Saturday, March 31, 2018

My Contentment Challenge

 "...for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have." Philippians 4:11

Tomorrow is April 1, and I am embarking on a 3 month Contentment Challenge.  I am structuring it around Nancy Ray's Contentment Challenge from 2013, but am making some adjustments to better fit me.  You can read about Nancy Ray's Contentment Challenge here and here.

Here is what I plan to do for my Contentment Challenge:

  • No shopping for extras:  I don't tend to shop a lot for clothes or goodies for myself.  But I do buy lots of little extras in the form of organizational items that I "need" for one thing or the other, clothes or doo-dads for the kids, baskets or rugs or table cloths or blankets.  Basically, all the things you don't go into Target for, but leave with anyway.
  • Gifts are OK-with discretion.  I do a lot of my extra purchasing in the way of gifts.  I buy things for the kids they don't need (see above), but I'm really bad at buying things for a gift "at some point," often with no specific recipient or occasion in mind.  So, for these 3 months I will only buy gifts for specific occasions happening in the near future.
  • Avoid window shopping unless its for specific goal or gift items.
  • Exceptions: 
    • We are going to Disney World during this challenge.  While I don't intend to go crazy, I'm simply not going to say no to a few souvenirs for the family.
    • Babies R Us/Toys R Us is going out of business, and I have some gift cards/reward points to use.  I'm going to do that and if there are any insane deals on things we can actually use or even save for birthdays/Christmas/etc., we may get a few things for that, as well.
  • No social media.  Nancy Ray's challenge is basically about purchasing things.  But, I think a lot of discontent comes from the constant comparisons we make while mindlessly scrolling through our social media.  I'm going to stay off of my personal social media accounts in favor of real connections and actual conversations.
  • Scripture: I plan to choose a scripture each week to focus on and hopefully even discuss with my kids.
I hope to blog through my journey each week, so check back.  I'm going to aim for Sunday posts.

And last but not least, GRACE.  I have a lot  going on, so if I don't get to my weekly posts or forget to choose a new scripture or something, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

The verse for my first week is Phillipians 4:11 "...for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have."

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