GROCERY SHOPPING?… REALLY???

Hey friends, how was your weekend? Did you stay indoors, all weekend long, or did you go out? If you did, where did you go? Because I work five days out of the seven, I like to keep my weekends free of activities, except of course, service on Sundays.  Last weekend was a bit busier than I like, because we had to go grocery shopping.  Now, by now most of you know I do very much enjoy shopping, but uhhhh…. Not for groceries.  Grocery buying must be done, though; that is… if you want to eat.  

Over the weekend, I found our grocery amount far exceeded what we budgeted, because the girls will be here for thanksgiving break and of course, Thanksgiving holiday is almost here.

Sometimes, I enjoy cooking, I had to preface that statement with the word ‘sometimes’, because I don’t always look forward to that task. Most times, I cook what I know, but every now and then, I will try something different.  My husband and the girls (when they are home) more often than not, seem to always enjoy my cooking.  I know my friend over at Jesusluvsall blogs uses his microwave more than his stove, but we live literally on the opposite ends of the country, unfortunately he can’t come over for a meal. 

Truthfully, I enjoy cooking, when what I need is immediately available to me.  It is quite frustrating when I am prepared to cook and the ingredients are still at the store, thereby making grocery shopping an integral part of our time and money.  

The best way to combat any frustration including that of time and money is truly thankfulness.  While I was grocery shopping over the weekend, I was reminded of how very prevailed I am.  

I serve the God of the Universe.  He is great and powerful and mighty, and He absolutely loves me.  Thankfully, He is quick to forgive and offer restoration when I stumble.  

Out of the almost 800 million people starving in today’s world, we are not one of them.  In our kitchen, once read a plaque; “thank You Lord, for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell; while others may go hungry, we’re eating very well”.

We buy our groceries in bulk, so usually grocery shopping is a ‘once a month’ event; I am thankful, we had the money to spend for our groceries. Thankful for the vehicle we use that takes us grocery shopping.  Thankful for the fact that almost everything I need to cook is easily accessible to me.  Thankful for the jobs that provide us with money to buy the groceries. Thankful for strength and health that gives us the liberty to buy exactly what we need.  

I have found that most times, I am frustrated when I take life for granted; as if it’s something owed to me.  This life is a privilege, a gift from the Lord to me.  I am learning indeed to implement this verse…

when I allow myself to become annoyed over things for which I need to be more grateful.  Reminding myself of all the reasons I have to be thankful, when annoyance or frustrations desire to have their day with my emotions, is a daily practice for me.  I am learning to be thankful for the ‘wins’ and do better with the ‘losses.  Holiness is the goal for which I must strive, but holiness is perfected with repentance, which precedes forgiveness, tapered with much grace and mercy.   

Thankfulness allows us to see how very privileged we are, in spite of the situations, because we are then reminded of the God we serve.  We are reminded of His power and His faithfulness; we are reminded of His grace and mercy toward us. We are reminded that He could have chosen to start over with a new creation, but He stuck with us, a fallible people; but made a way to unite us with Himself. 

Do you enjoy grocery shopping or cooking? What is something you are thankful for, today? 

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  1. Hi Brenda, Thank you for speaking out in encouragement to the world! I just love your message. It reminds me that the things I am frustrated over (like having to go to the store and shop and cook, are incredible in themselves. Realizing that I CAN go and afford enough food for my family, and that I AM ABLE to serve my family by making good meals, is humbling. Praise be to God for using simple things like this to remind us that we are cared for and safe! 🙂 Have a wonderful afternoon!

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  2. I don’t mind cooking, it’s the planning ahead and cleaning up afterward that leaves me not wanting to cook often. We moved earlier this year to accommodate my mom as she lives with us, and so we went from a large kitchen with a dishwasher to a very small kitchen with me, the dishwasher (we went from a large colonial to a split level w/ a complete in-law suite). A fork in the sink makes the kitchen seem cluttered. Working full-time away from home does make planning dinner tricky because while I am fine with a small salad or bowl of cereal, my husband likes a meal. Enter online grocery shopping and InstantPot. I am grateful for all of it. My kitchen may be small, but my mom has her own apartment-type space and she’s not living alone. And even when I don’t want to cook or have everything in the house, InstaCart and InstantPot help with that. Papa has provided win-wins for all things and I am ever so thankful for all of it (even the small kitchen)!

