I have fallen into the trap more than once. "I can't be fully content until I have this. This will help solve everything." And aren't we in the right season for the gimmies? Even the sales lure us in. I know they do for me. We decide we will be happy if we could just have that one thing. That's the problem with stuff. It's fulfillment is but temporary before we find ourselves wanting the next thing and promising ourselves to be content once we have that.
It's a vicious cycle and we never fully live where we are. We're always looking ahead to the next thing we can have to satisfy us.
This includes tools we believe will help us as wives, mothers, homemakers, and homeschoolers. That doesn't mean that God won't (or doesn't) bless us with these things, because we know He does.
God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8
But it's not something He desires for us to continue to dwell on and live discontented with. We will never rest if we are constantly wanting more.
Today we hear a philosophy of happiness that's actually been training us for a long time not to be happy. It says there's always something else, something more, some additional requirement we need before we can really enjoy life the way it was mean to be enjoyed. -The Resolution for Women, pp. 17-18
With as many times as we've heard how important it is to be content, to give thanks, to live fully where we are---how many of us are practicing this regularly? Daily? Hourly?
I am not. But I am pursuing...and will continue so. I have my one thousand gifts journal and I will give thanks, even when it's painful; even when I don't feel like it. I want to look deeper than the surface and recognize all is grace.
All is grace.
It wasn't until recently I really understood what that meant. Click here if you're reading in this in a reader or through e-mail so you can watch this video:
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