By Leigh Ellen, Contributing Writer
In 2012, our family left my in-laws basement and the place we had called home to move 140 miles away to my hometown. My husband had to quit his job but we were all eager for him to start his new at-home business.
Almost 5 years later, I look back and I see the struggles that we went through (and continue to go through) but I also see the growth we have made. I’ve witnessed the blessing that comes from my husband making a huge sale. This business has really kept us on our toes!
So, here are a few lessons we have learned through our journey (so far):
The internet can be dangerous to us spiritually if we let it. We live in a world of Amazon hauls and legging addictions. It’s so tempting to fall into the trap of needing more stuff.
This is one area I’ve really tried to focus on over the past few years. Why do I always feel the need to buy something? What’s going on in my heart that makes me feel this way?
The answer is greed. I want it all. I want the big house, the nice car, the cute leggings, and I want them now!
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” -Luke 12:15
Satan will use anything and everything to point us away from Christ. He will attempt to distract us with the “little” things time after time.
If we allow this greed to snowball, it can lead to financial problems, which can turn into marriage problems, which will affect your children, and so on. Most importantly, greed doesn’t honor God and it will hinder us spiritually.
I had been following a Bible study app that includes a video once a week. These videos are filmed in the home of a very successful Christian writer and speaker. I found myself so distracted from what she was saying because I was too busy studying how beautiful her home was. It’s kind of ridiculous, but the spotless kitchen and fancy furniture were keeping me from listening to what this woman was saying. I began to daydream about finding a similar piece for my home or trying out the color schemes she used.
Learning to be content begins when we admit that we don’t need all of the stuff. It’s when we step away from the temptation. It’s when we allow God to bring us peace and gratitude for what we already have.
When I feel tempted to buy something new for our home, I like to stop and look around. I find something that I really love that’s already in our house.
For example, the kids art cabinet is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our home. It’s bright and colorful. It’s where they go when they’re bored. It’s the place where they allow their imagination to inspire them. It’s where we go to find supplies for school and learning new scriptures together.
When we stop focusing on what’s missing from our lives and we tune into what’s really happening, it’s amazing! Sure, our kids still grow up too fast and our homes may not be perfect but God is working in us. He is touching us through the people in our lives and the memories we are making.
Let’s stop daydreaming and imagining how great it would be to have the expensive curtains and set our mind on Heavenly treasures. Allow God to work through your heart.
God will provide.
The biggest lesson we have learned through our financial ups and downs is that God will always provide. Many times we’ve felt the pressure when the money isn’t coming in but one thing we have always known is that we will be okay. We may have to go without for a while, but it’s fine.
We can rest knowing that our happiness doesn’t come from things, and we will praise the Lord in the good times and the bad. He will never abandon us.
Friends, please remember this world is not our home. We will not take our cars and our pretty clothes into eternity. The only thing that truly matters is our hearts. It’s such a blessing to find this peace in a life that is so unpredictable.