Why Shopping Will Never Satisfy

Why Shopping Will Never Satisfy

March 14, 2014

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

We only had ten days to get everything packed and ready for the movers. Shipping boxes, wrapping paper and rolls of tape were everywhere. Every room called for attention, and I didn’t know which direction to go first.

With a squeezing economy and company cutbacks, our family made the hard decision to sell our home and do some major downsizing. Deep inside I knew it was the right choice, but the process was hard. Although I tried to put on a happy face, my heart was aching.

Dragging myself from room to room, the amount of accumulated stuff overwhelmed me. Clothes, furniture, linens, accessories and enough kitchen appliances to open a diner filled every room.

As I viewed all the things left to pack, I thought about my past shopping sprees where I’d picked up so many of the items. The early-bird door busters and all those neon yellow clearance stickers lured me in. The endless rows of shiny metal racks, boasting 50-percent-off treasures sealed the deal.

I had prided myself thinking of all the money I saved buying everything on sale. Who was I kidding?

The truth was our checking account balance was shrinking, yet I kept wanting new things and buying more. All the while, insisting these were purchases we “needed.”

But now, all of these bargains had to be boxed up, moved and put into storage. My “treasures” had become burdens. As I looked around at all the clutter, I wondered if it was my heart, not my home, needing to be de-cluttered.

It was time to make some major adjustments in my thought life and begin living out today’s verse in Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”

God spoke to me that day with gentle conviction that it was time to stop making excuses for buying so much and be content with less.

Kneeling in my storage room, I prayed and asked God to forgive me. I told Him I wanted to change but I needed His help. The process wasn’t easy, but it was necessary.

Ten days later when the movers arrived, everything was boxed and ready to go. Instead of heading to a storage facility, we delivered many of those boxes to a local children’s home in desperate need of household items and clothing.

It felt freeing to give away more and keep less. To experience the Giver instead of holding onto the material gifts. To trust the Provider and stop worrying about having enough. To simply be content.

Maybe you struggle sometimes with contentment too. Do you ever find yourself buying something you really don’t need? I know, it was probably on sale.

Perhaps God is asking you to keep less and give away more. To be content with what He’s given you and not feel like you have to buy more to be more.

Friend, don’t fall for the lies I did. Trust that God will provide what you need when you need it. If you have extra items, consider giving them away to someone in need and experience the freedom of being content with less.

Dear Lord, You know me better than I know myself. Help me to be content with what You’ve given me. Take away my cravings for always wanting more. Teach me to desire You above all else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do your past spending habits define who you are today? If so, you’ll appreciate Limitless Life, a new book by author Derwin Gray. We’ll be studying this book in May in our Online Bible Studies.

Click here to visit Leah DiPascal’s blog and find out how God challenged her to a 90-day shopping fast as she learned to be content in Him alone. You can also submit a prayer request and enter her drawing to win a copy of What Happens When Women Say Yes To God Devotional book.

Reflect and Respond:
In what areas are you least content? Write them down in your journal along with the two Scripture verses below. Pray and ask God to help you become content with what you have as you trust Him to provide all you need.

Get a box or kitchen trash bag and go through your closets. Place at least one item from each closet into the box or bag and take to a local charity.

Power Verses:
1 Timothy 6:6-8, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (ESV)

Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT)

