Lately, I was caught up in a re-do project of my house and found items in my home that hadn’t been used in a while and were still of good use. It made me think about life and why I even wanting to change the room around in the first place. Yes, it needed to be more functional and usable but, was there more to this than met the eye? I began to search my heart and I realized I was not satisfied. I asked myself again, why? I had to admit it was because I wanted a certain look and feel to the home. I wanted style, like I had seen in others homes before and I wanted more. Plain and simple!
This is not always a bad thing. We need to grow. It is not wrong having nice things.
What I was facing with the thoughts of my heart though, was more than that. If I looked around, I had lots of very nice things. Yet, these were not satisfying me anymore. So, why was it not?
I was not focusing my heart on intentional things. Here is a list of 5 Tips that will help you to focus on the best parts of life so that you can be satisfied with all the God has already given you….in your home!
DON’T COMPARE WITH THE WORLD, COMPARE WITH THE WORD!
Open the word of God and focus on what He wants for you. What He says is beautiful and compare yourself to His standard only. Once we steady are eyes back on the things which really matter and set them towards Heavenly things, our worldly possessions don’t seem to matter as much. My husband came back from ministering in the Philippines where he had no running water, no electricity in some houses or it was hanging on the ground outside of the tiny huts and told me that we were simplifying our home. What he was saying is that we have so much and it doesn’t matter in life, what you have, the souls God touched through his ministry, our children, God’s purpose, meant so much more to him after that trip. But, it doesn’t have to stay there…we can glean from that and be satisfied with those same principals here!
BE A GOOD STEWARD & ENJOY WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE!
Being a good steward is tending to the things that need to be done. Fixing little things right away. Making sure items don’t become too damaged or worn. Recently, I almost threw away two dress pants because the aren’t hemmed. I am very short 😀 I wanted to buy new pairs instead. Then I realized, why don’t I get them hemmed? This is being a good steward. It cost less. I can use them then and I won’t have to waste more time in trying to go shopping for new ones that probably won’t fit and I would put aside to later buy more again! So, hem your pants, polish your silver (if you have any…I don’t!), move your room around and see if what you have already works for the room, get creative and use old jars for organizing, polish your wood and stainless steal, get those spots out of clothing, and paint the chips on the walls! (also get a magic eraser because those seriously work wonders!)
Once you do this. You will start to enjoy your home again and be satisfied with what you already have.
PRAY FOR THINGS INSTEAD OF COVETING AFTER THEM!
God is faithful to his word and the desires of your heart do not go unnoticed. Believe me, I know. However, they do come in God’s timing and not our own. This sometimes detours us from going about it in His way. I can attest though to God’s provisions in something that you or someones else might find silly but, God knew it was a desire in my heart. THrough patience, I received it. There was this one pretty hand-knitted out fit I so wanted for my brand new baby girl. We couldn’t afford it at the time. So, I prayed that if God wanted, I could have that to put His little girl into. I was content with not getting it as well but, left the results up to Him. This little girl turned 10 months and finally we ended up having a baby shower for her. I completely forgot about my little request and lo and behold, God did not! There in a simple package was the most surprising gift. That hand-knitted outfit.
If we humble ourselves to His will and plans and are satisfied with any result. God sees that and honours it. I think if you ask for a million bucks or all your neighbours things, you might be waiting a long time for those desires lol! But in humility and grace, with a heart that wants to exalt God and Him alone; those small things, He will take note of and I believe, delights in giving His children good gifts, like any good father would!
GET INVOLVED IN CHURCH, MINISTRIES, COMMUNITY!
Next time you want coffee with the most chicest of the ladies, go to their house to bless them instead of checking out their latest style and taking mental notes. Minister to them. If this is too hard for you, then seek others to minister to so that you are not tempted to living up to their standard only. Be an individual that is a servant of God. Serve in different volunteer ministries of your community. This helps us to break us out of our comfort zones and gets us out there focusing on other people rather than our house.
GET ORGANIZED & KEEP BUSY BY DOING CHORES!
OHHH, just hearing those words makes me cringe! I am guilty of this. I like to dream and plan and seldom follow through. I have a hard time being organized. You can read all about that here. But this is an important part. I don’t mind chores, but picking up after 7 people is dreadful…especially the laundry. Yet, if I am honest with myself, the reason I am most often discontented with my home is because it is not functional, organized or clean. On my best days, I love being in my own home. Other days, I want to run far, far away and pretend I live with Martha Stewart. I can not afford a housekeeper and so it is up to me! If I maintain this area better, I will be more satisfied with living in my home and that goes for you too 😀 We can work on this area and be imperfect together!
1 John 2: 15-17
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ESV
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