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My life needs more contentment, and more joy. Period.
A few weeks ago I was feeling bogged down by the sinful desires of my heart and texted my room mate from MTH/Bestie Meredith and suggested that we do Nancy Ray's Contentment Challenge.
If you haven't already followed the link above, I highly recommend reading all of Nancy's posts.
Summary: 3 months, no shopping, no miscellaneous random spending, focusing on scripture and a heart of contentment.
I had the pull to start this about mid April.. and with our Europe trip in June, we decided to start with a one month fast.
Now to some, this may seem ridiculous that I would have to apply this discipline in my life because you already don't shop. To others, the idea of giving up shopping for a month may seem pointless. Let me say this, I felt the Lord pulling on me to do it, so I am. I'm hopeful that He will use it in my life, and at the very least, I'll be learning a little bit of discipline.
One quote from Nancy that I really connected with:
All in all, I wasn’t content in my life. Even though I had a happy marriage, a wonderful home, a business I love, money in the bank, my health, a wonderful church... even though I had (and still have) "it all," there was this nagging, awful feeling inside me that said, “Nancy, you need this ________. You won’t be complete if you don’t have this __________.” (You can fill that blank with just about anything.)
I think this scripture really describes my heart behind this....
“And He said to them, ‘Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance, does his life consist of his possessions.’” Luke 12:15
And, since we're 7 days in.. I already have a story. I had noticed a friend from this past weekend's wedding wearing a gorgeous lip color so I found out what it was and wrote it down (lip products make me feel like a real woman haha) so last night while buying a gift at Target I wanted to go look at it. Every single product on the shelf was stocked.. except for the one that I wanted to look at. I'm going to take that as a sign from the Lord. That may seem silly to some... but I am going to take that as encouragement to DO this.