Many people know me as a thrifty person. I have no idea where I got it from because my parents didn’t teach me to be this way. They’ve always bought things they needed and of quality. I, on the other hand, fell into the quantity over quality trap when growing up. I’d buy many cute, low cost clothes to have options but really I didn’t wear them all. Along the way I also fell into the habit of buying anything on sale that fit me well. I didn’t necessarily need it or love it, I just bought it because it was difficult to find clothing that didn’t need to be hemmed given my petite size. Lastly, I bought and accrued things when they were given to me for free and/or I came across at a low, dirt cheap price. Again, I didn’t need the items at the time, I just held onto them for future use if need be. All these tendencies about me have been brought to my attention as I’ve opened my eyes to notice that God provides everything I need. I’ve always known this and it’s written in the Bible, but really, I wasn’t living according to it. Instead, as I’ve mentioned, I was hoarding things for when I “might” use it, taking and taking from others, and buying things to store in advance to save money. All this took time, energy, and thought but lacked trusting God. So I decided to do something about it and decided it was time to purge our belongings. It’s amazing to think that I found things to donate given that we live in a small unit and we’ve been in Australia for a year and moved here with few things. I guess it speaks to how easy it is to live in clutter.
To help my initiative, which mostly pertained to purging clothes and toys, I was inspired by Marie Kondo’s tidying tips. She speaks about holding each item and asking yourself if it sparks joy in your life. Doing this emptied nearly half my closet. I finally donated items I’d been holding onto because they were in new condition, I spent a lot of money on, or want to fit into but just don’t. I thought it’d be hard to part with them, but since doing so, I feel a lot lighter. I am hopeful someone else can score a bargain and be blessed by my donations. When it came to donating toys, that was easier for me. I go back and forth on whether Zane has too little toys, but I fought this thought by telling myself he has enough for now.
Consequently, this leads me to my newfound trust that God truly provides us what we need, when we need it. If I need something, I do not need to work hard to find the best deal to obtain it. I don’t think I’ll ever pay full price for an item, but I don’t need to search endlessly for a good deal or shop in advance for future needs. God has shown me that in His miraculous ways, he delivers. I won’t go into details but do trust me that He has it all planned out already as to what you need to have enough. This new conviction has brought me a lot of peace and time!
As for other news, here’s our two-month-old Azalea and big brother Zane! All they need from me is love and their basic needs met.