Monday, October 06, 2008

Do You Ever ....

i had a few errands to run this afternoon. one was to the grocery store, and instead of being rushed and having a huge grocery list to check over i picked up my 3 items and then strolled over to the magazine rack. i enjoy a good magazine and love to look at different ones for ideas and inspiration. but since moving into this college apt and out of my own home, i have noticed that decorating, remodeling, and other home magazines just made me have the "I WANTS" do you get the "I WANTS"? that's where every where you turn you see something you would like to have, but doesn't really fit in with your priorities, season of life, or budget at the moment. and it only makes me feel dreary and droopy.

looking at those mags with their beautiful color schemes, tabletop ornamentation and cute decor makes me discontent with where i am in life. and that's the crux of the matter isn't it? the "I WANTS" lead to discontentment instead of rejoicing in where God has me for this season. its leads to looking at what I DON'T HAVE, rather than what I DO HAVE.

so for this season, i've resolved to bypass those homestyle mags, to not tempt myself with the "I WANTS" and to instead rejoice in where i am and what i do have, and know that someday, i may once again have my own home where i can decorate to my hearts content. in the meantime, i dont' have to do any painting, or fixing up of our abode other than cleaning it. i don't have any lawn care or outside maintenance. i can walk across the street and enjoy the beautiful setting of the university without having to lift a finger.

so what about you? are you in a season of life where you would like something, but it isn't the right time or season? i'd love to hear your story.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

3 comments:

Deryk, Joanna, & Grace Barrett said...

I completely understand where you are at!!! I love the life Deryk and I have, but we are both in school and so poor--I see the cute things my sisters do in thier homes and I wish I could afford to do the things they've done-but they are at a different place in life than I am. I really try to make the best out of what we have or find a cheap alternative to the expensive cute things I see in craft stores or magazines and I actually enjoy that a lot.

carrie said...

actually we've been there many times...and we are actually in a spot where we GOT it! Keep giving it to God and it will come...

Sherry C said...

OH I have the "i wants" too currently it's whenever i see some friends with jobs ie paychecks i love being home with Ashley but I'm still not used to not having a job. I have a feeling if i had one i won't like it and i don't miss my old one but I'm secretly want a job it's so crazy because it's not the right season of course. I'm needed here by all three. The mall i just don't go there unless absolutely necessary ..that helps with those i wants.