Freebies!, Provision, Shopping


There have been a few fun samples in the mail lately, mostly shampoo, and a very nice sample pack of Huggies organic diapers. Those will be perfect for my new granddaughter, who will be arriving in late October.

Walgreens has changed their promotional system, and so far it doesn’t seem to be quite as profitable for me. I probably just need to get used to it — and be grateful for those freebies instead of whining about them. I was able to collect quite a bit of HBA for the food bank recently.

It’s been a tight time for ministries — remember them while you are shopping!  You may not need that free dandruff shampoo or denture adhesive, but there are people who do.  Feminine hygiene products are in short supply at the shelters, too.  This is an easy and affordable way for us to feed and clothe the Christ’s lambs when we don’t have money to donate.

Miscellany, Provision

The jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry

1 Kings 17:2-16

…The word of the LORD came to Elijah:  “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan.  You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.”  So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.  Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.   Then the word of the LORD came to him:   “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.”   So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”  As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”   “As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”   Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.   For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.’ ”   She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.  For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.