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  1. Only God can satisfy our spiritual needs; nothing else can satisfy what we need in this world. Our spiritual needs can’t be fulfilled by things of this world, no matter just ho…w we think that’s possible. My husband, Ron Smith knows that I’m physically not strong enough to be independendent at all things, so he’s more than willing to help me in the physical areas of my entire lifetime. God knows where I am at spiritually, and it sometimes feels like the devil tells me that I can do everything without God’s help. 1 Timothy 6:6-8, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (ESV)
    Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT)
    “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
    I ♥ what this verse is saying. It’s definitely speaking to me. God wants me to keep my eyes on Him at all times because he’ll never leave or turn away from me. Money and worldly things aren’t going to satisfy me the way God is able to.
    Unless the item is something we need, my husband and I don’t buy it. We buy only the necessary things we need first-food and supplies for our leopard gecko, and drinks orfood for us, along with personal care items we may be out f. Anything we want to do or have doesn’t happen unless we’ve got the money; in that case, we saveup for something we really want to do or have.
    “Dear Lord, You know me better than I know myself. Help me to be content with what You’ve given me. Take away my cravings for always wanting more. Teach me to desire You above all else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”~Leah DiPascal
    My husband and I don’t want to always have more. Sometimes, it just so happens that someone blesses us with things we may not have, even though we know we can’t afford them at the time. For example, a friend left her entire dish set, complete with silverwear, for us before she passed away. We didn’t feel right about taking the dishwear; however, the family insisted that the woman’s dying wish was for us to keep what she’d left behind.
    1 Timothy 6:6-8, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (ESV)
    God can bless us with double things we give to others. If we give of our time to help others in need, we’ll be blessed in knowing that we’ve made someone else’s day. Giving our tithe as an offering up to God will multiply what we’ve given back to us many times mre than what we gave to begin with.
    Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT)
    If we seek God’s kingdom in a righteous way, God will provide us with all that we may possibly need in our entire lifetime. I can agree with this because God gavve me the very best husband in the world.See More

  2. Gillie Ruth says:

    This comes as a timely reminder of a journey we have been on over several years. We lost everything in recession in tthe 80s, and have been trying to catch up ever since. We have been provided for, but fought many emotional battles withour selves as we tried to keep it together as a family with a home to live in. Still we don’t own our home, but I have peace that God will, as I asked ‘look after me in my old age’. Sometimes we have gone on spending moments and felt great, well, it was a bargain! I buy too many things, even if they are cheap, and eBay is an absolute trap, so, now….we buy what we need only, and have gone back to our old lifestyle of being clever at making do creatively, it is very satisfying to solve a need for nothing, or cheaply with the most expenditure being brain power! I made a decision to buy NO MORE clothes, except for one for my dad to give me for my birthday! We are using everything out of our cupboards that we forgot we had. I have enough clothes to clean an entire car yard of cars! Tins of food bought on sale, books by the trailer load bought at 2or 3$ each, so many jackets, and our weather as been warming up so much I may never wear them, mind you, justified because they were cheap! I am going back to work part time in may, so my work wardrobe is what ever I have, mixed amd matched, until it all falls apart or doesn’t fit anymore. Having asked God to help us, we can’t, I believe, pray that genuinely without doing our best to be frugal, amd maintain our giving to Him. We work very odd hours and have little time off, so other than going places for walks and sight seeing, our special ‘something’ is a cup of coffee somewhere nice once a week or so. We do,of course buy to maintain our home and garden to a decent level, I think it’s false economy to let things run down, then have to spend a lot to catch up. Presents are a fun time, as we allow ourselves to buy nice things for family occasions, amd try to buy what will both be enjoyed and needed, and yes a little holiday, sharing a cabin with friends for a few nights – they are as frugal as us, so we have fun bargaining for out few days. We still need a break from a frantic lifestyle, so this is the best way. Our church has a caravan and camping club so twice a year for 2 or 3 nights in a cabin for us, we fellowship and have wonderful fun for very little, as mentioned above. Well,that’s my experience, and I don’t see my well off friends any happier for more money, i just wish sometimes that I had more cash to give away like I used to do. So now I spend time and sharing with those I can and pray God uses me as He will! A very tiring but satisfying life. 🙂

