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Over the last year or so I have been trying not to shop as much. I have been trying to just buy the needs of our home not the wants. This is not easy for me and it is something that I have to pray about all the time. As I sit and drink my coffee and ponder over the last year and how the Lord has worked in my life is amazing. I can't remember the last time I went shopping, I can't even remember the last time I had the desire to go shopping. It has taken me a long time to realize that there is a bigger picture. In my heart I don't feel that it's right to pray about finances and ask to be guided in that area and then go and spend fifty dollars a month on getting my nails done, I needed my action to be towards my daily prayers and the Lord has blessed me by doing so. The other day my husband broke our lamp(by mistake)and I thought to myself OH~~~~I get to go buy a new lamp because this one broke, needless to say I was kinda excited about shopping for a lamp because after all it was a need. Well the Lord reminded me of my prayers and after a week of looking at the lamp I went to the drawer and got out the super glue and long and behold our lamp is as good as new.


Dear Lord, I want to thank you with all of my heart for guiding me in this new life style, I love it. I pray that maybe someone else will have this same prayer Lord and that you can guide them Lord in making changes in their life,it just takes small changes and then it becomes so big Lord. Lord I want to thank-you for our new roof that we put on our home, if my life style had not change we would not of be able to get our new roof.


Thank-you with all my heart


Amen



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23 comments

Hi Ginger....I read this and laughed b/c I need to learn to buy more. I still have the street mentality that fear that there's not going to be enough....living like I can't afford things when I defintely can. I think it's a tough lesson either way...to spend more or not spend so much. Hugs to you...Have a great weekend....

October 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Thank you for sharing with us this morning. Like you, I consider each and every purchase and most often decide I really don't need much at all.
I hope you will have a pleasant, Autumn afternoon Ginger.

October 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

In Christ, and through Christ, we are free indeed! Alleluia.

October 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I appreciate you sharing this with us. I know many women love to shop, and so sacrificing the pleasure is a gift to the Lord. May He continue to bless you in your sacrifice to Him!

October 9, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Ginger, what a blessing to read this today, This has been my prayer too, but have failed a few times, and I am so thankful, for another chance to do it right.
I Thanks for the smile about the lamp, have had similar experiences, after all I haven't yet caught anyone visiting looking at my lamp. lol
Thank you for such a heartfelt post, and for being such a gracious hostess on SS.
Hugs,
Sue

October 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Oh what a precious story, Ginger! I have the opposite problem--I don't like to shop!!! Pretty funny, huh? My mom thinks it is a defect..lol Although I do shop for materials for my art, but I try to get in and out of the store as soon as possible...I don't like to linger--just grab, pay, and go!

I'm so glad your lamp go fixed...that is great!
Have a "bright" weekend!!!
Love,
Cindy

October 9, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Hi Ginger,
I appreciate your post. After bringing up my boys, I had a real problem with spending anything on myself because I had rarely done it when the guys were growing up. Even now, I would much rather spend money on something for the house rather than for myself. I never did enjoy buying clothes for me. We're all different aren't we? That's makes us so interesting I guess. It would be boring if we were all the same. Something I always did though was pray before every purchase I made. Money was always tight so I had to learn to be very practical. Thanks for sharing and enjoy a beautiful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

October 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Thank you for your open sharing. As one who lives by faith I too have had to learn how to distinguish between true needs and wants. It's a hard lesson to learn, but a most valuable one.

October 9, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Oh, have you ever spoken truth here. This is a wonderful post.

Thank you.

October 9, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Ginger, I so appreciate your post. I struggle on & off with purchases. I do really well and go without for great lengths....but then when I do give myself the ok to buy something, I find that I splurge too much. This is a great reminder to keep myself in check!

God bless you! Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

October 10, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Hi Ginger, this is something that i'd been working on myself... to buy only the needs and not the wants. thanks for inspiring me deeper...:)

Have a great week ahead!!

Blessings,
Ruth

October 10, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Hello Ginger,
A testimony for me. I pray to always find ways to save money while raising our large family.. Thanking the Lord for friends who pass along dresses, shirts ect. to my younger daughters and son... Love coupons also. Have helped me with our food budget..


Blessings,
Virginia

October 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Good post. How our you doing with cutting back on those daily,fancy, coffees? Just teasing. I think. LOL

October 10, 2010 at 3:39 PM

When my husband told me that he needed, not wanted, but needed to retire at 55 because of his health we went on a strict financial diet. I had a sign by our door that read "Simplify, don't buy". It worked. At 50 he had a heart attack and was able to work the remaining 5 years, with God's help. It has been 15 years since his surgery and God has blessed us everyday.

October 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Love this post, Ginger. You have matured so much. I think shopping can just be a habit some times. I've noticed if I stay away from the stores that the longer I stay away the less desire I have to go shopping.
I hope you're enjoying your company.
Blessings,
Charlotte

October 10, 2010 at 5:17 PM

This is such a great story of exactly how my year has been. Yesterday I went shopping with my older daughters for the first time in months. I bought the cutest yellow plaid converse tennies.

October 10, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Hello Ginger, Good on you for putting a curve on your spending. The old wise saying tells us, Waste not, want not. if we saved all the money that shouldn't be spent, it would feed many hungary..
God bless you. CML

October 11, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Hi Ginger,

I love your change of lifestyle attitude. Although I tend to be frugal when I shop, I will admit that I love to go shopping. I need to start praying about this myself. I want my focus to be more on helping others than making on making my life comfortable. Thank you for the inspiration

Thank you also for hosting SS.

Jane

October 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Thank you so much for the lesson. I've in dire need of walking this same path - differentiating between a need and a want. Knowing that I don't need to buy everything that moves me. My house is about to collapse from the weight of all my 'stuff' and lately, thankfully, I've been way, way to busy to go shopping. I think about it and I'm thankful not to have the "desire" to shop.....

October 11, 2010 at 12:57 PM

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October 14, 2010 at 12:02 AM

PTL, Ginger. I'm right there too. I love your pic of the hats on the head. lol It is a strong flesh pull to shop for me too and it certainly adds up! I am trying to stop and the Lord has helped much. I now have to let all that money go to new house note so the boys will have a gameroom to enjoy with friends. The Lord wants us to have self-control. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

October 18, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I prayed that prayer many years ago and God did a powerful work in my heart. With time, when the order was right in my heart, He has now blessed me with peace to ocassionaly purchase lovely things for our home again which might not always be a necessity but are in the right order in my heart. They no longer have a hold on me and I often give many away as God leads as well as use them in our home to minister to my family in creative ways. God uses even the most natural and furthest from spiritual-looking things at times which always blows me away. Blessings your way today!

October 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Oh how I LOVE to shop---And I must always remind myself- do I really NEED this or just WANT this...

P.S. I do LOVE Gold Canyon candles--- a real treat to myself because I love the scents and calmness they give off....

November 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

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