I was watching Tv the other day when a TV show on TLC came on called Extreme Couponing. This peaked my interest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to save a few dollars. About a year ago I came across a deal where when I stacked Coupons I could get FREE cheese! I love cheese and I love Free what could be better so I grabbed all my coupons and headed down to my local Target and stocked up on about a years worth of cheese that I would put in my freezer for future use.Back to the show lol. I watched 2 different women get about $1500 dollars of groceries, paper goods, and health and beauty items for around $50. WOW huh! I prayed God let me learn how to do that! Free food we could save a ton! As soon as the show was over it started the same episode again. This time after the WOW factor wore off I looked as these women walked through their homes showing off different rooms. Every single shelf, counter, closet, under bed space and even a whole shower was CRAMMED full of extra “Stuff”.
This is when the little voice in my head said “you can learn to save a dollar or you can learn to be happy.” Learn to be happy? LEARN TO BE HAPPY? I thought I was happy. Then I started pondering on my thought. Maybe I would save some money and mike life easier in the bank account doing that but would I be happy searching circulars EVERY SINGLE DAY? Would I be happy plotting and planning shopping trips several times a weeks? Would I be happy looking at my stockpile take over my house not being able to get away from it in any room in my home? After that I got a call from my mother she said something My Grandfather used to say when he was alive. “You have every thing you need and some of what you want.” At this point I look up at my TV and see a show on hoarding. WOAH! Then it dawned on me this is just another form of hoarding . This is when I realized God was telling me to be content with what I have. Wow just be content with what the Lord has provided. I have a roof (albeit leaky) over my head, I have a floor (albeit saggy) that isnt made of dirt, I have food to eat (even if it is ramen noodles sometimes), I have a job for money, and I have Friend and family that love me. If you just stop and count your blessings stop worrying about what others can do and have you may just learn to be content with what you have and to me that is how I learn to be happy.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I ask that you help me be content in my life. Help me learn to be happy with what I have and who I am. Show me the way to keep my life clutter free from hoarding. I know Lord you provide us with what we need and sometimes a little of what we want. Lord help me have a giving spirit and a helping heart.
In Jesus name,
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7:14
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5