Enough (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #7)

“Is that enough?”

UG! Talk about a loaded question!! It doesn’t matter if we are talking about a delectable piece of dessert, our end-of-month cash flow amount, the groceries in our shopping cart or our worth/value as a person.

More often than not, even if our mouths answer yes, our heads answer no.

It’s a hard (and yucky) truth, but as consumers, Americans and HUMANS we are a greedy, selfish bunch of folks.

Sigh. Why can’t we be satisfied?

Notice I said WE. Yeah, WE, as in ME, have this problem too– We always want more, bigger, better. But WHY??

Too often, we  are trying to find life and contentment in STUFF. Overspending is the norm in our culture. The more you have, the happier you will be, right?

Uh, yeah. Negative.

In this week’s chapter of “Calm My Anxious Heart,” Linda Dillow makes a lot of profound (and difficult) points on this topic of never being satisfied or trying to find our worth or value in things of this world, specifically money.

She says that “Happiness is getting what we want; contentment is wanting what we get.”

Touche, sister!

Also, did you know that Scripture contains more references to money than to salvation? And 16 of Jesus’ 39 parables deal with the issue of wealth!

Apparently this has been an issue for a hot minute or so. And it is something we STILL battle.

I know, I know, this whole “not living for the world but finding our contentment in Christ” is great in theory, but seriously, how can we make it happen?

Here are some practical tips that we (as in, my husband and I) have started the slow process of embrace the FACT (yes, FACT) that Jesus is enough for us. (Don’t get me wrong– we still have a looonnngggg way to go. God sure knows it!)

1. Last Christmas, instead of purchasing gifts for our family, we made a donation to a cause or fund that would speak to their heart in the name of Jesus.

2. This summer, we ate only 7 foods for 30 days. (Longest 30 days of our life… but honey, you better believe it changed our hearts!)

3. In addition to our tithe, we have answered the call of doing Factor of 7, a random act of kindness/generosity movement as a part of this ministry.

Finding your ENOUGH is probably going to look  a little different. Is it hard? Uh, yeah– kind of a lot. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

Here’s some “heart” Scriptures that we can chew on today as we seek our ENOUGH in Christ:

“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” ~Mark 8:36

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” ~Hebrews 13:5 

“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” ~1 John 2:17

Do you struggle with your “enough?” What parts are most challenging for you? What would living a life of ENOUGH in Christ look like? I would love your feedback (um, and encouragement– because I struggle with this too!! Iron sharpens iron, my friends…) Comment below.

Before we can deal with the money-in-our-pocket (or lack thereof) issue or the abundance of stuff in our house, we must first embrace this as a heart issue. God has already promised us abundant life in Christ Jesus. And that life is more valuable than any car or house or amount that we can charge on our Visa card.

As we continue to seek contentment in Christ, perhaps someday we will confidently be able to respond to that loaded question of “Is that enough?” with “Yep. I’ve got Jesus. That’s all I need… And He’s ENOUGH!”

Content in Christ,
SGK

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:19

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If you are “officially” doing the online Bible study with us, here is the homework for the upcoming week:

Day 1: Question 1, Memorize and meditate on Ephesians 5:  15 – 17, Question 2

Day 2: Questions 3, 4

Day 3: Question 5

Day 4: Question 6, 7

 ***Extra***

Word Study:  Ephesians 5: 15 – 17

Live

“Making the most of every opportunity” or “redeeming the time”

understand

will

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12 thoughts on “Enough (Anxiety-Free Monday, Wk #7)

  1. Sharita,
    What a blessing that you were my neighbor at Monday Miscellany. As a family, we’ve been working on contentment. Personally, it began with my struggling with Paul in Philippians 4:11…but I am grateful for the peace it gives me when I get it right. I’m also glad to see you are an SDG sister-I’ve met so many wonderful and inspiring women through that fellowship, encouraging my walk, my writing, my life.
    I pray every blessing over you, and continued peace and good.
    I look forward to reading your words again.

    • Awww shucks, thanks, Chelle!! We are working on chapter 7 of our journey to contentment and lemme tell you what, it sure has been a journey! (And I still have a long way to go– but God is doing some awesome things!) Thankful you stopped by and yes, YAY for being SDG sisters!!

  2. messymarriage

    Yes, money is a nurturance symbol. Too bad that we look to money to nurture and fill our souls rather than to the true source of abundance in Christ. Thanks for your wise words and your many efforts to live generously, Sharita. It is a challenge that is good for all of us to consider.

    • AMEN, sister!! I couldn’t have said it better myself!! It is so challenging the way our hearts/heads/society is wired… but with God (especially as our EVERYTHING and ENOUGH) all things are possible… 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement today!

  3. Appreciate your sharing.

  4. We have been debt free since 2007 and we cut up all credit cards other than our debit, but we both still struggle as a couple and now with two sons. We are doing OCC as a family this year b/c our boys are old enough to understand the idea that someone else in the world does not have toys and toothbrushes, etc. like them. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus needs to be enough.

    • Congratulations, Dionne! That is wonderful! The freedom from the bondage of debt is incredible– and then we also have freedom in Christ. Awesome.

      Best of luck with your continued journey to Christ being all we need 🙂

  5. Our wants and our desires do get mixed together at times. God does promise to supply our needs and we must be content with what he gives us. If there is surplus, we must be greatful and willing to share. Thank you for your wonderful story that you have shared at: Tell me a Story!

    • Right on, Hazel. It is very interesting to see our “wants” turn into “needs” aka I “NEED” that new iPhone or I “need” a brand new purse… God has our backs and we content when we are in plenty or in want!

  6. I love that book by Linda Dillow – it really helped to change my heart in some areas. I actually faced this situation with money the other night – when I was afraid that we wouldn’t have enough….NEXT MONTH. haha!!! Talk about borrowing trouble! And then it hit me: “What do we need?” Nothing. I know how to make meals out of practically nothing and our kids have enough clothes and toys to last 3 lifetimes (thanks to hand-me downs). Suddenly the anxiety left and it never returned. Sometimes that simple question can help put things into perspective. We have so many wants but so few actual needs. And discerning the two – and turning our focus onto God’s Kingdom – can bring peace! Blessings from Croatia: A Little R & R: http://www.littlerandr.og

    • Thank you so much for sharing your testimony with us!! And praise God for taking care of your anxiety in such a big way… That is so awesome.

      Appreciate you stopping by ALL THE WAY FROM CROATIA! Wowzers. You just made my day 🙂

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