  3. ANONYMOUS says:

    OK. My family was forced to downsize our home two years ago because of job loss. We went from a sprawling 4 bedroom 3000 sq ft home to a 1400 sq ft 3 bedroom apartment and a 10×20 storage unit that costs us $200 a month! I want another house. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Jeremiah 29 speaks of bringing me home and plans of hope and a future. Today’s extra scripture: Seek ye first the Kingdom of God… I want the house to be one level or a townhome with a mastersuite on the first floor. I do have 3 specific zip codes that are acceptable to me. A sunny back yard for a garden and a front porch for a Cracker Barrel rocking chair. I believe God will give it to me (or better, because He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what I can ask or think). I am trying to wait patiently. But whenever I drive through the neighborhoods I would like to live in, I always wonder which street will it be? Do any people I know live nearby? When will God give us a new house? I feel a little anxious and sad because my kids are always very quiet and looking around at the houses when we drive through those neighborhoods. Most of their friends live there. Are they thinking about how they would love to have their old house back so they can have their own rooms and friends over? Do they feel inadequate compared to the people who live there? Recently, our rent has been late. We received an eviction notice. We sent the payment in time not to be evicted, but in the process, the two day mail took 6 days, we found we had an open court case because we didn’t send enough money the previous month (but no one brought that to our attention), it didn’t rain on eviction morning (the law says they can’t put you out when there’s precip). BUT GOD gave my husband a job where he ironically helps people with eviction notices. My husband called his sheriff friends and had us put to the bottom of the list for that day. We tracked the payment on eviction morning at 4am and it was at least in the same city as the payment office. Later that morning they payment was received, but we found out that the lawyers had postponed our eviction anyway. BUT GOD… I must admit, I was doubting. I had images of UHAUL trucks, me rushing my kids to my mother’s so they wouldn’t see our belongings on the sidewalk, me and my husband picking up our possessions that the maintenance workers haphazardly threw outside.So, what have I learned, even as I write this post? God is in control. Do not waiver in your faith. Be a good steward over what the Lord has given you and be content with the apartment you have. They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like Eagles. They shall run and not get weary. They shall walk and not faint. BUT GOD…THANK YOU GOD.

  4. For years I used my shopping habit–clothes, makeup, jewelry–to fill my “empty”, ease my panic, comfort me, fill in for an absent husband, etc. Now my house is stuffed. Really stuffed. An embarrassing mess.

    Then it was food, to soothe me after a failed operation to give me back my mobility and to still my soul after quitting smoking. Now my pants are stuffed and the scale shows it.

    It’s taking me a long time to get rid of the stuff and the pounds. I am paying for my idolatry of trying to fill myself with anything but God.

    Lord, give me the grace to remember you are sufficient. It’s still real hard sometimes, cuz the above emotional/physical situations haven’t changed. So change me and fill me Please..

  5. Gillie Ruth says:

    After we lost our house, cars, business and my husband his job, we moved in with my parents for 17 months. We has salvaged enough cash to put a deposit on a new build home of 950 sq ft, no garage or sheds etc, just a tiny front porch. We bought second hand carpet that a friend helped us lay, a friend gave us her old curtains, we put up a
    large second hand wire fence across,the block as we had 2litle boys and a dog. There was one car, I walked to the local shop and playgroup there was nothing else. All our furniture , although nice, was second hand and I became an expert second hand store shopper. We built a sand pit for our boys and erected a second hand garden shed. We bought on the edge of a new estate that had just started building and had no facilities to speak of. Sounds terrible doesn’t it? Well ot wasnt! But I was brought up by hard working frugal parents and I knew how to make do, and enjoy what I had. Several well to,do friends visited once, then never came back. I was embarrassed for them! My husband got a job, we bought an old car for me, and I could go back to part time work, this was with help,from my own not very well off parents. My in laws did nothing, not even visited. Eventually we were able to buy a mansion! A 1600 sq ft house with a garage in another estate. We still,live here today with our 2 adult sons, a cat amd a reasonable garden. We still,have much of that original furniture, amd I still cheap shop and use the thrifty ways taught me by my parents and grandparents. Our address is accidentally quite food cause our local council changed boundaries as the estate developed -that was an unlooked for bonus ! My sons work, one went to tertiary studies formtwomyears, the other straight into a job. Neither of them have fancy jobs, but those jobs are stable and pay for hard work. I loved my little house and the challenge of making the best of things, and I found who loved us more than status and money! God was with us all the way, amd my elderly father is still helping keep us afloat. I work part time as always, and know our old age-for which we have very little is in the Lords hands, as is my ill health and other issues. Just fet like sharing the reality of a family blessed enough to have a roof over their heads , great friends amd family, amd very little money! Praise God.

