More Abundance in a Lean Season

Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt “More” for the Five Minute Friday linkup.

My upcoming lean season will be abundant, not sparse.

I’m quitting my job and jumping into the freelance life on May 15. No income right away means more diligence, but I’m refusing to fall into the old trap of a scarcity mindset.

  • I’m shopping my own closet. How many shirts don’t get worn often enough? Plenty. Scarves fill my shelves and pants stack high. It’s time to introduce more variety to my wardrobe.
  • I’m shopping my own library. I have dozens of books waiting to be read, thanks to used book sales at the library. Not buying one more book until I’ve enjoyed at least ten of the reads currently collecting dust.
  • I’m shopping my own pantry. Getting creative with the sauces, condiments, pasta, and baking mixes lining the shelves. It’s time to use up what I have and dive into my cookbooks for more inspiration.
  • I’m shopping my own craft room. I love Hobby Lobby, but I’m refusing to step through the doors until I’ve created something new from my hefty stash. Nothing more unless it’s tape or thread to complete a project.

More diligence, more variety, more inspiration, more creativity. This sounds like the abundant life to which God calls me, not a life dominated by fear and fretting. I’m depending on him for provision, and I’m ready for a new adventure in abundance!

Questions for reflection:

Check your closet. How can you use what you have without purchasing something new next month?

Check your library (literal or virtual). Which book has been waiting longest on your to-read list?

How can you get creative with ingredients from your pantry this weekend?

What can you make with what you already have on hand in your craft stash?

Join me next week as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, read these related posts:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Read my first guest interview with Barb Bailey

Check out my post on finding beauty in the garden

Visit with Michele Morin, fellow blogger and gardener

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Weeding My Heart’s Garden

 

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  • Sarah, I honor your commitment to your writing goal and your faith that God will provide.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Michele. It’s a big step of faith, and I know God will carry me through!

  • Sabrina Houser

    Such a great message and important reminder. Look to what you have to fill you full. The more you bring in, the more clutter you create. Look to your life to fulfil it all.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks for your visit, Sabrina!

  • Sarah,
    So exciting the path God is leading you on! Such great advice to get creative with what we have. I’m going to take it.
    Stopping by via the #FreshMarketFriday Linkup.
    Praying you continue to sense God’s direction as you forage ahead in the great plans God has for you as you lead many and show the way.
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

  • Rachel

    What a great adventure you are heading into! That is awesome. I am proud of you for making that jump of faith. God will meet you in every step as you walk with Him! Your points are so true… we often look to get more when we haven’t even finished what we already have on our plate! Good reflection questions to ponder. Thank you! (Stopping by from FMF) Happy Friday to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Rachel, glad to link up with you at FMF. Thanks for your words of encouragement!

  • Sarah,
    So exciting the path God is leading you on! Such great advice to get creative with what we have. I’m going to take it.
    Stopping by via the #FreshMarketFriday Linkup.
    Praying you continue to sense God’s direction as you forage ahead in the great plans God has for you as you lead many and show the way.
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl
    xoxo

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Sherry! Your prayers are much appreciated. This next step is scary yet exciting. Glad to linkup with you at Crystal’s blog this week!

  • Andréa Lane

    Yes! We could all do a little more shopping in our own homes, couldn’t we? Good luck with your new adventure! I hope it is successful and full of God’s abundance.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Andrea!

  • Bettie G

    May the Lord bless you as you step out in Faith following your Master Gardener! 🙂 Loved these thoughts here today on how to be good stewards with what we’ve been given!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Bettie, yes, I will be learning better stewardship principles in this next season!

  • Naomi Fata

    I too have been reminded of the clothes in my closet that I don’t wear enough, as spring is here I have had the desire to go find some fresh pieces of clothing at the store but as I look at what I have I often find that there are things I don’t wear much because they don’t fit just right. I alter other peoples clothing as a business – sometimes I just need to invest a little time in altering my own😀

    • Sarah Geringer

      That’s funny–I can relate. Sometimes what we do to serve others is what we overlook in serving ourselves. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love the path you are heading on Sarah. It is so important to follow God;’s leading in our lives. I know He you will show the abundant life that He promises for those who diligently seek Him. Thank you for sharing your revelation with us. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Blessings to you also, Horace. Your kind words made me smile!

  • Calvonia Radford

    Sarah! I accept your challenge. I am guilty of neglecting what God has already blessed me with in search for more. I’m sure I have somethings that need re-purposing in my house as well. Here’s to new recipes and a “new outfit”. Blessings to you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Calvonia, I’m accepting the challenge today too by getting creative with pantry ingredients. It’s amazing how much I have now that my eyes have been opened in diligence.

  • Tara L Ulrich

    What great suggestions. I may have to join you in this challenge.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Tara, thanks for visiting! I have another category to add to this list: cosmetics and beauty products. I’m sure I won’t need to visit Bath & Body Works for a long time now, after one look through my cabinets!

  • I’ve taken this challenge myself, and it has lasted for several years. It’s amazing how creative and thrifty we can become when we want to.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Yes, Crystal, I find myself getting more thrifty every day I “shop” my own stuff! Thanks for visiting, friend!