“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing?
6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?
6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
I do a lot to save Pete and I money from home, especially in the kitchen cooking from scratch. And this year I was planning on trying all sorts of new things, like baking bread for Pete's sandwiches, sprouting seeds, hanging laundry out to dry (I was getting the hang of that one), and maybe even making keffir from scratch. But January I seemed to manage to catch every flu and cold bug going around, and am having to still force myself to rest because I managed to develop bronchitis! So if I can keep up with the dishes and the laundry (not line dried!), I am happy. Meals from scratch are mostly out the window (I hope you don't sick of kosher hot dogs babe!), and instead of squirrling away money by my delicious frugal cooking I've been spending it in droves on organic carrot juice and antibiotics! Then on top of that, Pete found out he had to get almost a thousand dollars worth of dental work done over the next several months.(Pete's Mom - if you read this - please don't worry - we are doing fine! Just not giving Sallie Mae any extra nickels and dimes for the moment).
I have been tempted to be worried about all of this extra money spent (and not saved or used toward debt), but since my bronchitis and Pete's fillings and crowns are clearly outside of our control, we decided we would actually pray and ask for God to provide. And you'd think that after years of being a Christian, answered prayer wouldn't shock me, but it still does! Pete got a call Monday night asking if he wanted to teach an online section of "Biblical Hermeneutics" at the seminary he periodically picks up classes at. He has taught this class already, so it is not too much extra work for him, and it covers the bulk of the work that needs done on his teeth.
My point is this - it is good for homemakers to work hard to save their families' money. But in times of illness or emergency, it is not always possible to do as well at this as you would like. And ultimately, it is God who provides for us, and our confidence should be in Him, not in how many pennies we can save through hanging laundry on the line or baking bread from scratch.