Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May Contentment Challenge with Meredith!


Peace out, B&B Works!

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

At the end of the day, I don't really know what to share about this. Yet. Right now I'm just aware of my greedy heart, my home filled with excess, and my desire to be a strong woman of God. 

Will I buy gifts for others? YES. If Ben needs something will I go get it for him? YES. This is about halting my heart for materialism.. not keeping me from celebrating others or taking care of my husband. 

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. 

Have you ever done the Contentment Challenge or something similar? Any words of wisdom for Meredith and I? It's not too late to join in if you're feeling like you might need a month of detox! 





8 comments:

  1. I just started May 1 as well. Giving myself the full 3 month challenge to take on and so far, it's been a wonderful opportunity to identify triggers (Can ya hear me, Instagram and Pinterest?!) I have been feeling pulled to be a much wiser steward of our family's resources and to eliminate the tensions and guilt that arise when I make selfish and impulsive purchases. I'm also tying food into this since my shopping/spending/eating cycle are all tied up together. Self-control and discipline are much needed across the board! Good luck and I can't wait to see more posts on this topic.

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  2. Okay, starting this today. I have felt the exact same way and this would help with my "I have to have this" moments. SO thankful for this post sweet girl! I am going to talk about the challenge on my blog now :)

    XOXO

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  3. I'm taking the challenge for May, too! No trips to Target (too much temptation), no eating out except after church with my Lifegroup, and no buying anything at Anthropologie. Yikes! It's time to declutter my heart and house to prep for a move and season change. By God's grace will we do this! And I'm going to need a heaping dose of it.

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  4. I haven't heard about that before, but this may be just what I need. I've been feeling like I've been overspending (even when I'm using my "fun" money, which is money I've made from selling old clothes and such on ebay). I've been feeling a tug at my heart to stop spending on frivolous (but fun!) things, and a bit like nothing I buy truly makes me happy. Like one of my bible study leaders joked, "Even when you think all you need is get those Tory Burch flats, then you get them and just want another pair!" This really rings true for me at the moment. With May already two weeks in, I may just have to do this June and July. I look forward to reading your updates about this!! :)

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  5. I absolutely love this! I've heard of it before, and really really love the heart behind this concept.

    xoxo

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  6. I went one month without shopping last fall and it was SO rewarding. Not only did I save a ton of money, but I felt happier that I wasn't focusing my life on materialism. I think that June will be my no-shopping month, and maybe will carry on. Stay strong during this, and away from B&BW because it's dangerous! :)

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  7. Ooh, I love this idea! This is so what I've been needing! Off to check that link out!

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  8. Wow, I've never tried the contentment commitment thing, but it sounds like something that could be interesting. Not even just for the budget, but it could cut down on emotional spending as well. Interesting! Love this idea, thanks for sharing.

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