With Thanksgiving nearing and Christmas right around the corner, I just wanted to share how God gave me peace regarding finances and gift giving this year. Although we have given many wonderful thrift store gifts upcycled into fun beautiful and gift worthy gifts, over the years…this year was different.
Our finances like many of you, have been TIGHT this year and I know that that is putting it quite mildly for some. Dollar Store shopping has become more of a common occurrence out of necessity rather than my more frugal “feeling” days. Yet, we have so much to be thankful for. Yes, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy..we are millionaires just to have a place to call home.
Still we must live our daily lives trying to make ends meet and TRY to budget for a less than extravagant Christmas this year. I’ve been feeling sad about that, but the reality is…some years are just like that.
We are not a family that has it all, by any means…but what God has given us, is truly a blessing and gift.
Proverbs 15:17 “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.”
Teens however sometimes don’t see it that way…Or do they??
The other day I needed to go to the Dollar Store and had my 14 year old daughter with me. As we entered the store she says “Uggg, I hope nobody see’s me going in here?” I just looked at her and laughed and said.. “everyone goes to the Dollar Store these days for something, so if you see someone you know, say Hi so they don’t think your stuck up.” LOL
We parted our ways as we entered the store….of course.. she had to go to the girly stuff section..after being there for about 5 minutes she comes strolling up beside me and says “remember when we were rich?” I turned my head and stared at her with a shocked look, because if there is one thing we’ve never been..it’s rich. LOL
She say’s “Remember when Dad would take us to this Dollar Store when we were little and we could buy WHATEVER we wanted?” “Yeeessss” I say waiting for the rest of the story..because I would like to remember the days when we were rich too! LOL
Again she says “Well we could buy WHATEVER we wanted here!” I tried not to chuckle and just kind of quietly said “Yes honey I know…this IS the Dollar Store you know”
“Oh ya..that’s right!” “well I remember being rich, when we would do that!”
Ok…need I say anymore…
Memories in the heart of a child are not built on how much money is spent…and we may well know that in our heads..but when money is tight and you wonder how it will effect your children, when the most you can do is go to the Dollar Store for a cheap little trinket..now you know…
We were RICH in her mind..even in the mind of a 14 year old…Hmmm God spoke loud and clear to me for sure..