Friday, December 10, 2010

Abundance During Tough Times


Tough times...it seems to be a common thread in many of our discussions today.  Topics of job loss, cut wages, lay-offs and downsizing can be a pattern interrupt to the concept of the daily grind.  If you've ever experienced any of these life altering events, the daily grind doesn't seem so bad, eh?  Everything in perspective (:

We all know leaner times are at hand for many of us...it happens.  When the tide rolls in, it must also roll back out to the sea.  Nothing ever stays the same, which is a good thing.  It gives us the opportunity to discover hidden treasures left behind by the constant movement of waves as they crash the shores of life over and over again.  We have just gone through this ebb and flow period ourselves and find our income reduced by 75%.  The "old me" would have panicked at the thought of such a thing, especially during Christmas, but the "wiser me" has been filled with thoughts of abundance.

Now, I have to be honest...my first response was a bit in the realm of frazzled nerves, but it soon gave way to comfort in the hands of a loving God who knows our every need.  He's taken care of us so far...why would He drop the ball now?  (:

This journey of simplicity over the last year has been a great teacher.  Being thankful for the many blessings already present, learning how to prepare a whole foods pantry, reducing debt and expenses, making things instead of rushing out to purchase new items, buying used and saving the difference, repairing instead of tossing, creating handmade treasures, cherishing time spent at home, streamlining products to make sure they pull double-duty, appreciating the art of frugality, letting go of things to honor what really matters, getting rid of clutter to make room for new ideas and possibilities...all of these things have created such an air of abundance that lack can't even enter the space (:

So if you find yourself in tough times, take heart and know that many of us are traveling right beside you on this journey.  It might seem as if your world is crashing in around you, but just put one foot in front of the other and move forward no matter how devastating it may feel.  Keep your eyes open because possibilities abound to those who think outside of the box.  Don't allow your current circumstances to overwhelm the blessings that are waiting to be discovered.  When we operate in thankfulness and have gratitude in our hearts, it opens the door to abundance.

This Christmas will be a simple one, but isn't that really the way Christmas should be celebrated?  Sad to say these days the focus tends to be on the gifts, food and fun times instead of abundant thankfulness for the greatest gift of all...Jesus.  Over the next two weeks I'll bring you into our home to show how we're choosing to celebrate this year...decorating, gift giving, organizing, etc.  Hopefully our simple, frugal Christmas will inspire and encourage others to seek out a different way of embracing the holidays...a way that allows abundance to shine forth, even in tough times (:



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23 comments:

  1. Michele WONDERFUL thoughtful words for me to read this morning....!

    I'm sorry to read your circumstances have taken you down the path none of us would choose to tread otherwise however, with your health, courage & fortitude I'm sure the 'fork' is just around the corner....!

    Christmas SHOULD be a simple affair....It's meaning often lost in the fast pace in which we find ourselves moving today....A roof over our heads....Be it our own, rented or borrowed....Healthy food, family & friends is all we really need....!

    Cheers from Australia,
    Tamarah :o)

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  2. BEAUTIFUL post & heartfelt sentiments! Thank you, Michele. :-) Hali

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  3. Ah...a perfectly timed post! I look forward to seeing your simple, yet abundant Christmas celebration!

    Many Blessings,
    Melissa

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  4. Thank you. My thoughts are frazzled & discouraged at this time. It's sooo nice to know someone understands & cares. I'll be following you.

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  5. What a nice post.Looking forward to your future posts.

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  6. Looking forward to sharing your simple Christmas with you! I find the inner me craves that kind of Christmas, yet I seem to succumb to the annual gift buying frenzy. Not that we are reckless spenders, but still I wonder...do I encourage others to look at Jesus or do I add to their culturally skewed look at what Christmas is all about?

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  7. An excellent reminder for us all. Merry Christmas to your family!

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  8. You are keeping your focus where it belongs - on Jesus, the only hope for this world. And I think we are all going through tough times, it's just that some are still oblivious to it...but soon everyone will realize that this entire country has been fooled by smoke and mirrors.

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  9. Simple! Thank you for such a wonderful post. I have gone "off the grid" so to speak for Christmas this year -- really cutting back but doing things from my heart for others through Church and other activities...am looking forward to seeing an inside peak to you holiday house.

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  10. Such a beautiful perspective filled with Peace. He is Sufficient and your testimony brings Him Glory.

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  11. My dear friend,

    I went to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It is a pleasure to have you as
    my follower, that the coming year be filled with plenty of inspiration, health
    and love, so we can all be helped with their beautiful creations and recipes delicious!

    hug
    Cidinha

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  12. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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  13. Hello! I'm visiting my followers today to wish them all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Homemaker Honey!

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney.com
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  14. I just stumbled upon your blog and had to tell you how wonderful I think it is. I'm not one to post, mostly just a reader of blogs that interest me, but when I read your blog I was amazed at the heartfelt connection. It was like reading my life's aspirations right here on the internet! Wow! We share so many of the same beliefs, dreams and goals including living a self-sufficient, sustainable life off grid! It's so refreshing to hear of someone else that thinks the same way! THANK YOU for sharing! I hope you, your family and friends have a very simple and blessed Christmas!
    Kim J. Vancouver, USA

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  15. Just dropping by to thank you for being a follower and to wish you a Merry Christmas!!

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  16. Michele, OH!! YES!!! So true. Thank you .
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  17. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  18. You are not alone, young lady. There are many of us with you, I am one of them. I didn't need to buy Christmas gifts this year, I regifted ones I'd gotten in previous years and didn't use. I used the same precious decorations from previous years to perk up the Cabin for the holidays and gave lots of hugs to everyone. The Simple Life is really much better, I am discovering. My God is an awesome God, he's the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. For my 1st day of January I read in Joshua 1:1-9...this might help you too...
    God bless us everyone.
    Take Care,
    Mel's Cabin

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  19. Thank you Michelle, for sharing this most encouraging post! I leave truly blessed. Many of us are traveling this same road together, and it is through blogs like yours where we gain strength for the journey.I wanted to come by and wish you and your family a most blessed and happy new year.
    Hugs, Sue

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  20. Good post!
    happy new year and thank you for the cranberry sauce recipe!
    Kathy

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  21. What beautiful words. It's a great message to begin 2011. You have a lovely blog!

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  22. I truly enjoy following your Blog. I find myself either laughing or nodding in agreement, being in awe or sometimes inspired by what you've typed.

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