  6. Thank you so much for this message today. We downsized last year and I go thru times of longing for what I used to have. I was reminded of the bondage of debt and having too much to take care of and I snapped right out of feeling sorry for myself. God bless this ministry!

  7. Good idea Leah! I do this regularly. If it isn’t being used and has to be stored…………to the food bank it goes. I used to spend waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time sorting my ‘stuff”. That makes me think of the Veggie Tale video about Madame Blueberry. I so relate to that dear soul (I know……blueberries don’t have souls 🙂 in that I was so blue and the answer was not just shopping but shoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooping. I am thankful for God’s forgiveness and how He redeems the years the locusts ate in my life through that devouring addiction. It ate my money and my time…………..well actually………..it was God’s money and time and thinking of it that way makes a big difference in what you spend and what you do. I’m satisfied with Him now…………..don’t need the shoooooooooooooooooooooping to feel peace…………He is my peace!

  8. What an amazing since of humor our Lord has! I was sitting down to read my devotion, dreading the long day of packing ahead. I was actually contemplating dumping all this stuff in a box and dragging it 700 miles. Thanks for the intervention!

  9. On Dec 30th of 2009 my life changed drastically, what I’ve grown to know (15 years) was gone! The only items that I walked out with were the clothes that I wore and suit case with whatever I could grab and my bible and keys to our mini van. Newly built home, beautiful things inside that decorated the walls oh so pretty and that pottery barn comfy couch, that I desperately wanted for years GONE! It’s been over 4 years since that horrible day, but what did I learn from all those years of putting idols before my relationship with Jesus, that His plans are far greater than mine. Despite losing what I thought was happiness, He is rebuilding my life and there are some bumps, but I see the purpose everyday because I now wait on The Lord, prayerfully and not out of emotions. I don’t want things anymore and the desire to go shopping GONE, I don’t want things… I want to be closer to Jesus and let HIS PLANS reveal: Jeremiah 29:11 says it!
    So, in 6 months I will be graduating with my Bachelors in medical industry and I have been without a job the whole time, but The Lord has supplied my every need and I have a car, home, food, even little money in my wallet! Most of all He supplied me with the renewing of my thinking and lesson learned from this, not no lean on my own understanding, but to be still and wait on HIM even if its not within weeks or days.. We all want it now and that is not the way The Lord works…
    Amen

    • Lezli Jacob says:

      Thank you I needed to hear this too!
      The verse I try to live by is Trust in The Lord with all your heart and lean not on YOUR own understanding. Prov 3:5

      • You’re truly welcome! Keep pushing and Know that you are Loved with the greatest Love there is, just receive it and be okay with it… Losing everything sometimes means gaining more than what you had before.. (ironic).. Smiles~

      • That is my verse too!

    • Tille, thank you for sharing your story with our readers. I’m sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your home. It’s amazing to read how God brought you through that hard situation and strengthened you while rebuilding your life again. He does work all things together for our good! Blessings, Leah

  10. Thank you for posting this amazing devotional. It certainly ministered to my heart. This is one area of my life that I have not fully surrendered to the Lord. I LOVE shopping and since I’m single and with no kids – I find it even more reasonable to please myself with things that I like on a weekly basis, not thinking of the future. Praying that God will give me the strength, self discipline, and conviction that I need to be more wise with my money.

