Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from 1 Timothy 6:6-
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Around every time this year, I start doing my fall shopping! I always make sure to get a couple new pairs of boots, some new pullovers, and of course a new bag. Most of the time, I would have gone to the mall at least once or twice by now. This year- I haven’t even bought much for fall! Not because I don’t want new fall clothes (trust ya girl- temptation of the shopping bug is hard), but because I can’t bring myself to go buy new stuff when I have so much already. I just recently moved (like in July), and moving really showed me just how much clothes I have. I didn’t realize I had so many shoes! I had so much stuff- most of which I had only worn about once or twice- that I had no problem donating about 3 boxes full of stuff. This was not just Target brand items (although I LOVE me some tar-get), I gave away some MK, Kate Spade & some other of my favorite brands, all without thinking twice. I’m saying all of this not to boast the fact that I gave away things- I’m saying this to say that learning to be content with what you have is such a good feeling!
I told myself that at the beginning of the year- I was going to be more of a minimalist. I was done buying tons of random things all the time and never using them. I told myself I was going to give back more & shop less. I was beginning to feel convicted that I had accumulated so much stuff that was just sitting. Realizing this has been one of the best things ever- learning to be content is such a weight lifted off of your shoulders! You’re not constantly worrying about what you want and don’t have quite yet- but are content with your now. This week- my challenge for you is simple- enjoy your now. Be happy with what you have- focus on what you’ve been blessed with instead of what you’re lacking.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Philippians 2:3-4-
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”
Such a loaded sentence with so much truth in it! It’s so easy to get caught up in our own lives- in our own desires, our own “wish lists”, our own everything. I think this is sooo human nature and something that everyone can admit to. It’s easy to forget the needs of others when we are so so worried abut ourselves. Living in Houston, just a simple drive downtown, or anywhere honestly reminds me just how blessed I am. On most street corners, you can normally find someone who is homeless standing with a sign. Whether they are telling the truth or not, seeing someone standing outside in the rain, heat etc. asking for a few dollars really puts into perspective how blessed I am, no matter the “drama (as I claim it)” I’m dealing with at that given moment.
This week, regardless of anything, I want you to realize how blessed you are! If you are reading this you either have access to a phone or a computer, so you are blessed! I challenge you to be a blessing to someone else! Whether it is blessing someone on a large scale or a small one- remember that we were placed on this earth not for our own selfish needs, but to be a blessing to others. Just think if everyone blessed someone every day- so many unknown needs would be filled!
P.S.- Deets to the outfit above can be found here. I love the fit, so I linked some similars below!
Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from James 4:14-15-
” Why, you do not even now what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while & then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say “If it is the Lords will, we will live & do this or that.”
Whew- this verse is a lot to take in, where do I even begin! These last few months have been such a test of faith for me- I for one do not like having unanswered questions. There’s nothing in particular that I was worried about, just the thought of the “unknown” in life is totally not my thing (I hate it!). James 4 reminds us that worrying about the future literally does nothing- we have no clue what is to come & must always pray that God’s will be done in our lives.
I remember when I moved from Texas straight out of college- the day before I moved I got Proverbs 31:25 tattooed on my wrist as a reminder to not fear the future. Due to the levels of anxiety that I sometimes have, this verse also is always a reminder to me & I love that I always have it so close to me. These 2 verses in James are kind of the same- we should always remember that God’s plans for our lives are always better than our own! No matter what we think is good for ourselves, God always seems to have a little blessing under his sleeve.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from 1 Peter 4:10-
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
So many times growing up- we were always taught in church to strive to find your “purpose” in life. It was taught that your purpose for living were all the things you are on earth to do. Something that has really stuck out to me the last few years that should go along with this teaching is that everyone’s purpose is different and no two are the same. We all have different gifts, different talents. No two people share the same story & everyone’s journey has a different ending.
1 Peter 4:10 reminds us that were are all on earth for different reasons! Our gifts and talents are all different so that we can all accomplish great things together, not in competition. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others these days- with social media as big as it is it’s easy to compare our own lives to someone else’s highlight reel. Don’t do that! Easier said than done (obviously!), but always remember that the gifts, talents, dreams & desires that God has placed in your heart are yours & yours alone.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks weekly inspiration comes from Luke 11:11-13-
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
I love this passage so much- as it is so relate-able and realistic! I am probably one of the most stubborn people that I know! I like things done my way, and for sure in my timing. Most of all- I am also a bit of a perfectionist- so I like doing things myself as I don’t trust others to do the task how I would like! Needless to say (ha), I can be a bit cray sometimes. In addition to that, I also am doing 100 things and once- always worrying about the next. This passage in Luke is the perfect reminder that God will always give us our hearts desires- as long as we ask for them!
As previously stated, I don’t like asking for help much. Basically, I will wait until the last minute if I need help with something- trying every and all other options before admitting to myself that I can’t do it all alone. Unfortunately, I tend to act this way in every situation. I love this verse because it reminds us (myself included!) that God won’t leave us hanging- and will give us what we ask. At the right time, and in the right moments. Our hearts desires will be filled, more than we could ever imagine! Never think that God doesn’t hear you out- even if i seems like it ain’t listening!