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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I am still learning.”  Michelangelo

This weekend I decided I would try to take a step into the world of coupons. There have been a few things that I have used coupons for, mostly because they had been sent to me in the mail. I have never ventured into the true coupon world, searching, clipping, getting free stuff from coupons. I thought what a great way to help keep my grocery bill down and I know that would make my husband happy! I bought the Sunday paper, actually I bought two, and last night I sat down to start searching through it. I clipped out a good amount but I did not feel like it was substantial. A lot of what I found were the accessories like deodorant, shampoo and things like that. Those coupons are wonderful and will save me money but I was really hoping for more things that were for food to help the regular grocery bill. I also found myself a little overwhelmed and confused. I mean when flipping through the pages I saw ones that actually said coupon, then I saw ones that advertised a special sale… so are those coupons you take to other stores to try to price match or are they just something you now know a store is selling and that’s it? I pretty much decided that I have no idea what I am doing! I have also begun to look online for some coupons but have found a few things here and there, nothing crazy awesome. I know that if I stick with it I will find myself getting awesome deals and saving money not to mention I will begin to actually understand it, but I must have patience. It’s never easy stepping your foot into something new that you have no idea what you are doing, but with a little patience and lots of questions it all comes together. So I have decided to be patient, which means here come my questions… how does this all work? Do you coupon, if so where do you find the best coupons? Am I even doing this thing right?

When I think about raising my children and teaching them the most important lessons, I have realized that my children will be my legacy. With that in mind I started to think about what kind of legacy would I want to pass on? What do I want my children to learn most from me? There are so many things that I want to pass on to my children, but here are my top ten things that I want my children to learn from me…

  1. Love God with all your heart and put him first in your life
  2. Turn to God first in all areas of your life
  3. Seek out what God’s plan and vision is for your life and follow it
  4. Be a world changer! Make an eternal difference in the lives of people they meet
  5. Find what you are passionate about and pursue it
  6. Be an example by the life that you lead (do not live by the saying “do as I say, not as I do”)
  7. Live a life of compassion, help those that are in need
  8. Do not take for granted the blessings God has given
  9. Trust God with all areas of your life, do not try to do it on your own
  10. Keep God at the center of your life, including the center of relationships with family, friends and spouse

“But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—” Psalm 103:17 (NIV)

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)