  11. Lezli Jacob says:

    This is so me!!! I was so unhappy in my marriage/life that I have shopped for years! I filed for divorce and quit my job and then lost another.
    17 months later I am still married but 14 months ago my husband turned to another woman I lost my job in Jan and God is amazing! I am learning to trust in Him! I know he has a bigger plan then I have.
    I needed to know that I’m NOT the only one like my husband tried to make me feel. Thanks!

  12. Three weeks ago, I sold/donated 90% of my earthly possessions, including my house. What I did keep are now sharing space with my mother’s car in her garage. For the next three months, I will be living by the grace of God alone. After that, I will be moving to North Carolina with nothing but a bed, a bible or two, and an antique cabinet.

    Oh to be free from all that disappointed me. All the objects that didn’t live up to the expectations I’d hoped it would fill. Oh to trust, that the Lord will provide all that I need. But only when I surrendered it all to Him, and I do mean ALL, did I truly find the kept promise of that scripture. He will provide all that we need, and along the way, He satisfies the desires of our hearts as well.

  13. This actually hit home pretty hard for me as I was reading it. This past week I have been boxing up my apartment in Kansas to move back to North Carolina while my husband is deployed. We leave next week for NC and my heart is so heavy right now. This will be the first deployment for us and I appreciate any prayers. We know we have to lean on God for our strength and peace of mind, but as each day passes and we get closer to having to say our goodbyes, my heart feels heavier. I’m trying to keep a Philippians 4:8 thought process and could really use prayers against the spirit of fear, doubt, and worry.

    • Krystal, I’m praying for you as God prepares your move to North Carolina and as your husband leaves for deployment. You are certainly embracing big life change, but remember that God will be right by your side every step of the way. Trust in Him to meet all of your needs for He is so faithful. May the joy of the Lord be your strength. Sweet Blessings, Leah

  14. Cynthia Salas Rodriguez says:

    Great devotional! Spring cleaning in session. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Well this just is what I needed today. This will be my third maybe fourth time that I have to tell my husband that I have overspent again (I am waiting for the right time). I am so scared to tell him and fear what he might say. I have turned to cash places to keep us afloat and it is so hard to get out from underneath those places, I need help. My spending or overspending was out of control. I never budgeted, even though we make enough money for our bills. Please help me in this situation. We have three children and it just kills me that I let the love of money take over my life. I know God has forgiven me many times, but this time is the worst and I promise the last. I have a good Christian husband but just the fear has overcome my life lately.

    • Hi Brandi, I’m praying for you today as I know how hard the spending addiction can be. But, I’m living proof that with God’s help you can overcome this area of struggle, just like I did. God will give you the strength and willpower you need as you seek and trust in Him. Continued prayers, Leah

  16. It is no coincidence I came across this blog post today. Just last night while reading Scripture God spoke to me about being content. I have chronic illness and He spoke to me about being in the place I am in.
    The Apostle Paul was content in whatever situation he was in. And he was in some pretty bad situations as we know.
    It does not mean I can’t desire to be healed or pray to be. But not be striving all the time, not have a complaining spirit.
    And yes I too have to be careful in accumulating ‘things’. Ten years ago we went from a house to an apt. So I really had to downsize big time. Most of the things I gave away. Some I sold. And I don’t really miss those things. But there are times I miss living in a house. But then I remember the problems in maintaining a house are not there in an apartment complex. Something breaks- call the manager. It is as simple as that.
    May God help us all to be content with what we have so that we may be able to give to others what we would spend on unnecessary things.

  17. This devotion definitely hit me. I really struggle with buying things and keeping them. I always declutter but it comes back and seems to multiply. I’m not sure why it’s such a struggle to let go of possessions but it’s a big area that I need to surrender to God.
    I think it also spills into my eating and weight problems. I can’t get enough food and I’m not letting Gods word fill me up and be content.
    Thank you for such a great devotion !

