FAST FROM ACCUMULATING AND PRACTICE CONTENTMENT
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5
I saw a cartoon this week that featured an old man standing with his son in front of an open garage door. The garage was piled high to the ceiling, full of a lifetime of accumulated junk. The man was saying, “One day son, this will all be yours.” One thing I know for sure, my kids don’t want my stuff! So why do we spend our
This little cartoon gave me an idea. Can I begin a financial fast for the last three weeks of Lent? Can I fast from accumulating stuff, I wondered? Can I challenge myself to stay off of Amazon and away from Zappos for the next three weeks? Can I limit my purchases to the bare necessities, buying only what I absolutely need? Can I resist bowing to the Starbucks coffee god and learn to be content with coffee from home? Fasting comes in all forms, and a financial fast is something to consider trying. I would hope to learn to be more content, to learn to be happy with what I have. To be thankful. And to share what I have with those in need.
Lent is hard, but oh, so good my friends.
Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
2 Cor. 12:9-10 “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” …Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Consider this as well:
Clutter isn’t just in your home, attic, garage, or office. Clutter is also in your
I love this message! So many good messages tucked inside this blog. Especially, thinking about the clutter in our minds and what it prevents us from doing! Thank you Sherri for your thought provoking message!
I cleaned out two packed closets on Friday and it felt so good. Getting rid of my brain clutter may prove more challenging.
As I sit here with my home brewed coffee pondering how this will look over the next few weeks….
For Lent I committed to listening to only Christian music when I turn on the radio! It is amazing how that has changed my focus and moods! Part of de-cluttering my mind!
I love your action! And listening to a Christian station makes a huge difference
Love this idea! Great post!
Change your focus, change your outlook, change your actions.
I heard a new one – shorten your focus. Let’s not let our thoughts spiral out to the future with “what if’s”, shorten our focus on just now. Truly, live in the moment.
Our brain is an organ and it’s purpose is to think thoughts. We think between 60,000 and 90,000 thoughts every day! But, the good news is we can control that! Just tell the brain, “I got this!” and choose which thoughts you want to allow in.
this concept is so meaningful! a few years back, i completed a bible study called 7 http://jenhatmaker.com/seven —it was life changing for me!
thanks for the reminder, sherri….helps me to refocus and continue pressing on in these areas……
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