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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Giving: Letting Other Peoples Actions Affect Those in Need

Letting Actions of Others Affect Those in Need 

As my husband was leaving for work this morning he told me about an older gentleman that came up to him yesterday at a gas station. My husband was preparing to call in for a conference call and the man approached him asking for $20. He told my husband his wife was in the hospital and he needed money for her medicine and for him. My husband politely declined and told the man that he didn't have any cash on him. If my husband had the money on him, he definitely would have given it to him because that's the type of person he is.

After the man walked away, as my husband was calling in to the conference call, he noticed this same man walked over to a woman to ask for money and she handed him a $50 bill. The man proceeded to get into his truck and leave.

A few minutes later, the same man drove back into the parking lot and asked another person for money then left again.

As my husband was finishing up his call and about to leave, the same man drove back into the parking lot.

Of course, if I had seen this I would have instantly thought something was strange with this situation. Was he really needing money for his sick wife? Was his wife really in the hospital?

Situations like this makes it hard to have faith in people and we may instantly judge them for their actions. It can make us not want to give to others which affects people that really need the help.

It's Not Up to Us

When we give to others it's not our choice as to what they do with what is given. It's theirs. All we can do is what we feel is right. Leave them in God's hands and do what you feel God is telling you to do. Give what God is telling you to give. God sees your actions. Doesn't it make you feel great when you can help someone in need?!

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again" - Luke 6:38

"Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed" - Proverbs 19:17

More Bible Verses about helping those in need.

Don't let a few bad apples spoil the bunch. There are many people in this world that need our help. We can't let the bad choices that other people have made affect those that truly need our help. If you can help financially or giving what you already own, please do.

Read more Faith based posts.

Giving - Letting the Wrong Actions of Other People Affect the Needy 
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

25 Free Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping Printables

Free Menu Planning Printables 

I have a confession. I don't like menu planning. I do it. But, I don't like it. I have a difficult time coming up with recipes that I think my family will want to eat and that have affordable ingredients. Not only that... we like to shop at Sam's because we can buy in bulk, but we also need to shop at H.E.B. to purchase items in a smaller quantity. I'm trying to figure out a way to rotate the stores to purchase items we need throughout the month.

Through my research, I came across several websites that have lists that help with menu planning and I wanted to share them with you.

* Dear Crissy - 30+ Page Meal Planner
* Life as Mom - Monthly Meal Plan
* Fit Life Creative - Weekly Menu and Shopping List
* Passion for Savings - Printable Menu Plan
* Clean Mama - Family Favorite Dinners Printable
* Neat House Sweet Home - Weekly Meal Planner
* Creative Home Keeper - Healthy Eating Plan
* Every Day Enchanting - Weekly Menu and Shopping List
* Homemade for Elle - Clean Eating Menu Plan
* Artsy Fartsy Mama - Weekly Menu Plan
* My Beauty of Imperfection - Weekly Menu Plan
* I Heart Planners - Monthly Meal Planner
* Sherbert Cafe - Planner and Menu Printables
* I Heart Nap Time - Printable Menu and Shopping List
* Frugality Gal - Weekly Meal Planner
* The Cottage Market - Meal Planning Set
* 3 Boys and a Dog - Weekly What’s Cooking Printable Menu Planner
* The Creative Bite - Weekly Meal Plan
* One Creative Mommy - Printable Grocery List
* Printable Crush - Monthly and Weekly Meal Planner
* Frugal Mom Eh - Meal Planner and Recipe Cards
* DIY Home Sweet Home - Weekly Menu and Shopping List
* Luvibee Kids Company - Meal Planner
* Everything Mom - Grocery Check List
* Scrimpalicious - Menu Planner

Bonus Produce Guides from Richly Rooted!
Spring Produce Guide
Summer Produce Guide
Autumn Produce Guide

Here are a few products to help you with menu planning...
Healthy Eating on a Budget
Budget Bytes
Clear Sheet Protectors
Colorful Pens
Printer Ink

Free Printables for Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping

Do you have any menu planning tips?
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Monday, June 12, 2017

How to Change Your Cleaning Perspective

Change Your Cleaning Perspective - Bedroom 

Cleaning your home each and every day can seem mundane and repetitive. I have definitely struggled with my daily to do list. Especially the ones that need to be done over and over again. How can we change our cleaning perspective?

Do Everything Unto the Lord

Instead of looking at your to do list and dreading all that you have to get done, look at it as a blessing and a way to show the Lord you appreciate what He has given you. Laundry is a blessing because your family has clothes to wear. Dishes are a blessing because your family had food to eat. Making the bed is a blessing because you had a nice, comfortable place to lay your head. When you take care of those items it's a way to show how grateful you are to have those.

Look at Cleaning as a Gift to Your Family

Instead of looking at it as a chore or just another thing that you have to take care of, try to see cleaning as a way that you are blessing your home and family. You are helping them get ready for the day by making sure they have clothes for school and work. You are also making sure they are comfortable and fed.

Delight in Being the Keeper of Your Home

You are not only blessing your family, but those who come into your home as well. How does it make you feel when unexpected company comes over and the house is a mess? Isn't it a sense of relief and joy when you don't have to worry about that? Doesn't it make you feel great when your family comes home after a long day and says the house looks and smells great?! If you are having a day where you don't feel like cleaning, think of the happiness it brings to not only you, but to others as well.

Remember That the Lord Sees Your Services

Even if your family doesn't notice what you have done each day and thinks the magical fairies wash the laundry and clean up the dust bunnies, the Lord sees your services. He knows what you have done and he sees how much you appreciate your family, home and belongings.

Change Your Cleaning Perspective - Kitchen 

 
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