My Thoughts on Frugal Living

I like and agree with ideas on frugal living. Especially during times like these. I have checked out different sites on frugality and even have watched TV shows on spending less. Sometimes it seems like the cutting back can be taken to the extreme, but you don’t really know what someone may be going through or understand the reason behind their choice. I think it’s great to save and spend less where you can. Modest living is not only beneficial for the individual, but also others in return. There are a lot of small or even bigger sensible tasks that we can learn to do ourselves. Why not try DIY practices? Simplicity is missing in some areas sometimes because the grand often gets a lot of attention. One of the frugal sites I find enjoyable is The Frugal Girl . There are several tips and suggestions on there that are helpful. Below are some highlight points on the importance of these healthy actions.

Rainy Days: Like the wise ants store up for later, I believe it’s valuable to store up in our personal lives. Who knows, we just may need it when we least expect it.

Helping Others: Instead of spending money or using items carelessly or unwisely, we could use it to meet someone else’s need or desire.

 Embrace More Simplicity: Everything doesn’t have to always be so complicated, deep and big. Sometimes we need to learn to take pleasure in the simple meaningful things.

Discover New Things: Information about ourselves and others can be learned when practicing wise saving and making. Our imagination and creativity can expand in ways that we haven’t thought of.

Check out this video on how this woman lives her frugal life.

Proverbs 13: 11 “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

10 of My Favorite Quotes

Today I decided to do a quotes post. I’m a words person so I definitely love reading quotes and even reflecting on them. It’s something about words that speak what you’ve been thinking or experiencing. Words are like color on dark and gloomy days. They have the power to do amazingly wonderfully creative things. Words can speak life and they can be the warmth from the cold. Here they are!

1) We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

2) The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller

3) God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

4) The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.” – Unknown

5) ” Life is like a book with many chapters we call seasons. Some chapters tell the story of love, drama, comedy, mystery, loss, adversity, growth, disappointment, triumph, etc. Some chapters are dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting. The key to enduring, persevering and being hopeful is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a book or a chapter that seems too long. Some chapters may be sweet but too short. Your words, thoughts, actions, non – action and choices are the pens that write the pages in your book. Have the courage and faith to keep turning the pages, believing better chapters lie ahead. God is the author and finisher of your life. Trust. Listen. Believe. Grow in God’s word. Activate your gifts and talents. Be creative. Be kind. Be patient. Be faithful. Be grateful. Be fruitful.” – Diamond Taylor

6) When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall

7)  The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” – Myles Munroe

8) You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

 9) When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

10) Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke

5 Lessons from the Rain

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Today it’s raining here in Bermuda. Pouring raining! I’m glad that I’m nicely inside. 🙂  Well I thought of some lessons that we could learn from the rain.

1) Rain is apart of growth: Just like natural rain is needed for water and food supply, rainy seasons of our lives are needed for growth and development.

2) Rain is cleansing: As the rain naturally pours down and washes away things, so does the stormy rains that can help wash away the clutter; hindrances and other things that are no longer needed in our lives.

3) Rain is refreshing: Spiritual rain can restore our souls and renew us within.

4) Rain pushes us beyond comfort: For those of us that love to stay dry and warm, when sudden rain comes and there’s no shelter near; we have no choice but to keep doing what we need to do in order to get where we want to go.

5) Rain produces something: Rain is productive. Without it we wouldn’t see the beauty of our environment.

Thank God for rain!

My Current Gospel Songs Playlist

I love, love and love gospel music. I’m not ashamed to say that either. I was exposed to lots of it as a kid. It’s nothing like that JESUS music. That uplifting, soulful and in the spirit music! Here are 6 of my tops that I’ve been listening to lately.

1) Imagine Me by Kirk Franklin: I’ve always enjoyed Kirk Franklin’s music since I was a kid and could relate with them in different ways.

2)  Still Able by James Fortune & FIYA: This song is very encouraging and reminds me once again that God is still able no matter how things look.

