The Three Wise Things I’ve Learned in Ten Years by M.W.King M.Ed.–August 2019

Dear Frugal Catholic Readers,

I thought I’d  written this blog for ten years because I have ten years worth of articles in here.  But upon looking more closely, I only became a blogger in 2012.  However, since I am 70 (and we all know how older folk forget), I am going to say this is my anniversary issue because The Frugal Catholic  published her first article in the Saint Cecilia Catholic Church bulletin on August 2009.  So Happy Tenth Anniversary to The Frugal Catholic blog!!!!

                                  Now what are those three wise things?

                                                   SILENCE  ROCKS

The first piece of  wisdom is “silence is golden.”  It really is.  During these 10 years,  I’ve watched family problems with all five kids, neighbor issues,  two sad divorces, dog biting incidents, financial challenges, and health  complications.  I wanted to say some very, very ugly things to some really nasty people (especially to the neighbor whose dog bit ours three times).  But I didn’t.  And now that all of the above situations are better, I don’t have to take back anything I said BECAUSE I DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING.  Amazing!!!

But how did I keep my fat mouth shut?  Oh, this is the really good part.  Well, I kept constantly silently saying the “Hail Mary Prayer.”  “Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen” Must have silently  said that prayer a billion times during these 10 years when my lips were sealed.  Thus,  a good self-control formula is:  SHUT MOUTH+ HAIL MARY PRAYER = SELF CONTROL

a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
“The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”
                                                           LOVE WORKS

The second wise truth I learned is “When you want to hurt someone,  love on them instead.”  One of my children really gave my husband and me a huge zinger in her behavior.  I wanted to tell her how ashamed I was of her and how she had disgraced the family, but silence prevailed.  And a  wise friend, Lyssa Froud, who had gone through something similar with her daughter said, “Just love on that child, Martha, all you can.”  So I did.

And you know what?  By me being silent and loving on that child, God changed her.  I couldn’t have changed a thing, but my silence and love gave our heavenly Father the chance to do His work.

                                        CHANGE ALWAYS HAPPENS

And the third piece of wisdom is “Nothing will be the same in a  year from now.”  My husband’s cousin, Janice Encalada,  thoughtfully  shared this piece of information when we were thrown into that ‘zinger period.’   She said, “Martha,  I don’t know what is going to happen, but one thing I do know: Nothing will be the same in a year from now.”

And you know what?  She was right:  Everything was changed for the better.  Thank you Jesus!!!

So thank you faithful The Frugal Catholic readers for reading ten years worth of thoughts.  And  remember  that the very best Frugal Catholic of all is YOU!!!


Hello world!

Hello Frugal Catholics, or those of you dear folks whom have been led here.  Welcome to my site.  This is a site where my previously published articles can be found and hopefully you will contribute your inspired frugal and Catholic ideas.  I am a 70 year old mother of five children and wife of 39 years to Captain Michael King, USN, Retired, and Grandmother of three.   I homeschooled  all of my offspring for 22 years.

As a bit of history, I was born a Protestant and  raised in the Presbyterian Church, and  I committed my life to Christ on June 20, 1976, at the age of 27.  Since that time I have loved and served my Lord Jesus the best I know how; but I have always felt that something was missing– a sacredness, a home, an unchanging faith and an adherence to  morals in this turbulent society–a place where I could walk into a church (anywhere in the world) and find the same worship.  Those were issues I struggled with, and as you can read from my first article posted on August 30, 2009, I found those issues resolved when I set foot in our local Catholic Church–Saint Cecilia Catholic Church here on Bainbridge Island WA.  I came HOME, not just to a building, not even to a faith, but to the Bride of Christ, His Church.  I had the Bridegroom (Jesus), now I have His Bride, The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church–THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Since coming into The Catholic Church, so much more of my daily  Bible reading is making sense, and I find a new hunger in wanting to receive my “Daily Bread” through the Eucharist.  I feel like 2000 years of knowledge have unfolded on me, and for that I am so grateful to the many devoted Catholics who have upheld the faith so I can now hold it.  Likewise too, I am grateful for my Protestant upbringing which has fed me to this point.  Praise to God for the path He put me on.  May your life be blessed greatly, and may you be held in the palm of His hand on your journey for Catholicism and frugality.

The Frugal Catholic

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