coming back. When he does, I dont want to be found holding hands with this world. Not thinking its ways are ‘cool’ or ‘in’ not trying to be in touch with fashion, not having to have new things all the time. Not liking the taste of it, not being a worldly Christian. We are different, we should look different, act different, talk different, THINK different.
Maybe materialism is something I feel the need to push through. I want to keep pressing onto the High Calling. I dont want to let anything get in my way.
Basically, my soul is thirsting for more…
In 2008 I want more of what this world CAN’T give me.