Friday, January 15, 2016


                                       It is more blessed to give than receive. Acts 20:35

 Did you win the lottery? Me neither.  Yeah, I'm disappointed but here is my thinking on being a "loser in the lottery": I think having this kind of money could make one lazier, less creative, less motivated, and not any happier. So you've been saved from being a lazy, unmotivated, uncreative person who is not even happier than before. Hah! Lucky you! I've always been one to look on the bright side of things. 

The reason I say that is because many people would quit their jobs if they won the lottery. And if you quit your job, you might have a tendency to sit around, sleep in and not get as much'd get lazy.  If you're not liking your job right now, consider finding another job and not waiting until you win a lottery. Or better yet, figure out how you can enjoy the job you've got! You could find a job that you love so much that you would do it even if you had won the lottery! (update: I just heard that one of the lottery winners will keep working because she loves her job!)

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. People are creative and come up with ideas and invent or make discoveries because they need things or they need money. If you have enough money to have all your needs met without doing a thing, you would become less creative and less motivated. Most successful people have not come from money. They have had to earn it! And they have learned and gained strength by having to work for it as opposed to having money handed over to them. Other than Trump,  all the presidential hopefuls have come from childhoods where their family struggled and that was the motivation for working up to the point of wanting to be President!

And our happiness never comes from things. Our happiness comes from inside of ourselves where we choose to be happy no matter what our circumstances. Nothing outside of us can ever make us truly happy. Happiness is a choice we make no matter what our circumstances are.

So there you have it! You are so lucky if you didn't win the lottery! Let your creative juices go, choose happiness, get motivated and do what you love!

 OK But I did have $2 worth of fun dreaming of how I would spend it! Actually most of it I was going to give away! I mean, how much money does one need anyway? But I was going to have fun giving it away! So now I'll have to settle for giving smaller amounts away. Much smaller!

The Penny Project 

Even though we give 10% of our income, we look for  more ways to our time, our resources, and our money. One simple and painless way we are giving just a bit more money this year is that each couple in our small group Bible Study is saving pennies the whole year. We're calling it the "Penny Project". Each couple finds a container in which they will collect pennies for the year. At the end of the year we will pool our pennies ( turn it all into bills of course ) and give it away to someone in need. Sure we could all just write a check at the end of the year but this will show us just how far a few pennies every day will go. 

Why not try it for yourself with a group of friends? If you'd like to join the "Penny Project", just leave your name in a comment on The Penny Project Page above. Tell us how many people in your group are saving pennies. If you're saving alone that's OK too. Also blog about it and encourage others to do the same and come back here and leave their name also. Along the way I'd love to hear how things are going. At the end of the year it will be fun hearing the stories of who you gave your money to and what the response was. Even a smaller amount pooled together and given away could be like winning the lottery to someone! Well, maybe not quite but it's better than nothing! 

Let's see how creative we can all be with our giving this year and have fun doing it!

Gwen and Alma's

Here are some items I just added for sale in my Etsy Store, Gwen And Alma's...

Vintage ink well with pen holder

Covered dish and rustic bell with leather strap ( sold together )
Vintage lantern candy jar and darning tool ( sold together )

Vintage thermometer and butter pat mold ( sold together )
9 Assorted Valentines
Paper mache rabbit ( Easter postcard included )

                                                                  Check it out here!


  1. Winning a lottery is cool.
    But not winning is also cool.
    Good post.

  2. Very motivating post. Indeed the easy money make people lazy, while the hard-earned ones make us persistent. Still I've checked Oz lotto results in Australia and found out that most of the big winners were helpful for others and the society, which is not bad.

    1. Nice that there are some lottery winners thinking of others!Thanks for stopping by, Joyce!


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