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Guarding Against Greed

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Today’s Special is: Freedom in Funny Clothes
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey
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Beware!  Guard against every kind of greed.  Life is not measured by how much you own.

Luke 12:15 NLT

Entrée:

My Mom was a brilliant homemaker.  She cut coupons, matched them with sale items, and by the time she finished her weekly shopping, the markets owed her money.

As a kid, I’ll admit that I didn’t appreciate her thriftiness.

When it was popular to wear Dolfins nylon running shorts, I wore Dolphins (notice the “ph” in my “Dolphins” as opposed to the “f” in the name brand “Dolfins”).  The cool kids had Polo shirts, but I had a golf shirt with a man on a horse sans the polo stick.  My Adidas-like shoes had four stripes.

How have things changed now that I’m the parent?

Let’s just say that the employees at Walmart know me by name.

Sound crazy?

My husband and I are far from perfect, but we strive to follow in my parents’ footsteps, guarding ourselves from greed.  Thus far, our ten-year-old daughter is oblivious to her noname clothes.  But when she catches on, we hope her wardrobe is overshadowed by the value of our strong marriage which is free from the stress of credit card debt.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1 NIV

Paul was referring to the law when he spoke of that slavery.  But slavery has many faces.  One of them is financial strain which arises from greed.

So, let’s guard ourselves.  And if you’re interested in starting a club for people who wear off-brand clothes, may I run for president?

Take Out:

If you are living beyond your means, what practical steps can you take to guard yourself from greed?

My friends and I swap magazines, cost-efficient recipes and clothes (don’t tell them I buy mine from Walmart).

If you have ideas, please leave a comment.  Together, we can find financial freedom, strengthen our relationships, and have fun at the same time!

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the freedom we have in Jesus.  Help us to live our lives free from the love of money, and to be content with what we have.  Thank You for reassuring us that You will never leave nor forsake us.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

For more encouragement, check out Noelle’s book: Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.

© 2013 by Noelle Dey.  All rights reserved.

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7 Comments

By the way, my tips on saving money:

Shop at consignment stores.  I've purchased most of my furniture and a lot of my clothes at the Discover Shop next to Sprouts and the Home Consignment Store next to Walmart.

Love saving money by not eating meat and making my own body care products.

Love it and you!

Personally I use coupons and shop for items on sale at clothing and grocery stores.  It is so funny, walking by the clearance aisle in Ralph's is so much fun for the fam...yes that includes my girls. 

We go to the grocery store with a list of food we need, then we build our weekly meals on the meats on sale.  We shop every week and immediately freeze what we can use at the end of the week so we don't get bacteria sickness ha ha.

We are huge fans of leftovers and have days designated for leftovers.
We sow clothes until it can't be sown anymore.
Our shoes are not trashed until they have holes or are falling apart.

Because of this though, we are able to live stress free and I am paying off debt from my past.  The family and I make it fun and my kids are so grateful.

There are some things I do splurge on like shoes, so they last longer but we are not afraid of wally world and Target shoes.

Thank you for this message.  You rock!

Oh my goodness, Noelle!  I read this awesome post this morning and again tonight.  I can't stop laughing (Wendy and Mom C have me laughing all the more), only because I can literally picture you in those DolPHin shorts, stick-less polo shirt, and four-striped shoes.  Fortunately, you always looked adorable anyway.

What's so insanely beautiful is that instead of growing bitter, you allow God to deepen your faith, wisdom, and, mercy.  I am so taken by your words of truth, and even more enamored with the fact that you truly live this out.  You are sheer beauty, and I continue to learn volumes from you every day.

If you run for president, I will mostly definitely be your campaign manager. :)  Love you so much, little sister. xxoxx

Too funny!  I remember tearing the tongue out of my saddle shoes that had pointy toes instead of the trendy rounded toes (what a brat!).  But, as a mom, I was there and my kids had the same polo shirt you did and thought Oshkosh was the same as Guess.  Must have marked my daughter for life since she purchases name brands for her daughters - albeit on sale and double discounts.  At least some good habits are passed on - like the love of the Lord - and that is PRICELESS!

Noelle, okay, I am somewhere in between.  I do like name brand clothes, BUT I wait till I have a coupon and usually combine it with a sale.  However, there are times I do splurge for me and my kids.  I must say, your words convict my heart as to whether I am spending too much, even when I have a coupon and things are on sale.  And I am also a big Target girl.  Get most of my work out clothes and cute tops and jackets there.  I suppose it's all a balance and we have to always check our hearts to see the motivation behind what we buy; if we can afford what we buy (are we charging ourselves into debt), and if we are being a wise steward of the money God has given us.  Thank you (I think) for making me think today about my spending habits today!! :)

Love you,

me

Noelle, this was a devotion that really touched home with me.  I would have loved to met your mom.  She could have taught me a lot.  Be thankful you had such a frugal teacher in life.  By the way, my favorite department store; that everything I own comes from, is GDS...Goodwill Department Stores.

Thank you for sharing the valuable lessons from your life.

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