A Blog Post About Riches

Though I've not been doing as much blog writing as I'd like, I have been doing a great deal of blog reading. One post that especially spoke to my heart was one from Brooke's blog about finding ourselves overwhelmed with worries of what we can and can't afford:
"...in these times when i give into fear, or talk too loudly about limited income, or mention all those things we “can’t afford,” i paint this picture that makes it seem like to follow Jesus is almost akin to being an economic martyr.

it isn’t.

i need to give testimony to this: we are paid well; we are living in abundance. our boss is our Dad, and our Dad is very rich."
She goes on to witness to the riches that festoon her life: fresh fruit and organic eggs for breakfast, coffee shop trips, a tax return that paid for a new water hearter, donated items for a baby-on-the-way. And though there are at times struggles to make ends meet or wants that go without, she sees the beauty in them, too:
"His provision always comes, and always in perfect time. sometimes it comes through the offer of a job for pay, or picking up an extra shift at work. sometimes He prompts someone to share/give to us items that we need, or to just give us cash. sometimes we get checks from unexpected sources for odd reasons (like a refund check for having overpaid on car insurance). sometimes things are on sale. sometimes we’re able to barter services. and through it all, He is teaching us to revel in the beauty and freedom of simplicity and thrifting. and He shows our hearts what is really necessary and what is not, giving us grace to let go of the frills.

i am wealthy. my goodness, i am so rich."
I need this reminder. We have chosen to live a life that is simple and not marked by extravagant incomes. But that can often get forgotten when we focus on what we do not have instead of what we do have (quality free time, hobbies, homemade bread!). This kind of thinking completely distorts the picture because we have found ourselves never wanting, never missing bills, never having to choose milk over bread. We are not poor by any means! And yet it can be so easy to find ourselves bemoaning what we lack, even when they are by all accounts luxuries.

Oh, to truly embrace what we have rather rather than yearn after that which we don't...

I'd encourage you to go read Brooke's post in its entirety!

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  1. Thank you for the link :)

    It is so easy to forget. Being married to a military man has given me the confidence of a paycheck from him twice a month. Last week when the goverment shutdown was all anyone could talk about we weren't sure if that paycheck would be there on the 15th.

    That was scary! We have gotten so comfortable that it was a good reminder to trust in God, because that's where that money comes from.

    Praise God, from whom all blesings flow.

  2. Thank you for this reminder! As a young newlywed and student, things can be tight. Yet, we have never once been out of food or not been able to pay a bill early. Praise God!

  3. Such a timely read for me... things are tight, but we are so abundantly blessed.
    Count your blessings, name them one by one!
    Thank you for this blog!

  4. I love this. While I think our life is simple, it's always nice to get reminders like these to make it even simpler.

  5. Thanks so much for the "birds-of-a-feather" comments (for lack of a better turn of phrase!). I am glad that this post was an encouragement to others, as well!

  6. This is a great reminder of how blessed we all are! I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog :)

  7. This was such a good reminder to "count my blessings"!

  8. Awesome reminder of how truly blessed we are! thanks so much for sharing =)


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