3)   He Knows My Name by Francesca Battistelli: I first heard this song on Christian radio and absolutely love it. This song speaks volumes, beyond what I can explain how.

4) Dwell in Me by Shayla Woods: I have this beautiful song on iTunes and it just takes  me to that sweet worship place. I remember when I first heard it, I couldn’t stop playing the song. 🙂 So glad that I know Shayla and am very proud of  her and happy for all that she is doing.

5) Finish Strong by Jonathan Nelson:   One of those upbeat songs that will have you dancing on your feet. I’ll finish strong!

6)    I Win by Marvin Sapp: This is another song that when I first heard it, I ended up playing it over and over. A very inspiring song to listen to!

Music is very therapeutic and calming to me. What are some gospel songs that you are currently listening to?

My Top 5 – Spiritual Books I’ve Enjoyed

I enjoy reading all kinds of books. When we read we can learn a lot about life and even people. I want to share my top 5 spiritual books.

1) Bible – The word of God is the most important book that anyone could ever read. It brings me great encouragement, inspiration, correction and education. My favorite book in the bible is psalms, but I also like reading the proverbs. There are many topical stories and lessons in the bible that can help everyone with navigating through everyday life.

2) Divine by Karen Kingsbury

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This was the first Karen Kingsbury book that I’ve ever read. While reading this book, I was in tears at certain points. As an empathetic person I definitely felt the pain of the troubled woman in the story.

3) Breaking Free by Beth Moore

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Beth Moore is one of my favorite bible teachers! The words God speaks through her gives life and hope. Breaking Free taught me a lot about the different challenges and struggles many of us face in life and it also taught me about having liberty in Christ. At the time I was going through this study, it helped me realize,recognize and work on things in my own life. This book is a great book to read and study.

4) Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman 

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It’s something special about Emily P. Freeman’s writing. When I read her words a sense of calmness fills my space. I’m a good girl in recovery and I’m learning to embrace God’s grace.

5) Notes to Aspiring Writers by Brooke L. McGlothlin

         

      As a young and developing writer, this book has opened my eyes to what this writing journey is all about. God’s plan is the best direction to take. Writing is my calling and I’m learning to trust God with the adventures. I recommend this book to all aspiring and developing writers. This book has me going back to find encouragement that speaks to me deeply.

What are 5 books that you enjoy reading?

      

Underdog

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Always been an underdog. The one that seemed like they will struggle and always be at a disadvantage. Tried hard with this and that, but through it all I have been kept. I have broke down and cried hard many times. More times than I would like to think. And then all the cloudiness begins to sink. Some could see and hear my tears on the outside, but the pain was like something stabbing me sharp and violently on the inside. There were some things on my heart that I couldn’t understand and that’s the reason I could no longer pretend. Rise, rise above it all and no matter what get up after each fall. See it may look like things could never happen and that you will fail each time you set out to sail, but that’s not the end of that tale. In Christ we always have the victory, even if it seems like success was never meant to be.

Determined

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Whatever doesn’t destroy me, makes me more determined. In the circumstances God allows to happen, He will prove that He alone is my deliverer, healer and source. Sometimes the thoughts of everything seems to go wrong are so strong. I have to remind myself that with God I can still go on. Determined to grow in the midst of difficulty and learning to move on in the face of adversity. The pain is real and sometimes it feels like I’ll never heal. With my Comforter by my side, I know He’ll always be my guide even when I want to run, cry and hide. Determination is the whisper in my soul and one day I know that I will be made whole.

What is Love?

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Many people say “I love you” or “I love this”, but what is love? Is love a feeling, action or is it both? There are many people that want to experience real love. The true source of love flows from God. God is love! God’s love for you never runs out, it flows over and over and never stopping for rest. That’s an amazing pouring and overflowing love. I want to have many encounters of  powerful love and feel it overflowing and share it and spread it on and on.