We were reaching the end of our ‘stored’ income and are already scraping the bottom of the barrel as it is. I’m talking, rolling quarters for groceries kinda tight! We found ourselves in a moment of despair, so what did I do?
It happened like this: One day, when my country boys were playing in the creek across the street, my youngest (aka Raucous) pushed the oldest (aka Rowdy) into the water wearing his one and only pair of shoes that fit him. Completely soaked and ruined – at least I thought at the time. It had escaped me in that moment that the shoes could be saved with a wash- however… at that moment
Now some of you know that I tend to breed little giants. Okay, not really, but almost. My eleven year old was just measured at 5 foot 7.
I’m telling you – that word was everywhere. The days following, every phone conversation with my friends – it was there. Talking to my Mom, it was there. It seemed that everywhere I looked, everyone I spoke to, there was that word, like a blinking billboard with a giant arrow.
Jen doesn’t wait, Jen..works.
I can, because this is the path I’m supposed to walk right now.
Your struggle is real for you at this moment, and it is purposeful in whatever the outcome will be. Just because it isn’t measuring on the catastrophic charts doesn’t mean that you aren’t hurting. Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned the “well at least I’m not facing that” type of rubric for counting our blessings in times of trouble. Counting blessings shouldn’t be a comparison to someone else’s woes.
Counting blessings is taking full inventory with a grateful heart of what you do have.
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One of my favorite quotes is from C.S. Lewis.
1. Be Thankful
2. Take Inventory
3. Make a List
4. Get Control of What you Can at This Moment
5. Budget, Budget, Budget
These are some steps you can make when tough times hit. Being patient for the next thing may not sound logical, but it could ultimately lead to your happiness. Just recently, we found out that we have a small extension in our crisis, so waiting was the right thing to do. God already worked this out for us, and the great shoe debacle was just a passing bump in the road. We learned that this had helped us focus on what we can do before the entire thing crumbles.
Hopefully these tips will help you when you are facing a financial crisis. I’ll be sharing tips on how we cut our budget in a few days, as well as how we are trimming our grocery budget with meal planning and grocery stretching techniques. I’ll also share how we plan for those big expenses on an irregular income.