This past week, I've been systematically taking the socks from my sock drawer and darning them. Some had small holes, some just had worn spots that I stitched over to prevent holes. Does anyone else darn socks these days?
I'm darning socks as the CEO's of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are on the screen before a congressional subcommittee justifying giving (and taking) millions of dollars in bonuses on the heels of accepting billions of dollars of bail out money.
I'm darning socks.
The past few months, we have had to do some extra belt tightening.
A new roof due to hail damage. Deductible $1000
A new me, sans gall bladder. Deductible $5000.
Our property tax bill - up 20%.
And groceries? I'm sure you have felt the pinch too.
I do a dozens of things a day that most 'normal' people (I place myself firmly outside of the category of 'normal') don't do, just to save a few pennies here and there.
I darn socks.
I mend unmentionables.
I mend everything.
My 'Sunday' shoes are polished regularly and have lasted me several (10?) or so years.
I save the water from the faucet while I wait for it to heat up for my shower - this is usually about two gallons which I use to water the garden in summer and flush the toilet in winter.
I save butter wrappers to grease pans when I bake. I think I've only bought about 2 cans of P*m in my life.
I cook from scratch.
I save chicken bones or turkey carcasses to make broth.
I dry our clothes on a drying rack - rarely use our electric dryer.
Because I air dry our clothes, they last much longer and I don't need to buy as many clothes (I currently have fewer than 35 articles of clothing, not counting unmentionables).
I use a combination of baking soda and cornstarch in place of deodorant.
I don't turn down things other people offer me (zucchini from the neighbors for example).
I wash and re-use foil.
To name a few.
I do all this and more because, yes, I am a card carrying tightwad, but more importantly because I believe that GOD has called me to be a good steward of all that He has given me. It makes me cringe to waste any of it.
I've been praying Proverbs 3:5 and 6 the last week or so as I have been anticipating the bills coming in.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him and He make straight your paths."
Yesterday was a break through day. I had laid all the bills out before Pat and showed him all the anticipated income. For this month, we will be fine and will not have to take anything out of retirement funds. It was close, very, very close. But we have enough.
We rejoiced in GOD's provision and thanked Him for His amazing love for us. All the penny saving things I do cannot begin to account for His provision for us. It truly comes from His hand.
So last night, after watching the news I realized that though the stone-faced CEO's have more money than I do, they cannot possibly have a more grateful heart or a more contented smile on their faces.
Am I a millionaire? Not even close. But I am rich beyond measure.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.