  18. Nicole R. says:

    Great post and we’ll written thank you 🙂

  19. This is the perfectly written and so true. I find as the years go by, I need less and less. Pass down those family treasures to the ones you love and donate things you are not using. The freedom leaves you more time for God and a wonderful, peaceful feeling.

  20. Christine P. says:

    Thank you for this timely Word. My husband works in a marketing dept. that seems to be in constant spiritual warfare. Our family asks for prayer- for idols to fall, for God’s miracles, for those oppressing him to leave company. He is an excellent worker, only known evangelical Christian in his area, and would like to stay at company. 3 coworkers make life miserable for him. It affects our family and health, too. Thank you, fellow pray-ers!

  21. Christine P. says:

    And I am purging “stuff”… esp. on my heart to be freed from baggage. Still working on “why” I’ve hung onto it this long? 🙂

  22. Linda McClellan says:

    I know what it’s like to get myself in a predicament like you did. Last year I got started in buying online and ran up three credit cards to a total of about three thousand dollars. I’ve now consolidated them onto one card. I bought clothes, jewelery and books, not expensive but it added up. I know God will take care of all my needs but I guess I thought I was being thrifty by finding good deals. With God beside me I have mostly quit except for books. I just bought my daughter a Bible for her birthday and found my favorite version leather bound and on sale so yes, I bought it but paying the bill off next week. I am putting the two scriptures you gave by my bathroom mirror. Thank. you I really needed to hear this and would love to have the devotional. God bless you!

  23. An hour ago I posted on Facebook “Just when I think I am going to get caught up I get kicked in the butt”. I checked my email and was deleting old emails and came across this devotion….as usual God makes His presence know to me. Thank you for this…just at the right time as always!

  24. Debbie Owen says:

    How can I even begin to thank you !! This has been my heart cry for years. I want it to stop. I want Him to be enough, because He is enough. I am grateful for you having put in words what my inner voice has been saying. It is encouraging and gives me hope and motivation.

  25. It’s hard to really see what we have instead of taking it for granted. My husband turns our clothes hangers backwards when he hangs up the laundry (yes, he’s an angel). Anyway, he says that if I have any clothes hangers still backward after one year, those clothes need to be donated before I buy any more. It sure keeps me aware of “needing” and “wanting.” When I think I “need” new clothes, those backward hangers are always staring right back at me! 🙂 This has helped me be more content with what I already have.

  26. Yes! He has been telling me for a year now. We have more than we need. And as we look at moving to Haiti as missionaries, I am overwhelmed by how much we will have to get rid of as we will only be taking what we can fit in a few suitcases. Scary to think of starting over in a third world country. But I will do it in a heart beat if it means doing what God has called us to. Caring for the orphans and poor. I am slowly widdling down our possessions. They really do mean nothing in the grand scheme.

  27. I really really needed this devotion today that I read it once this morning and again just now. In 2010 our business, home remodeling, really plummeted with the economy. We closed up shop and my husband got another job and our pay plummeted to but grateful we could eat. We tried for 3 years for the bank to work with us to modify our mortgage and to help us but that has not happened. In 2012 we reopened our business and God has so blessed our business by 10X. We started doing the Dave Ramey Financial Peace 3 years ago when things had turned upside down and can not believe all the things we had done wrong. We just bought a foreclosed home a mile away from where we live and the house has no copper pipes, no heater and 7 feet of water in the basement, no electric and with the water heater, furnace and electrical box floating in the frozen water. This is the house that we could pay cash for and that we could afford. We bought this house on Tuesday and Tuesday was also the day our home of 9 years went to the sheriff sale. We have 60 days to get the new home back to living conditions since it was a Fannie Mae. Also this past Tuesday the Sheriff Sale sold our home that we are currently. I feel empty inside of being afraid but I know God gave us the home that we could pay cash for and gave my husband the talent to remodel the new/old house. Please pray for my family. We have 2 kids in college and one in school still. I feel embarrassed and that so many people will judge me and my family. I am so humble and grateful in every way. I know my God has a plan and God says in Matt. 11:28 Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. With our house that we are still in we will have 30 days to move and our new house will not be finished in time. This part is heavy on me to. Two moves and working hard on getting the new place ready and packing and purging and gossip that will be spread about our family. I just cling to the Lord that my family will get through this. This was not on my master plan at all for this to happen so I know God’s plan is bigger. Please pray for our family and I thank you for this devotion today and all the people that put posts up today that they opened there hearts and there lives that there are other people out there struggling like me to show me that I am not alone.

