Thursday, November 9, 2017

Becoming Prudent (Part One)

Prudent-acting with or showing care and thought for the future (Bing Definition)

Prudent meaning biblically (because that is what counts to me)

PRU'DENT, a. Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable.
The prudent man looketh well to his going. Prov.14.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself. Prov.22.
1. Dictated or directed by prudence; as prudent behavior.
2. Foreseeing by instinct; as the prudent crane.
3. Frugal; economical; as a prudent woman; prudent expenditure of money.
4. Wise; intelligent.
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I am sharing some scripture that stood out to me during research.
 
Luke 14:28-32
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? "Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'           
"Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? "Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

Just reading Proverbs 31 can encourage you or at least open your eyes to see that prudence is a must in our lives as women.

I am working on this in a lot of areas in my life. I believe being wise and prudent is a superb character quality and it can be such a blessing to our homes.

I am trying to let this all sink in as I embark on letting the Lord mold me and shape me. I pray He will help me become prudent. I want to consider how I build our home (pantry, money, and needs). I also do not want it to be an idol or all I focus about. I want to have a happy medium.

What are some simple basic tips you have on Becoming Prudent or shall I say Frugal in today's terms?

Blessings,
Chrissy





16 comments:

  1. I think you are doing a great job. But the thing that has worked the best for me is doing the food delivery apps on the side. I’m not sure you have the right phone for it tho or live in the right area. What about a garage sale?

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  2. Great post! Since I 'retired' from my full time job (no retirement benefits) I am learning a lot about being prudent. Which makes me realize just how much money we threw away when I was working! And you know what? We haven't been hungry one single time!!!! I love being at home!

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  3. I've been working on that too and like Penpen, when I think about all the money I threw away, buying things I didn't even liked, but that were fashionable (furniture and clothing) a few years ago, it makes me want to cry.
    But now I'm learning to value the right things, matetial and spiritual and finally making our house a home, because "The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down".
    One thing I (and a lot of people) do these days, is to make a weekly menu, because this way, our food never gets expired and my husband and I, also try to take advantage of promotions and keep a well stocked pantry.
    :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing. I got away from menu planning but I am back at it. It does make a difference.

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    2. I too regret foolish spending. Spending money on trends and trying to please man and not God, for instance.
      There were times in the past I have spent money on decorating my home to impress. Overspending money we really didn't have. Instead, I have now learned to stay within a very small budget and buy things that make it still look nice, yet COMFORTABLE for my dear family.
      Even better yet, just learning to use what we ALREADY have or hande downs.
      God bless ya'll on your journey!
      Mrs.O
      I would HIGHLY recommend the blog The Legacy of Home. Her writings on thrift are life changing.

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  4. you have blessed me today, this was exactly what I needed to hear!

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  5. Prudent to me means planning ahead and using what I have before buying what I don't need. Prudent also means work. Working to stretch my income and save for future times. Prudent means getting out of debt and not letting money control me. Prudent means trying to be Happy with what I have.

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    1. Such great insight. Thank you for sharing. Hugs!

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    2. Love this meaning of prudent , right along with Chrissy.

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  6. Three things help me with this:

    Number 1: I read scripture related to keeping home and being prudent.

    Number 2:I plan. I plan my menu, shopping and goals to keep me on track.

    Number 3: Is staying home as much as possible. This prevents splurge spending and allows me time to execute the menu and plans I have made. I find that I eat out more often and tend to wing things when I'm away from home too often.

    I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on this subject!

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  7. Love all the prudent comments. I think I'd add pray about big expenditures. No impulse buying!

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  8. Love this Chrissy, we are never to old to learn. My daughter's and I decided when we go to town on our bi-weekly town day. We will be packing a lunch, to save from eating out. That money can go towards the savings or missions or building fund for our new church. Blessings.

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