Needs and Wants

There was a time when the acquiring of material possessions was very important to me. When I first started working I thought I needed all the newest popular and in demand things. My clothes had to be the most current style from the right stores with all the accessories. Of course, styles change quickly and often so there was a constant need for new clothes.

At first, I was happy with hand-me-down thrift store furniture and household items. But as I saw how other people’s homes looked with bright new appliances and chic new furnishings that made me unhappy with what I had. I went into debt to be part of the fashionable set. The debt was a stress as was the keeping up with the Jones’ mentality. Nothing was ever quite right,  I always felt I needed more.

Jesus was with me and said little about my spending habits and the feeling that if I only had______fill in the blank with whatever it was I didn’t have, I would be satisfied and happy. I began to feel depressed and miserable, worried about money all the time. Soon, Jesus stepped in with some advice;

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have.
For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 
Hebrews 13:5

What a radical thought!  It did make me think long and hard about what and who was important to me. My prayer became, “Help me to want what I need and not to need what I want.” It took some time to let go of the old habits and thought patterns but slowly my woman-591576_640needs and wants came into alignment. I now know the difference. What freedom there is in a simple life of having what you need and that being enough. Truthfully, I sometimes need a reminder that there is no true lasting happiness in the love of money or things;

Those who love money will never have enough.
How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
Ecclesiastes 5:10

Is this to say I never buy something I want but don’t need? No, sometimes I just want something because I want it. However, if I want something I don’t need I think about it before I make the purchase and there is no going into debt to have it.  I am happy with what I have and my wants have become fewer and less important. I am still quite amazed at this thought that we can be happy without everything we want and the difference it makes in life.

Are you happy with what you have or do you need what you want?

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt

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All that God has created is beautiful.
What we see and experience today that is not beautiful is not of God,
though He can use it to form something of beauty.
We may not understand this where we are now,
but someday we will.
What a beautiful day that will be!

Is there something at this time in your life not so beautiful?
Will you trust the Lord to make something of beauty from it in His time?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 niv

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In God’s timing, all things are beautiful.
But we have the world in our hearts and do not understand
the times of the beautiful things He has made.
We will not understand while our hearts are divided.

My answer to the following question has given me pause…
…and made me sad

How much of your heart is given to God and how much to the world?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Ecclesiastes 3:6 nlt

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There are those who spend their whole life searching for something.
They continue to search even after they have found it.
When we find Jesus it is time to stop searching for Him
and time to start searching to know Him.

Have you found what you were looking for?
What are you going to do now?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Ecclesiastes 9:17 nlt

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Sometimes the louder a person talks the less thought there is behind the words.
Better to listen to the person who considers his words before he speaks.
Those who roar want to hear themselves.
Those who speak quietly want others to hear.

Whose words do you listen to and follow most often?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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