30 Days Of Nothing–Day 29

When we began this 30 Days Of Nothing experiment, we knew we wanted to save enough money to make a difference for someone.  Though I wasn’t willing to be an utter fanatic about it, I did want to make a good attempt at saving a fair bit of money.

 It has been amazing to me to see this month how God has blessed us and met our needs — in ways I could not have anticipated. 

The garden produced a ton this year.

We got a small inheritance.  

We’ve been the very-blessed recipients of hand-me-down clothes in huge quantities, leftover donuts after church shindigs,and several brand-new books from various kind souls.

Cheese and butter showed up when I was running low.  Hubby and I were treated to a very elegant shrimp dinner complete with wine and cheesecake.

Canning jars were graciously given by a friend who had an abundance.  My 18 year old won a messenger bag and a jump drive.

I even won a camera, for pity sakes! 

We were not desperate for these things.   At no time during the month were we in true need.   But to me it is nothing less than a message from God that He WILL supply our needs.   That we should not be afraid to make some sacrifices and commit resources to others, even from a moderate budget.

 He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  We should not fear reaching out from HIS abundance to share some of that wealth with others.

That is the message I have heard loud and clear over these 30 Days of Blessing.

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  1. God is amazing, isn't He? Thanks for sharing your 30 Days of Blessings with us.

  2. Though we aren't participating in the 30 Day of Nothing, we've seen first hand, out of necessity during some very lean times in our lives, that what you say is absolutely true. Blessings show up from nowhere, money comes out of the clear blue sky…and we too, see it as a clear voice from the Lord. He will provide. He is faithful all the time.

    I'm enjoying your blog.

    Blessings~ Angela

  3. I've been meaning all month to ask if you have the Mennonite cookbook "More with Less." It's perfect for this sort of thing, and overseas people like it too as everything is from scratch, no recipes that call for a can of something that isn't available in stores near you. Also, it's a total trip–where else can you read poems written to bread? It's full of tips on saving money and being good stewards and conservation, etc. Lots of fun for the whole family. I use my copy all the time.

  4. I wish I would have seen this awhile ago! Although, I think I am going to try for October 1. I have heard a lot about your site. I can't wait to get caught up! In His Love, Sandra

  5. This post is meaningful to me today, since we just sent our dossier for Ethiopia to our agency. We don't have a clue how we will pay for the adoption, and we sent it anyway. I really hope and pray things work out. I alternate between excitement and terror. Our agency is slow, so that gives us a year or so to have a pile of money drop from the sky! Ha! We'll see. If worst comes to worst, we will go on hold, but nothing to do about it now except keep getting up in the morning and going to work to bring a few more dollars home.

  6. Yes! I do have the 'More With Less' cookbook. Also a related one called "Extending the Table' with lots of international recipes. Both are really awesome!

  7. Is Extending the Table put out by the same people? I've never heard of it, but I like international recipes.