#thirstythursday / I dream of being a minimalist, then I buy something else

Lately I’ve really struggled with being content. I’ve struggled with the seemingly never ending urge to get more, have better, etc.

Here’s the thing: I know more than anyone – nothing I ever buy or ever become will satisfy my deepest longings. There will always be a desire for more. ((sigh….ughhh reality.))

And it’s funny, more like ironic, that I struggle with this – because deep down in my soul I crave being a minimalist. It’s like I can see in the distance that a simple life, free of clutter and stuff – really is MORE!

The struggle is REAL, y’all. Most of you know I already have too much stuff.

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I catch myself telling Brian things like, “I’m going to go home and get rid of all my bathing suits. This one I’m wearing is the most comfortable ever – I really don’t need all of those other ones – they’re just taking up space.”

Then, in the next sentence I’m saying – “Oh, look at that cute bathing suit she has on – I wonder where she got that?? I need one of those!!!”

Really Starr?

Yes. I’m so messed up sometimes!!!

This time of year doesn’t help at all. We’re bombarded with commercials, ads and media that tell us we really do NEED more. And we shop ’til we drop looking for the perfect gift – that most of our family really doesn’t need either.

What do we do?

I don’t know.

All I know is what Jesus had to say about these kinds of things:

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15

19″Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:19-21

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

To sum all that up on this #thirstythursday: Don’t spend your life trying to get more and more possessions – you won’t take them to heaven. And people here will steal them anyways. Instead, focus on Jesus and the Kingdom of God. That will do your heart good. And if you get this right, God will give you more than you’ll ever need in this life – and it won’t be more stuff. I promise.

Lord, speak to my heart in those moments where I get stuck wanting more. Change my heart, oh God. Help me grasp the life of less that I see in the distance. Help me make decisions that get me closer to You. Help me learn what it means to seek You, Your Kingdom and Your righteousness. Teach me how to live a different life than what I know now. I want to be different than I’ve ever been. I want You, God. Make me and mold me into the person I am meant to be, in You.

So, I’m planning to indeed go home and get rid of all those bathing suits that don’t fit. Who likes wearing uncomfortable bathing suits that are too tight anyways???

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7 replies to “#thirstythursday / I dream of being a minimalist, then I buy something else

  1. Same here exactly. I don’t know what to do with all the stuff but plugging away at it. Too slow..

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    1. Well, me and you both Linda!!! I’m trying, but this is truly tough. I’ve got some ideas rolling around about how to take small steps!! I’ll be sharing soon 🙂

  2. Thank you! I was just talking to Brian about Christmas-what do we get the boys ( and Braelyn) they don’t need anything, and they have too much stuff already?! We really don’t have a whole lot of money either. Soooo, our answer-was- they got one gift to the the three of them and then maybe two a piece…. Less stuff and more thought behind what they do get.

    I needed this more than ever and RIGHT NOW!! Perfect timing. The struggle is REAL.

    1. We both need this, girl. I’m really struggling. And the upstairs of my house proves it oh so bad. And my garage. And the kitchen cabinets….ughhhh. I want to change. And Christmas gets me every year. I feel like I get stuck in the machine to buy. I LOVE mom’s ideas below. I am absolutely going to use that this year.

  3. I’m with you Melissa! We have more than what we need! We are so blessed with stuff and then we feel pressured to give more and more every Christmas. Starr’s friend Becca had a good idea that I remember, I think they give experiences like an inexpensive day trip for the family or something that gives of your time rather than your money. We could all use more family time and I would much rather have some people give me time using their talents than to give me more dust collectors. Maybe we could get back to some basics of giving time rather than money. I’ll bet our kids would love to get coupons for things like a trip to McDonald’s or Sweet Frogs alone with just mom or dad or a coupon book with a family outing promised for each month of the year like a Saturday afternoon at the park or a family hour at the local library, an afternoon at Cane Creek, a family game night for a winter month. A coupon for homemade ice cream in the summer! What about coupons for front seat privileges or a week with no chores. They could cash in a coupon for their choice of a favorite home cooked meal. That would be a Christmas to remember! We so often sacrifice the simple things in life trying to find contentment in more stuff.

    1. Mrs. Freida, that is a great idea! I will have to borrow that idea. We definitely could use more family time and what a wonderful way for the kids to control it a little 🙂 thanks for the ideas.

    2. MOM!! These ideas are great. I’ve thought a lot about that year that Becca didn’t do gifts. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas. We can do it!! Love you and so blessed that you are my mom!!

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