Day 10 – Refecting Excess

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I am so humbled and grateful that Sonya has invited to write my heart’s thankful ways. I am so incredibly blessed by her faith!

I am so thankful for all that I have, especially coming from where I have been. When I reflect on what is going on outside of my comfy little home, little town, little state; I am even more thankful. And convicted. While my children have everything they need and even want, there is a child starving to death somewhere. While I prepare my home for the holidays with decorations and meal planning, there is a family sleeping outside under the same beautiful sky as I — praying they won’t freeze to death this winter season. Since this is my conviction I will be held accountable. So this holiday season I will reject excess. I don’t feel any type of guilt for where God has brought me; after all, He has provided all that I have! And though we are a modest family living on a humble income, we really are blessed in abundance compared to the rest of the world.

Superficiality and excess breed emptiness. I would be greatly saddened if as adults my daughters grew to be women who were plagued by discontentment. Sucking the beauty out of their lives. For a long time I struggled deeply with feeding my self~esteem with *things*. It was a horrible stronghold to break — I am still a work in progress. So, my girls will each get two presents each for Christmas. One from us {parents} and one from sibling. It is my personal conviction to practice self~control this year. I mean how can I celebrate with luxury when I’m celebrating God who was born in a Manger? Those dots just wouldn’t connect for me.

Some ways I will reject excess:

  1. Limiting presents for my children, and placing a huge focus on giving as opposed to receiving.
  2. Cutting back on some of our *favorites* at the supermarket during the holiday season to account for buying some canned foods to donate to soup kitchens.
  3. Being sure to not be wasteful with any left overs that we have from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
  4. Donating old clothes and toys.
  5. Making homemade gifts. 

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” ~ Proverbs 22:9

While God is doing a work in me to become more frugal and sensible with how I shop and use our goods, He is also calling me to lift up and bless my husband this season in a deeper way. My hubby works long hours, especially during the holidays, so I just want to bless him for all that he does, and for all that he is and is NOT. I need to learn to be thankful for my husband, flaws and all because he is a precious, human gift to me, not some store bought robot. I also believe that God wants to show His love for my husband through me in a more intimate, personal way. Speaking to His son through the works of my hands and the sweetness of my tongue. For wasn’t I created as helpmeet; could there be a sweeter gift than that, besides the Cross? I will make special dinners for my hubby, soak his feet, give massages, and be more forgiving. Shrinking that in between time when an offense takes place and I release it to be dissolved into the sea of forgetfulness. Remembering that I myself have many flaws and would also like to be forgiven swiftly of my idiocies.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in
Christ God forgave you”. ~ Ephesians 4:32

May Christ shine in our lives as we go forth in this world as His Voice, His Hands, His Feet, His Love.

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful, meaningful, Christ~filled holiday.. Be blessed!

Thankful Challenge:
Think about how you can reject excess this year. Search out God and see how He will bring change to your family this year. Focus on Him and how you can share Him more this year.

Thankful Challenger:

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I adore Him to my core.  He delivered me from a horrific past. He has joined me together with an amazing man, and has entrusted to me my three precious daughters. I am drawn to living simply and minimally, and everyday the Lord is showing me more of what that kind of life entails. Daily I am unraveling truths tucked into this blessed life He has allowed me. This is my first year homeschooling and it has been an amazing blessing for my family. I’m so incredibly thankful! You can find Tanya blogging over at “The Humbled Homemaker” and find her on facebook.

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Serving Him With Joy,

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About Sonya

I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don't have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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