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A Peek Inside the Parsonage

When our girls were growing up there were many “lean” years, financially speaking.  The Lord always provided for us, but we often did without special food items, or conveniences, and stuck strictly to our grocery list and immediate needs. There was no ability to stock the pantry or buy ahead while things were on sale, but I truly wouldn’t trade those years for anything.  We learned to trust the Lord and pray about everything – grocery money, doctor bills, gas, school materials – everything.  God is so faithful.  While our pantry wasn’t overflowing, we had what we needed every day. 

During those years, I learned to buy wisely. I got into a routine that I still follow today. I still look for marked down meats, milk and other products.  I coupon at Ingles, where they double my coupons up to fifty cents.  I shop at Big Lots for many grocery items.  I buy some things at Sam’s Club in large quantities, when it is more cost effective.  Doing this now, I’m able to stock my pantry, fridge and freezer when I find things marked down.  I love being able to go to my pantry and pull off the items needed for a recipe without having to go and purchase very many other ingredients.

Recently at our ladies’ fellowship, the visiting dietitian shared a list of items with us that are good to keep in your pantry.  I thought you might be interested.  Of course, you’ll need to tailor this list to your family’s likes and budget:

  • Eggs
  • Canned light tuna and canned salmon
  • Whole-grain breads
  • Grated hard cheese, such as reduced-fat cheddar
  • Frozen or canned fruit and vegetables
  • Whole-grain cereal
  • Frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Canned beans, such as garbanzo and black beans
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
  • Milk (She recommended 1%)
  • Bread crumbs or crushed whole-grain cereal for breading
  • Olive oil
  • Marinara spaghetti sauce
  • Low-fat plain yogurt
  • Pasta, whole grain
  • 93% lean ground beef (freeze)
  • Ground 100% Turkey breast meat

Perhaps the situation in which you find yourself is like our earlier years.  You’re not living week by week, but day by day to see the Lord supply.  He promises to do that.  Don’t let yourself doubt.  Our God is able. I’m reminded of the words to a song about prayer entitled, “It Pays To Pray.”

It Pays To Pray

It Pays to call upon His name
It Pays To Pray
To see a miracle displayed
You’ll forget the word, “impossible”
When you seek the Savior’s face
You’ll know He will make a way
It Pays To Pray
 
A full pantry or one that has just enough shows that our God is faithful!

From my parsonage pantry,