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Stop Coveting in a Pinterest World

It is pretty hard to avoid the sin of coveting these days when we are literally bombarded with images daily. Whether it is our houses, crafts, fashion, hairstyles, homeschooling, whatever it is…you name it…there’s a photo showing you how it should look.

We want and want and want. It is our sin nature to seek after pleasures of the flesh and these images arouse our desires to fill our life with stuff. Things are beautiful. Things makes us feel good. Things make us feel accomplished. Whatever it is about things, we can’t deny the fact that they provide satisfaction to some degree. Yet, if they truly satisfied us, we would stop once we attained it. But we don’t. Once we have one thing, we simply move on to the next.

Living in an Internet world just appeals to our fleshy nature even more. We are visual beings and those images promise us something.

But what if we stop and step back and realize before we begin coveting the newest things…what are we truly going to achieve once we have it?

What if we called out our covetousness? What if we chose to seek what His Word says about stuff rather than what the world says?

We do have self-control. We do have a choice. We can choose the greater- the eternal– the only things that last.

It doesn’t mean we have to stop seeing images or spending time on the Internet, but we can control what we do with those images. We can see it for what it is- a fleeting enjoyment– and let it remind us even more of what is to come when the things of this world fade away.

We can stop being the victim of sin and understand Jesus has conquered our sin nature. Choose to embrace it and live in it. The things of this world don’t nearly seem so satisfying or pleasurable when we look at them through the lens of Jesus.

Stop and take a moment to look around you right now. Not one thing you see will last into eternity. Recognize it for the fleeting pleasure it is, and choose to seek after the things that will last.

Relationships, living out God’s Word, sharing the Gospel, and loving others. These have eternal value. These satisfy forever.

When we start to look at everything in this way, the appeal of images and things will no longer take hold of us, rather they will point us even further to the ultimate satisfaction of our souls- Jesus.

A great example of this in my life was several years ago when Steve lost his job. We were homeschooling and that year I had no budget for any fancy decor in our school room. There was no room for me to buy any extras for curriculum. And that was the year my homeschool truly changed.

When all the extras were stripped away, I was left with teaching my children beyond any distractions. My true purpose in teaching them at home was not hindered by me shopping for anything extra or focusing on the next best thing. I realized I already had all I needed. It was such a transformational time. All the cute little things I wanted for our school room and all the extra planning programs and curriculum were stripped away leaving me to teach my children and remember why we were homeschooling in the first place. I praise the Lord for stripping it all from us that year.

So today, choose to remember, if it all were stripped away, and you were left with the most important, what exactly would that look like? Are your priorities shifting? Take some time to seek His face and let Him show you the value of things that matter.

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Be Transformed: His Word Before Others

By the time you are reading this, I pray you have already set your mind on things above. Last week, I kicked off a new challenge for this month– Set no words before your eyes, until you have set His Word before your eyes. If you haven’t seen the posts, click here!

So how are you doing? I am so excited to have us ALL encourage each other in this. Perhaps you need the discipline to get in the Word first each day. Or maybe you have no trouble with this, but you can be an encouragement or accountability partner to someone else who may need it. Wherever you are in your walk, the most important thing for all of us to constantly seek Him in all things.

This morning, my Bible reading brought me to Hebrews. What I really love about my early time with the Lord was after my reading, I just laid in my bed praying for awhile. I didn’t feel the need to be “rushed” through. This has come a long way from the days (and I still stumble many times) of reading and still feeling the need to “rush” through so  I could get to other things.

I love sitting at Jesus’ feet. There is no place I’d rather be. When the things of this world tug at me, He makes known to me what is most important. 

This world is noisy and screaming for our attention. But I can’t even attempt to walk and live in it if I am not equipped fully before doing so. Spending time with Him in His Word and prayer sets my mind and heart properly first.

It’s such a simple thing really. Something we all should be doing without question, but so often this world drowns out what is most important. And the conversation with the Lord doesn’t end once the Bible is shut and I am off and running. It is continuous throughout the day. I need Him as much as I need the air I breathe.

Comment below and let me know how you are doing! I will be doing a Live Facebook video in the short future to talk more about this. Join me over there this week! 

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No Words Before His Word Challenge, Podcast, Simply...Living For Him

Podcast Ep 47 • May Challenge: No Words Before Your Eyes Before His Word – Be Transformed

Today I am kicking off a new series on the blog encouraging us to seek God’s Word first each day. I am challenging anyone out there who may have trouble getting in the Word to set no words before your eyes until you have had God’s Word before your eyes.

Don’t worry, this a no-frills challenge- you don’t have to sign up for anything, you don’t have to join a group, or even commit to me. I simply will encourage you to set your mind on things above before anything else each day.

God’s Word has transformed my life and it is a mission of mine to help others experience the same transformation.

Listen is as I talk about this new series!

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