Friday, September 14, 2018

The Season of THANKFUL.

As we approach the “thankful”  season God brought my mind to something… Why do I feel like I need new things in order to be approved or excepted by others and to feel good about myself?

And I’m all like, “stop that God do we really have to go here?”

 I feel like this is an important lesson for not only me but for my kids too. It’s an example that needs to be set for them.- an example of being thankful.

 I often find myself falling into a sense of envy and I feel like I need new things in order to feel good about myself. Whether it’s new clothes, a fancier car, or a bigger house!

( Sidenote Josh and I house hunt all the time! We are constantly looking at real estate online.)

So- you, too, Josh! Listen up! We DO NOT need a new house! 

I would like to just take a moment to brag, though. My kids (minus Ryker, 🤣) almost always practice being thankful and often they are the ones who remind me to be thankful. 

 You remember when I mentioned how Raigen always writes “thank you letters and notes” to everyone! And I mean everyone! To me, her teacher, friend’s parents when she spends the night with them (😂) God, and even the hotel staff! It absolutely melts my heart.

And you can always hear CJ yelling “thanks Mom” when I treat them for McDonald’s after church every week. If you would’ve heard him you’d think my kids never get to eat out… It’s quite the opposite though. I love that he is thankful for something as simple as McDonald’s.

 And Rilyn, oh my little Roxie. ☺️ She not only looks like me but is just about as bossy as me too! The other day she told me she hope she had a girl first so she could look just like me and her. She is always, and I mean always, offering to help and doing things with her baby brother. She absolutely adores him and often tells me how thankful she is that we had another baby.

 I am so thankful for my little people and I am so very thankful for their hearts.

 Here’s the thing though… A couple weeks ago I order some cute Tory Burch sandals because I’ve been eyeing them for a while and I just NEEDED them, you know? 

And God placed it on my heart that I didn’t need them. And I don’t. 

So, therefore I cancelled that order. 

I don’t eat need anything new,  bigger, or fancier.

 My house may be small but the kids will only be here for a short time but let’s not talk about that. 😭

We have exactly what we need and more.

 So I don’t need that big fancy house or the newest fanciest car. And I surely don’t need $200 flip-flops in order to feel good about myself. 

 Heck, you know what makes me feel really good? Spending five dollars on a new super cute top! I know you’ve seen my IG posts. In fact, maybe will I will inspire you more by sharing my savings with you because perhaps a lot of you are in a similar place as we are. Maybe you have a butt load of kids and you’re kind of poor. 😜

Or maybe you’re like us and just like to save money, too.

 So I’ve been praying that God will change my heart into one of thankfulness, not comparison or wanting, and instead be more grateful for the things that we do have. 

Isn’t it funny how the calendar seasons can often coincide with the seasons of our hearts? 

So this season I am choosing to be (more) thankful.