Yesterday I spent a good chunk of time sitting in out food storage pantry. I was trying to organize, straighten and do a quick inventory. Well, nothing was quick about it. Things had been just tossed here and there. Nothing had been rotated in awhile. It was frustrating as I sat there.

As I was sitting there going through some bags of food items that were bought and then just tossed into the closet, I was getting myself all worked up into a major self pity party. "Why am I the only one who ever seems to straighten this mess up?", "Everyone else always has things in perfect order, why can't I?" and so on.

Yes, it was not a pretty site seeing me in there moaning and groaning and whining up a storm. Apparently my ranting and raving was much louder than I thought because my hubby showed up staring down at me with a confused look on his face. I started to say something snide and then took a deep breath. I glanced down and saw the huge scar running the length of his leg and all the other scars left from the many surgeries he had to go through in order to walk again.

That instantly brought to mind one of the most frightening times in my life. Not only dealing with all the medical things going on, but at the same time, we had no income coming in. At that time I had about 3 months worth of food storage. I discovered how vital that was. It got us through a very tough time. And now I was sitting and complaining about the mess my food pantry was in. Big freaking deal Diann! Straighten it up and be thankful you have it!

I was so ashamed and embarrassed by my selfish whining that I started to cry. I know, what a wimp huh? Troy knew exactly what I had been thinking about and he sat down with me. The two of us finished organizing and straightening the pantry. We figured out what areas we were lacking and made a list of things to start looking for good bargains.

So, today I am realizing how grateful I am for:

** My husband being able to walk

** We got through a horrific experience together

** We had a enugh of a food storage to get us through until some money came in.

** Being raised by parents who taught me to do my best to be prepared.

** Having the skills and abilities to search out good bargains that benefit my family

** To be able to, even when money is super tight, know the importance of keeping a well stocked pantry and doing without a few frivolous things to maintain it.

** Knowing God has been there every step of the way guiding and comforting us through so much.

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1 comment :

  1. I'm praying for you today!! I know how hard times have been--my husband lost his job several months ago--but God has been providing for us and He's been so faithful! It has comforted me to know that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without him knowing it and we are worth so much more to him than a sparrow!!


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