When I Began living on a smaller income at first I joined the ranks of many who would complain about the reduction in their economic status. But as necessity is the great inventor, I began to become quite innovative and creative about how I could get the things I Needed without too much difficulty or fiscal frugality.
One of the ways I was, and still am, able to obtain household items I needed was off the side of the road at throw-out times. Quickly I realised this (free) untapped mine of abundance. I even began writing lists of exactly what I needed and can still recall the first time I ever did this. I felt a touch foolish but I Wrote down everything I thought I needed and took that list with me around every pile. Yes, I got everything on it and even that was not the most amazing part. The first time I made my list there was one item I had not found and it was seven o'clock at night, as I drove back in my drive shaking my head and thinking, oh well, one thing didn't show up, I got out of my car I walked back to shut the gates, and there it was, just being put out!
After a few years of this, I began to test it out by not only asking for specific things but sticking a time frame on it as well, 'I need a chest of drawers and a piece of mattress foam for my back, and an old fashioned doll pram, now, today.' Bang! There was that chest of drawers only two doors up that afternoon, the foam mattress and dolls pram just the next street away. I was gobbed smacked. And some might say that the following example was the most important one, yet it was really only a faith conformer that all my needs could and would be met if I asked and then let go. I had written down I wanted five dollars, not just five dollars, but I wanted to find it 'blowing in the wind' that was what I wrote. Less than seven days after I wrote that down it came to me, blowing right across my path, only it wasn't five dollars, it was fifty. I didn't even need to pick it up as its appearance was all that was needed to confirm that not only was I being listened too, I as being supported without having to obsess and try.
But then something else happened as I fulfilled my need for possessions, I lost it. Not the knack of finding these things, but the desire to want any more stuff. All this asking had really only been the beginning of me learning to trust that God would supply to me all I needed if I asked and then let go. My deep desire was not, is not, to own lots of things or indeed anything, but to walk with nothing but faith. Faith that all my needs will be taken care of, and so far this is working, even though I have been very tentative about simply 'letting go and letting God' it has been singularly the most important thing I have done in my life.