November is a month where we take time to specifically thank God for everything that he has blessed us with. As a family we will take time each night to add a leaf to our thankful tree. It's great to see the tree fill up with all of the things that we have to be thankful for. We've been doing this for a few years and it's really fun to see the leaves from the past years.
As I continue my "Journey to Less", I will be embracing gratefulness by being content with what I already have and limit my spending on non-essentials. I will choose 10 clothing items and those will be the only items that I wear for the month of November. I'm not including jackets or shoes in that list because with crazy Ohio weather you never know what you will need. The 10 items will need to include sleeping clothes, church clothes & everyday clothes.
This will be tough but there are many families in other countries who only have 1 or 2 outfits each. We are spoiled in America with full closets and still complain about having nothing to wear. I want to be different. That's why I'm doing this challenge. I don't want discontentment to steal my joy.
So many times I buy things because I think it will satisfy a need or a desire. And most times, it does not. So this month, I will also be limiting spending on anything that is not a necessity. There are so many little things that I purchase throughout a week that are nothing but a waste of money. I tell myself that it's only a dollar or two. It's no big deal. But the truth is that $1 can provide clean water for someone in Africa for an entire year!! Two dollars is how much some families live on each day.
Instead of spending the money on unnecessary items for myself, I'll focus on others. I'll look for ways each day to take what I would spend on fast food or hot chocolate or a thrift store treasure and use it to bless someone else instead.
I'm looking forward to seeing God continue to work in my heart as I start this second month of my Journey to Less.