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  3. I like to grocery shop and cook when I plan ahead. I love online grocery shopping when I am busy. It saves me so much time and I can rest. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in this blog. When we remember how much God has blessed us, complaining and ungratefulness disappears.

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  4. Love this post, the reminder of not taking what seems simple and practical for granted! Although grocery shopping can become overwhelming and stressful it is necessary and we do need to be crazy thankful for it!
    I’ve gotten to where I order my groceries online through Walmart and then I go pick them up..I almost felt guilty over this at first BUT the conversations between myself and whoever brings out the groceries to my car have been such a blessing and shopping this way allows me to be more aware of how much I’m spending.
    As far as cooking, well as long as I have the ingredients I don’t mind. I struggle often with coming up with ideas for meals though:/

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  5. Thanks, Brenda, for the reminder to focus on being grateful. I’ve started the practice of listing to God the things I’m thankful for at that moment–a house, a car, running water (and yes, hot running water), clothes, shoes, books, kitchen table, that I can appreciate the beauty of nature, for friends and fun things to do–it does make me more appreciative of what I have and I’m not focused on things I don’t have. I’m content, and my stress/anxiety level goes way down.

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  6. I don’t enjoy shopping of any kind. But if I must shop (and everyone must), I guess I’d say I prefer grocery shopping. However, I’ve been doing the grocery shopping for one of my daughters this past month after she had her baby, and that is much harder! Shopping for someone else adds another level of complexity to the task. 🙂 But still, we are SO blessed to have so many options here; I should never complain.

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  7. I am thankful for my new stove that my brother got me for my birthday. This year, I can invite my son and family over for Thanksgiving and I’m thankful that I can actually cook a turkey. God is so good!

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  8. I enjoy them all — cooking, baking, shopping. But then so did my mom. Can you inherit such a thing? That weird, huh. Even though she is in an independent living place she still loves to look at cookbooks and visit grocery stores.

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  9. We have so much to be grateful for. It is something we need to always remember when comes a tendency to whine about some trivial everyday things.
    Thankyou for this beautiful reminder to be thankful everyday and that we are indeed blessed.

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  10. I don’t mind shopping, but I’m burned out on cooking. I cook ALL THE TIME. Tonight I made something new, well same old ingredients, but I changed it up. Instead of cooking whole pork chops, I cut the meat off the bone and then cut it into strips. The kids were happy. I made a stir-fry out of it. But I try to remember , like you, to be thankful for the food and the kitchen and the family. 🙂 But, I didn’t realize that you work! What do you do? I guess I thought you were a SAHM.

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  11. I don’t mind grocery shopping 🙂 I enjoy doing it, for the most part. I also enjoy cooking, for the most part. I am grateful to have children who wash the dishes for us! I am very grateful for having the option to go grocery shopping. Even when I need to be very careful with our grocery budget, at least I have a budget! I am also VERY grateful for hot running water. We have had issues with our pump for varying lengths of time. It always helps to put LOTS of things into perspective for me and makes me that much more grateful when all is working again. I could keep listing things, but keep in mind that I have to be mindful of my thankfulness. Otherwise I can quickly become unsatisfied with everything around me. 🙂 Thankfulness is a daily practice! God Bless!

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    1. yes 🙂 🙂 the moment we start the cycle of being grateful and thankful, the list can become never ending 🙂 🙂 As winter approaches, much faster than I like, I am indeed thankful for hot running water 😉 I pray that your pump maintains itself

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  12. I was homeless at one time, and God provided all I needed for my son and me. God has brought me far from that. I am grateful for my husband who is very good at providing and protecting, and who also has a God-given gift in his eyes for seeing forward to our needs.

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  13. After my time as a missionary in the Philippines I always thank God when I step into the shower for hot, clean water accessible by just turning on the tab. And I thank God for the refrigerator that allows us to be able to shop for meat just once a month or every other week instead of going to the market daily to get meat. And for our grocery stores where we don’t have to cast away flies from our meat purchase.

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