Flowers of summer

flowersI saw these lovely flowers when I was on a hike over the weekend. Their happy pink and orange colors caught my eye.

Summer definitely is a beautiful season with everything in full bloom. It always amazes me that nature so generously shares her beauty with us. And it’s for everyone to enjoy– it’s of one the ultimate frugal joys!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day ❤

Take a deep breath

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Everything is going to be ok. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and let God carry your burdens for you.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, NIV

I need to hear this today and keep reminding myself that God is good and he has everything under control. I’ve been struggling with crushing anxiety and I’m realizing that I can’t control life and every outcome. I have to accept life on life’s terms. And my best hope is to turn everything over to God: my fear, anxiety, and worries about all the possible “what if’s” that can happen.

I really do believe that God loves me and each and every one of us deeply and will work everything out for our good.

I never forget my many, many blessings and despite this anxiety I am so very grateful for everything I have. I pray that in time I can continue to trust God more with everything and he will help me to heal this anxiety and turn it into hope, faith, joy and trust.

Back in the frugal saddle

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I’m easing back into blogging after a rough couple of months. Luckily things are starting to calm down a little bit for me- totally by God’s grace.

I’ve really missed blogging and keeping up with my fellow bloggers. It’s nice to be back 🙂

I continue to love frugality and am motivated and excited to continue on my frugal journey. I’ve also been trying to recover from a serious bout of anxiety and depression around my family members recent illness; so I’m trying to focus my thinking also towards healing, peace, serenity and grace.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

I had a good shopping trip this afternoon and picked up the following:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Oat cereal
  • Strawberry jam
  • Salami
  • Deli turkey slices
  • Two boxes of granola bars
  • Onions
  • Baked potato chips, bbq flavor
  • Non-dairy whipped topping

The grand total was: $25.44!! I love discount shopping!

See you all soon 🙂

Seeking Serenity

photo22Serenity and peace are two of the greatest joys in my life. A peaceful heart and a peaceful mind are of precious value to me.

That is one of the reasons I am working determinedly to heal my eating disorder. Whenever I binge eat it steals so much from me. I instantly lose my peace, serenity, wellness, health, and happiness.

Is gorging myself on junk food really worth losing all that? Unfortunately many, many times I have chosen bingeing over peace and wellness. Why do I binge then? It is a complex mix of stress, anxiety, fear, family, and old bad habits.

However I choose now to heal. I’m choosing serenity and peace over pain and suffering. This doesn’t mean I won’t slip up anymore, if anything I fail constantly. I don’t expect perfection because I’m not perfect. I am simply one small person seeking to be well.

What am I doing today to for my wellness?

  • Spent time with God by going to church. I believe He is the great healer.
  • Trying to eat right, 3 meals and a snack in the late afternoon
  • Drink enough water
  • Exercise
  • Spend time in nature