Darlene Abbott | Music Mom

The Coupon Mom


I have met a few music artists, but I ‘ve never fallen over one, fainted over one, or even swooned. BUT last week I met the Coupon Mom. You may laugh but it’s the first time in my life I felt like screaming as she was introduced. Let me clarify that I did not scream. I was just plum giddy.  It’s a good thing I didn’t have to talk to her, I would’ve been tongue tied.  (I know some of you are thinking, “yeah right”.)

I discovered her website, www.couponmom.com, a little over a year ago.  I have been so thankful for her website and have had the privilege of helping others discover her coupon method too.  Last week I attended a conference and she was there as one of the speakers.  After listening to her story and how the website all came to be, I adored her even more. Folks, she is the real deal.  She is walking the talk that she talks.  The hand of the God was so evident in her story and she didn’t hesitate to give Him credit. Donating to charities and food banks is her motto.

If you have ever visited her website, the deals she finds for really inexpensive or free items, she will list “great for donating”.  She said that they did a poll among her website registrants and 85% of them donate to charities.  That is making a difference in the world.

The thing I love about her is that her website is free.  That sounds like I love it because you don’t pay for it, but actually it’s free because she desires to help people save money.

Please forgive me if you have read this and felt like it was a bit of “hero worship” that is not what I intended.  But it is very exciting to see someone living out their potential through Jesus Christ.  To see someone in the public eye whose talk matches their walk.  And she is just a mom like most of us.  It is encouraging to have her example.

If you even need some ideas to save money, I hope you will check out her website.  You do have to create a registration but it is free.   So check it out and enjoy!!


Practicing Obedience


At some point it is the desire of just about any living parent  to have their children abide by “first time obedience.”  To have our kids react and obey “the first time” they are asked or given instruction would be such a blessing.  Occassionally this happens and you pinch yourself to make sure it isn’t a dream.  Most of the time, however my children have to be asked more than once to do something.

I am blessed by having good kids, so in their defense, sometimes it is because they don’t hear me and sometimes because they don’t want to hear me. Sometimes they have their own agenda on their minds.  There are times I have the patience to recognize what the problem is and find a calm or creative way to deal with it. On other occassions my agenda and impatience prevent the presence of calmness or creativity.

The other day was one of those rather rare creative moments when the Lord provided me with an option after the kids didn’t obey.  I realized that I had always told the kids, “the Bible says, ‘Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.’ Ephesians 6:1,” without ever explaining the benefits or consequences of obedience.

After some Bible study I took time to do this, and I have noticed a bit of difference in my oldest child. This is not the last time we will have this lesson.  I know there will be many more moments together reminding them (or myself) what the Bible says about obedience.  It was a great reminder to me, to look to the Lord first when I don’t know what to do (2 Chronicles 20: 12). But more than anything, it was proof that practicing obedience to God does yield Godly results in my family. So the moral of the story is that demonstrating obedience will yield obedience. Christ says in John 15:5, “Apart from Me you can do nothing,” – that includes obedience.