We are almost to the end of our second week (2 1/2 months to go!) of our no spend challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it has been so far. Yes, I know it’s only been two weeks. But usually the hardest time in a challenge is the beginning…before you get a routine down…before it is second nature to say no. Have there been things that could have, and would have in the past, tripped us up? Yup.
✔️Grocery shopping and errand running over lunch … we brought enough snacks to keep us content and also happened to get samples at Sam’s Club ..good timing.
✔️One day last week Paul forgot to bring lunch to work…he was given “Cook Bucks” to use at the cafeteria for something positive he had done or something he had caught that could have been wrong. Good timing again, huh? I think he would have skipped lunch because he is committed to this, but I’m glad he didn’t have to.
✔️Starbucks started selling their Smoked Butterscotch Latte. Yeah.. my favorite seasonal drink and last year they didn’t sell it at our locations for whatever reason. Wasn’t about to buy one, but it was a bit sad.. then my sister, Sara, so sweetly surprised me with an e-gift card. Excited to use it. ️
It’s those little things that keep us encouraged and knowing God is right there with us.
Another way I’ve seen God in all of it is how his grace teaches.
Our bishop preached a message a few years ago with the same title as this post. I don’t remember a whole lot of the message but the phrase, “Grace is a teacher,” has stuck with me.
Grace -the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (Titus 2:11-12)
As I read my bible this morning, I was once again reminded of this.
The same grace that saves us, teaches us. As I continued reading in books of the Bible I’ve been reading in for a few weeks, scriptures about money, giving, and God’s economy (much different than ours – give and you’ll have, hold tight to and poverty will come) started popping out. Not only did this reinforce and teach on things my family is working on… it once again showed God walking along side of us. That not only does He love us so much he saved us, He is also right there to teach us and guide us. And it’s so undeserving.
This fits in every scenario we walk through. If we are willing to pray for wisdom, study his word, listen for his voice.. he will show us what to do. His grace will teach us. He doesn’t correct or chasten those he hates, but the ones he loves. He knows what will bring blessing and favor to our lives, and sees the big picture that we can’t.
Let me know how you’ve had his grace teach you.. and I’ll let you know how my latte is!