On the audio version I'm into Deuteronomy, but in reading - I've been knee-deep in Leviticus. It caught my attention when I heard it and now read it yesterday morning about the seventh year being a year of rest for the land. A Sabbath rest for the land.
Leviticus 25:18-22, "'Therefore you shall do my statutes and keep my rules and perform them, and then you will dwell in the land securely. The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and dwell in it securely. And if you say, "What shall we eat in the seventh year, if we may not sow or gather in our crop?" I will command my blessing on you in the sixth year, so that it will produce a crop sufficient for three years. When you sow in the eighth year, you will be eating some of the old crop; you shall eat the old until the ninth year, when its crop arrives.'"It speaks profoundly to my heart of God's desire and perfect ability to provide for His children! I love this passage as it speaks so beautifully to His generous provisions for us.
With these thoughts on my mind, I've been watching to see how God even provides for our food now. Through sales, mis-priced items and so forth.
Confession: Historically, I've paid for our groceries with my debit card just for convenience sake. However, around Christmas I realized that I'm consistent in going over my grocery budget because I do this. It may have only been a dollar or two at a time but I was still doing it. And, yes - sometimes it was more than that.
Anyway, I decided to go cash for groceries and my spending money. For two months now, I've had envelopes in my purse for my grocery money - one month at a time. It is working out great! But, I have noticed that the last week or so is a real stretch to use our dollars wisely to stay within budget.
I've had to get more creative with our meals and my shopping list! And, I've been so thankful for the $5/$20 coupons to help me stretch our dollars!
Through this - I've also been analyzing more what I am buying. I remember my Mom saying it is best to shop around the edges of the store where all the freshest foods are. Recently, I was looking at the grocery ad and had planned out about $15 in groceries that were on sale (fruit, cheese, meat) and then saw they had Totino's frozen pizza on sale for $1. Do you like those? Oh, I love those little pizzas - they are terrible for you and so delicious.
Ok, I digress - as I was driving to the store - I was just praying for wisdom about what to buy. I could've gotten the pizza "free" with my $5/$20 coupon - but I asked myself what we really needed more than that and the answer was meat. So after gathering my $15 in other things on sale - I headed to the meat department and decided I would see what I could get for $5. I found some chicken on sale for 0.59/lb. and some stir fry beef for a couple of dollars.
After all of my coupons and Register Rewards at Walgreens and everything - my total was 0.34! Of course, I had really paid a bit more since I had already paid for the RR items at Walgreens - but I was so excited to see how God provided good food for us, I shopped around the edges and made good food choices and He helped me stretch our money and provided for us.
On yet another visit to the same store - I wanted to get a rotisserie chicken that was on sale for $5 as my "free" food. It rang up the wrong price and I ended up getting it free plus was still able to use my coupons and get other groceries we needed. Again, I love seeing how He provides!
I certainly do not want to imply that we don't have enough to eat - we do have plenty of food, and I am just rejoicing in watching God work these things out in front of my eyes.
Going back to the passage in Leviticus - when He calls us to follow Him, He will provide a way for us to do that. He provided food for His people by giving them bountiful harvests to carry them through until the next harvest and He will provide for us too. He will show me how to best spend my dollars and when to do without a certain item to make it last until the next "harvest" (pay day!).
I love watching for His provisions in my life! How have you seen God provide for your daily food needs? Let's offer praise to Him for His generous caring for us today!