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October 19, 2009

Contentment

Filed under: Houses, Jesus — sashyjane @ 8:45 am

I’m finding it increasingly harder to just be content in the Lord and not get frustrated and upset when I see things I want but can’t have.

For example, I would love to have a beautifully decorated house with built in bookshelves that look like this.

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And a big backyard with a fun set up like this.

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And throw pillows made from this fabric.

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But alas, I don’t have any of those things and I feel so unsatisfied when my house isn’t perfect, I don’t have gorgeous outfits and I don’t have 10,000 blog followers. However, even if I did have those things, I still wouldn’t be satisfied.  My satisfaction doesn’t come from a pretty house or cute clothes. It only comes when I’m resting fully in the assurance that I have a God who loves me enough to send His very own Son to die for my sins.

So why do I still chase worldly things that will never satisfy me? For some silly reason, I’m believing the lie that these earthly trinkets will satisfy me and bring me joy. They do bring me some joy, for a minute, but they can never satisfy me the way Jesus can.

I’ve been wrestling with this more and more recently. I think looking at these pretty magazines and blogs has added fuel to the fire when it comes to my materialistic heart. I’ve begun praying that the Lord will show me how to use my blog without looking to earthly things to fill me up. Any suggestions?

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me;  hear, that your soul may live;  and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,  my  steadfast, sure love for David.” -Isaiah 55:1-3

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4 Comments »

  1. I understand how you feel because there is so much I would love to have in my home, but can’t for so many reasons. Money the main one. So I feel like, do I need them??

    But I have to look at this a little differently. I was an artist all my life with no direction. Graduated and got a real job and a house. I was in a funk for a few years where I didn’t feel creative or knew who I was anymore. I discovered the blog world and felt like I reinvented myself.

    I don’t use material items to make me happy. I use my creativeness to build something great. A home. I am not sure if this is what you are looking for. But I feel like I am the old me again. I think that is really want God and Jesus want in us. To create a life that is our own and makes us happy.

    Comment by Danielle — October 19, 2009 @ 10:25 am

  2. Oh my word, I know! I wonder if I’ll ever stop decorating this house.

    I love your blog – keep up the good work!

    Take care,
    Jena Simonds

    Comment by JENA — October 19, 2009 @ 10:39 am

  3. Oh, Honey! That pillow…TDF!

    But I understand where you are coming from for sure. I think it’s because we’re in a fallen world and we so often search for something to elevate ourselves (ie. why I want new clothes and home furnishings, and to win everything), we basically (or I do, at least) want glory for ourselves. I find myself so consistently forgetting how good God is and trying to find satisfaction in things that are good, but not Him. They always fail me. There are never enough blog comments, never enough new shoes, never enough compliments, etc. I think it’s going to be a lifelong battle to believe the truth that Christ is so far and away better than all of the earthly things, no matter how good they are, and that only He can truly satisfy. As long as we live in a fallen and sinful state on earth, I believe we’ll have to fight that tendency.
    I appreciate your transparency about that struggle. It’s encouraging to hear that others are having to fight the same things that I do.

    Comment by Susie — October 19, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  4. That is so true!! I try to tell myself it’s not getting what you want, it’s wanting what you have. I think that is from a Sheryl Crow song. I’m going to try to do better…right after I find some new cute fall clothes!

    Comment by blue hydrangea — October 20, 2009 @ 9:52 pm


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