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Frugal Friday- Blessed to be a blessing February 7, 2008

Filed under: Frugal Fridays — thediaperdiaries @ 11:27 pm

frugalfridays.jpg The more I learn to be frugal, the more fun I have doing it. It is a rush. But somehow in that rush I have ended up with 6 bottles of shampoo and conditioner and 5 bottles of dishsoap cause they were free or nearly free. I am pretty sure I don’t need that much shampoo and dishsoap. Still, when I see free, I get it…cause it’s FREE!!

This is just one more reminder that we have been very blessed in pretty much every single way. One of them being financially and we try and respond to that blessing through our giving. Which oddly enough results in more blessings. That is just God’s way.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Mal 3:10.

Now I am not talking some, “give so that you will get thing.” God doesn’t promise us financial blessing. Sometimes the blessing is just in the giving. It’s up to God how he will bless us and sometimes that is financial. And because of the way I am wired, even in times of blessing I am still a sucker for a good deal (especially since I am staring down Christian school tuition next year…and the next, and the next).

So that is where we circle back to shampoo and dish soap. My MOPS group is sponsoring some women who have found themselves homeless and are living in an temporary apartment. I am thinking they would probably love some pretty smelling shampoo and dishsoap. I’m also thinking that the local food pantry could use my 3 boxes of Cheerios. And perhaps a few jars of my pasta sauce.

Cause at the end of the day, being frugal isn’t just about being cheap. It’s about being a good steward of the money God has entrusted you with so that you can free up other resources to help others. Maybe right now that means passing on some free shampoo. Or maybe it means making more drastic lifestyle changes and exploring what God really means when he asks us to tithe. Cause I am pretty sure God has all sorts of blessings waiting for you that you might just be missing out on. And I am also very confident this is one area where He’s not asking you to be frugal.

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7 Responses to “Frugal Friday- Blessed to be a blessing”

  1. There are so many places to pass along the extra free/near free items. The shelters first come to mind. A visit to an elderly relative, they can always use the ‘care package’ and often someone who does their shopping is paying top dollar for those staples to begin with. Although, I can say a 9 yr old will help go through that shampoo pretty quick.
    JOE

  2. Cassie Says:

    Great post! I have felt so blessed recently as well. It is so strange to look at my closets and pantry and see way more “stuff” now that I am spending $50-$100 LESS than I what I used to weekly. We have a food pantry at our church that we have had the opportunity to donate to.
    Shopping the deals for groceries and doing the CVS thing is definitely a rush. I love it!

  3. I like most of what you have said and what you do. However I do disagree with crediting your blessings to tithing rather than good old-fashioned freewill giving which is sacrificial.

    The following was a new item in Marcjh 2007.

    RELIGION NEWS SERVICE, March 7, 2007

    Malachi 3:10 Has Been Misinterpreted

    The “whole” tithe never was supposed to go to the Temple! According to Dr. Russell Earl Kelly in his book, Should the Church Teach Tithing?, the usual interpretation of Malachi 3:10’s “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” is wrong for four reasons.

    First, the Levitical cities must be included. God never told ordinary Israelites to bring the whole tithe to the Temple in Jerusalem. According to Nehemiah 10:38, that duty belonged to the Levites and priests. The Levites lived on borrowed land surrounding 48 cities. After the exile they lived in the 13 priestly cities in Judah such as Jericho and Hebron. Nehemiah 10:37b makes it clear that the people were to bring the tithes to those cities. Numb 18:21-24; 35 all; Josh 20, 21; 1st Chron 6:48-80; 2nd Chron 11:13, 14; 31:15-19; Neh 12:27-29; 13:10 and Mal 1:14.

    Second, the correct interpretation of Malachi 3:10 must include the 24 courses of the Levites and priests. Only the older males ate tithes at the Temple and then normally only one week out of 24 weeks! Do the math! That is only 4% of the total work force! And with the wives and younger children staying at home it is only 2% of the total work force who needed to eat tithes in the Temple! 1 Chronicles, chapters 23-26; 28:13, 21; 2 Chron. 8:14; 23:8; 31:2, 15-19; 35:4, 5, 10; Ezra 6:18; Neh. 11:19, 30; 12:24; 13:9, 10; Luke 1:5.

    Third, the word “you” of Malachi is referring to the dishonest priests and not the people: “Even this whole nation of you –priests.” In Nehemiah 13:5-10 the priests had clearly stolen the Levites’ portion of the tithe. Also, in Malachi 1:14 the priests had stolen that portion of the tithed animals which they had vowed to God from their herds. Read all of Malachi. God’s anger towards the priests and His curses on them are ignored by most interpreters (1:14; 2:2 and 3:2-4).

    Fourth, the blessings and curses of tithing are identical to those of the entire Mosaic Law and cannot legitimately be separated from them. Read all of Deuteronomy 27 and 28, especially 28:12 “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of your hand” and 28:23-24 “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.” Compare this with Galatians 3:10 quoting 28:26 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Trying to earn God’s blessings through tithing only brings curses for failure to keep all of the law. These were agreed to by Malachi’s audience in Nehemiah 10:29.
    When the Levitical cities, the 24 courses, the nature of the blessings and curses and God’s anger towards the priests for stealing are considered, then Malachi 3:10 only makes sense when it only refers to priests who had stolen from God.

    It makes no sense to tell the people to bring 100% of the tithe to the Temple when 98% of those who needed it for food were still in the Levitical cities.

    It is strange that the 3:10 of Malachi is so important It is while the 3:10 of Galatians and 2nd Corinthians are ignored. Perhaps those wanting to enforce the 3:10 of Malachi should also enforce the 3:10 of Numbers. Wow! Now that would lose members.

    2 Cor 3:10 For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. NASU [Old vs. New Covenant glory]

    Since every believer is a NT priest and since the NT Temple is the body of every believer, the purpose of OT tithing has disappeared. The Christian is never told to tithe. Many should give more than 10% but many of the poor cannot and God still accepts their freewill gift from the heart.

  4. happy geek Says:

    AMEN AMEN. I love this post. I know of people who shop the bargains with the needs of others in mind. When we are blessed it feels so good to share it!

  5. Heather Says:

    This is a really good post, Jill! You’re gettin’ to preachin’ here.

  6. Paige Says:

    That’s the spirit.

  7. Candace (Mama Mia) Says:

    Great post! You’re so right- I love it when God gives me the privilege to bless someone else.


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