Monday, April 11, 2016

Contentment

When we moved here almost two years ago, due to my health issues, our income was reduced dramatically.  My husband took an early retirement, so his pension was not what it could have been if he had waited another eight years, which was our original plan.  However, our plans are not always God's plans, and I am fully convinced He has a reason for everything.  We knew immediately we needed to trust Him to take care of our financial needs.

In addition to having faith that God would provide, we knew our lifestyle would change with the reduction of income.  In order to be able to get our small farm up and running, we had to make a commitment to debt-free living, including not having a mortgage. This meant a fixer-upper rehab on a budget, along with doing most of the work ourselves.

Living debt-free has required a change of thinking on my part. When I had my web design business, if I wanted something new for our home, I just went out and bought it.  Now I have to be more thoughtful about my purchases. I am learning that I can't have all the things that I want.

Yesterday, I was lamenting over something I saw on a decorating site online, which  I felt I just HAD to have for the house. God clearly brought me back to my senses this morning.  During my quiet time, He  led me to these scripture verses:  

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)


6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 

My biggest weakness, in terms of spending, is that I love decorating and all things home.  I have been an HGTV junkie for a number of years.  When we first moved here, due to my EMF sensitivity, I couldn't tolerate having a television in the house, so we were without one for quite sometime. As my health improved, I am now able to tolerate watching a small television,.  Most recently, I started watching HGTV again  I find myself drooling over some of the home makeover shows.  

Lately I have found myself looking at our home more critically.  I have definitely noticed a difference in my attitude of contentment now than when I wasn't able to watch television. God has shown me through scripture that if I continue down this path of discontentment,  I will eventually pierce myself with many griefs, as 1 Timothy 6:10 suggests. 

After giving it some thought, I know we made the right decision to paint the dark wood paneling in our home, rather than replace it. I am content with the laminate floors and countertops, which do look nice.  Our home doesn't have to be an HGTV show house.  When I go to bed at night, I can sleep peacefully knowing we do not have credit card balances as a result of our home rehab.  I am content with our new home in the country and appreciate God's loving guidance through His Word.

Jane

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