    • Gillie Ruth says:

      Having been through a forced down, down, down size, our family soon found out who our real friends were! Starting with God, well, who can top that!? Hold your heads high as Children of the King, and appreciate that you really have experienced, Christ and his mercy. Don’t be embarrassed, just feel a little pity, as people often fear for themselves when they see others in difficult times.to give things away is to make a other persons life better. Just think, if we did our excess spending to specifically donate things to others…how we would doubly enjoy the experience, have no guilt, amd someone worse off than us will be provided for! Win/win for God?

      • Thank you for your sweet response. I needed to hear something back. I am so sorry you had to go through this yourself. It is so humbling!!!!! You are so right, you do find out who your real friends are and I am so blessed God chose us to be his children. We have donated so much and that part does feel good knowing its going to a good home or in a place of need. The five of us, My husband myself and our 3 children, have become so much closer and we truly know that God is in control. We all pray more and really don’t ask for much and have lots of family time together with no complaints. Lots of blessings in a hard times. I know God will see us through and I will have a good strong day and then the next be overwhelmed again and not be able to handle all that we have to do and what all lies ahead of us. I really try not to overwhelm my husband with this because he has his hands so full with the new/old house through this renovation. Prov.3:5 says Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on YOUR understanding. Thank you again for your response to me Gillie Ruth. That meant so much to me. Its hard not to have the feeling you are on a raft in the ocean by your self. Blessings to you

  28. As a wife and young mom of two kids, I see excessive spending a lot in both my peers and myself. The media also doesn’t help us out as women. We’re constantly told that we need to buy THIS makeup or THIS article of clothing to feel worthy and beautiful. Whether I label excessive purchases as for myself because I ‘deserve’ a splurge, or for my daughter or son who “need” an adorable yet expensive outfit they’ll provably never wear., I always end up feeling a twinge of guilt. Such an awesome thing for me to read. Thank you Leah!

  29. This morning when I read your post I was so surprise it was teaching I been doing the same thing I been shopping a new thing always even I never wear it I mean I wear inform 6 days a week i was try to stop but I can’t stop shopping last Monday something come up in my house we had bed bags so I have to move out everything in the house so I try to move my clothes out yesterday when I see my clothes but in the boxes I was crying and I ask God forgiveness for this I was so disappointed and I got your email and I read it my tears go dawn and I feel I am not by my self so I learn something to day and I am gonna give away my clothes for some one need it and thanks again God bless you

  30. This article was perfect for me to read today! I too am downsizing and realizing that I have way too much stuff! I have been going through and getting rid of a lot of it so I won’t need a big storage unit to store things in until I find a new place. I have been going from room to room feeling overwhelmed at all I still need to sort through and either give away or pack. So reading this article and realizing I’m not the only one who’s gone through this was very comforting. Thanks for sharing it!

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  32. Hi there! I am curious what y’all have done or do to create contentment in your children. We have an only child and, I must admit; was spoiled rotten ( with a capital R) for many years. She is ten and we have been trying to help her realize that she has too much stuff and she really doesn’t need a lot. We’re going for experience or involvement in the care and raising of animals, rather than tangible gifts/toys/stuff. Suggestions are welcome.. Leah, thank you for a post that makes you take assessment of your current situation♡ .

