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Grumpy, Gloomy, Frugal and Frumpy

Posted Mar 28 2010 12:00am
Here are some words to describe my attitude this week, as defined by Webster:

Grumpy... "moodly crossed."

Gloomy, low in spirits...
Frugal... "characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources" ...

Frumpy means "dowdy or  drab" ...
Time for a Pity Party! My hubby has Cancer, we're trying hard to make ends meet; the frig is empty, I'm sick of my clothes, and now....THE CAR BREAKS DOWN!!!
Yep, times are tough. But what good does a bad attitude do? When I get to feeling grumpy, gloomy, frugal and frumpy- I need to turn to God's word for encouragement:  
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?...But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:25 & 33
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, fleeting and passing away, but what is unseen is eternal." ~2 Cor 4:18
"Count it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance ... " James 1:2
It helps to turn off the news. The headlines just make me more depressed. I like to read Happy News  or hum the old Bobby McFerrin tune, "Don't Worry, Be Happy. "  LOL.
It also helps to make a list of  50 things that make you happy. I tried this yesterday and couldn't get three items down before I found myself smiling. 1. A dog's wet  kiss, 2. A baby's giggle, 3. A peppermint mocha, 4. The toilet seat in the down position, 5. Walking barefoot on the beach... the list goes on and on. Try it. I promise you will feel better.  I've come to realize, although its good to have a 'pity party' once in awhile, we have a choice to make. We can choose to let our problems overwhelm us, or can embrace them with trust and joy. God has a plan and will use these trials to help us grow in ways we can't even imagine.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for loving me even when I'm grumpy and gloomy; sick and tired of being frugal, and ungrateful for my frumpy clothes. Deep down, I know I am blessed beyond measure. Give my your wisdom as I make decisions concerning my finances. Help me to trust in You for your provision as I wait for brighter days ahead.
Amen.
Frugal Living Tips  by Christian Women
Managing Money  by Focus on the Family
Thrify NW Mom   Money Saving Tips
Christian Financial Advice from Crosswalk
Encouragement from Joyce Meyer
When Things are Down, Let's Look Up  by Franklin Graham
Find and share joy at Spiritual Sundays
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