Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Contentment Challenge-April Wrap Up

I've finished my first month of the Contentment Challenge and I'm learning a few things. 
  • I don't buy a lot of extras for "me".  I tend to buy the extras for specific purposes, making them feel more like needs.  But, in the end, I think they are often just ways for me to feel in control when life feels overwhelming.  Instead, I should be turning to God and learning to surrender in times of overwhelm.
  • I DO buy food for myself as a source of comfort or contentment.  Same as above, I should be turning to God in times of stress, but this one is trickier as food is pretty necessary, and therefore, harder to moderate.  Clearly, I can't just stop eating for 3 months. 
  • Social media is a thief of presence and contentment.  Again, I think I'll need to write a full post about this, but being away from social media is a total breath of fresh air.
 I've found it tricky to work my Bible verses into everyday conversation with my kids.  Maybe this month, I'll write them out and leave them on the table.  The kids like to talk about stuff at dinner, so this may be a good opportunity to discuss scripture.

My verse for the next week (or maybe all month) is Matthew 6:34 (the first part).

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow..." (MSG).

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