One month down. 11 months to go.
So far, so good on my one year of not shopping for myself. I feel the need to clarify my "calling" for the year, I only feel called to not shop for myself. No clothes, no jewelry, no purses, no shoes, or accessories. This is a personal mission. With that said, Ive had a lot of inquiries as to how I'm doing, and honestly, it hasn't been too hard...quite yet. I had done a lot of shopping in the fall, so I feel like my wardrobe has been set for the winter. And, in reality, my wardrobe is set for the entire year… which i will have to continually remind myself, because I know the true test will be in the Spring and Summer when the new lines hit the store fronts.
I have felt so much freedom already this month! Its unbelievable the freedom and joy that comes just from saying a simple yes. To being obedient to the nudges of the Holy Spirit. I have been asking God for a while for more of Him, yet when I'd feel those nudges Ive tended to ignore them and turn the other direction. How can I expect more of God if He can't even trust me with the little things He asks of me? Luke 16:10-13 ran over and over in my head the last few days of December and the first week of January. It is this:
"If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonost in little things, you won't be honest in greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other peoples things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
I have intended on writing all these verses down on cards and having them above the sink to faithfully read and memorize…and, come to think of it, I think I actually did, but Im pretty sure they didn't make it from the table to my wall over my sink…come to think of it even more, and I think either my 2 yr old, or my 5 yr old turned them into a science project….I will have to remedy that. Nothing around this house, with 4 kids is sacred. Anyway, my intentions are to memorize that passage throughout this year. My intentions are to be faithful with the little things cause I want so badly to be a woman that God can trust to be faithful with larger things!!
So heres to month 2!