  33. Sue Kostynick says:

    Leah
    This was an amazing article!! I want to do the same! Clean closets and give away what I don’t need! I too had the shopping habit! I love to give to others.When I read your article, it really gave me the boost I need to remember what is important……AND IT IS NOT MORE SHOPPING!!!
    My prayer request is to pray for my sons and their families to find The Lord ! In a very special way!!
    Love you,
    Sue K

  34. God is so amazing. This devotion is exactly where I am right now. After several years of struggling financially we decided to sell our house and downsize to clear up some debt and have some breathing room. It’s been hard. We both work, have good jobs and live in our lovely home we built but our business we have along with having our jobs has left us in a mess. We now have an offer on our home and God provided exactly the right size and priced house for our new place. To get in a better financial state we needed to find something half the cost of our house. I have seen God move throughout this whole process. I prayed for a reasonably priced house to help us get in the position we needed to be in. He provided a house the night before we went looking, an estate that was under priced and we made an even lower offer that was accepted. God has been dealing with me about “things”. I will soon give up my house, my decks and porches, trees and privacy but I am gaining a better perspective of what matters most and I will have far less money worries. I will still have our business and the issues that come with it but I know this is the beginning of God’s help in that area too. Interestingly I would fret and gripe about our struggles with a prayer thrown in but when I got serious and really asked God for help and for a plan He showed me what to do. Meanwhile major business bills have arrived and every time He has provided the money from unexpected sources. Just to get us by until we close. I am so thankful for God’s provision and care and this devotion really hit me this morning. It’s beautiful the way He speaks through others to remind us of what He is doing in our midst.

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  36. Dawn Williams says:

    This devotion hit me because I, too see that I have too much stuff. I work at Goodwill and ALWAYS see something “I need” I don’t spend more that $20 a shot e/o week, but it is still effecting the checkbook and clutter in the house.

    • Hebrews is referring to not being jealous over what your neighbor or someone else has.
      That does not mean don’t buy things like the latest mixer. You want the mixer, not because everyone else has one, but because it is a nice mixer to have.
      You are not to want what someone else possesses out of jealousy or envy.
      Man made money and he wants you to spend it. God wants you to spend it. Anyone who hoards money lacks the confidence in GOD and himself that he can make more.
      Money stimulates the economy. It keeps people in jobs.
      If everyone only had what they needed then most people would be without work.
      Do not spread messages to stop shopping. To do so would mean you lack confidence in GOD.
      You are to live for today for tomorrow is uncertain.
      Shopping today should satisfy you.
      Going out and buying one purse, helps the gas company make money, the store owner where you got the gas, the store employee, it helps the mechanics make money(wear on your car will require future, maintenance), The retail shop, the one that made the materials, the one that sold the materials, the one who sewed the material together, the company that delivered the materials, the driver of the company truck, your community etc…Look at all those people that you will deprive of making money by just not buying that one purse.
      Now what kind of place would this be if everyone just sat back and did nothing but eat and sleep and pray.
      God provided for abundance. Do you think he put all this on the earth if it were not to be used?
      He gave us all this.
      God doesn’t mind you having everything your heart desires as long as he remains 1st in your life.
      By supporting your country you are serving GOD.
      It is the people who are hoarding their money out of fear that is guilty of “the love of money.” They save up for a tomorrow that may never come. They lack faith in their self and their country and their GOD.
      People will always simply hand over stuff to charity. Serving GOD goes much deeper than merely giving stuff away. Anyone can give stuff and feel they’ve done something..but if you don’t give your best but your mere leftovers? How would GOD view that?
      No way did GOD mean not buy anything more than what you just need. You may not be giving people money directly but you are certainly putting in your share by buying. It’s a win win.
      You can feel good about shopping because you are in essence giving back more than you will ever know.
      Shop, Shop, Shop….even if you give it all to charity. People love Goodwill. They would prefer to shop at Goodwill than have someone give them a shirt…because it gives them somewhere to go and time to kill.
      Not buying causes more harm than good. It may help you a little but it hurts the rest of the world.
      Live on less but spend more.

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