3 hours ago
To be honest this Pantry challenge is not as easy as I thought it would be. Partly because I'm not the only one who goes grocery shopping or cooks. And sometimes my husband decides that we are still going to buy certain items while also using our frozen and Pantry food items. So to not spend any money on food in the store is not how this challenge has been going so far. I can say however, for us the #pantrychallenge #threeriverschallenge with @threerivershomestead has helped us to be content with what we have for food and use what we have. Sometimes throughout this challenge I felt the pressure to have every meal be something different. It made me feel a lil frustrated that I don't have more stored up and bought in bulk and saved like dry foods. But instead of getting stressed out over being concerned with what people on Instagram see, God helped me to be thankful and content with what we have. It is so good for me to be content & keep in mind the real purpose of this challenge for OUR family. We chose to join this challenge to use what we have already and try to not spend money on stuff in the store like we we're before the challenge. To be better stewards of the money God has given us. To further his kingdom and good purposes for this money he's lent us. There are a few different things we have in mind to put money towards this year. Some things really are needs. Other things are a need/want. We've talked with each other about trying to keep our minds focused on things with eternal value. It is very easy to spend money on things that have no Eternal value. And does not help further the kingdom. There's so many things in life we hope for and dream about and want. But so many of these things are just going to fade away someday. With that said we don't think that God is upset if we spend our money on Earthly things. Yet it is so good for us to keep our hearts thinking about others before our own wants, hopes and dreams. With that said, It can be easy to judge what people are spending their money on. But we should look into our own hearts and ask why do we do what we do? And not focus on what others are doing. Pray about what we choose to buy, spend or give.