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Devo 2

The past few weeks seem to have had a common theme that has woven them together and I wanted to share this with you. No doubt most of us can relate. It is so easy to have "the grass is always greener on the other side" mentality. At times in my life I have fallen into that trap that Satan sets up for me. Maybe you have fallen into it, too, at times. It isn't hard to do. Maybe you see someone else with material things that you wish you had, or you see someone with personality traits that you wish you had, or you see someone who you think has a perfect life and you want it!!!

The Bible teaches that there is danger in coveting (Luke12:15), in not being content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5), and in comparing ourselves to others (2 Corinthians 10:12). It sounds hard to live by when the world goes on around us, and it is so commonplace to do these things...so accepted a practice. But we are called by Christ to be in the world and not of it. And with Him living in us, all things are possible!

The other day, my husband shared something with me that happened out on our deck between him and our 5 year-old daughter. He was thinking in his mind of how he was unhappy with some aspects of his job and how sometimes he just wished he worked somewhere else. Mind you, he was just thinking this. She turned toward him and calmly said, "Daddy, be careful what you wish for." It blew us away! Lesson learned. God can use even a little child to remind us of what is important. He has a job. I can stay home and raise my children and homeschool my daughter and we aren't struggling financially. That in itself is a blessing!

A few days later, I was reading the same child a book called, "Just Enough and Not Too Much" about a boy who had simple things, but was happy. Then he got to thinking he wasn't really happy....he wanted more. When he got more, he realized he was happier when he had less. There was less clutter and he had time for his friends and life was just simpler. My daughter, wise beyond her years I think, looked at me and said, "I wish I had a stuffed animal like that. But I'm happy with what I have." I think God was smiling down on her thinking, "She's got the right idea!"

Lord, help us all to be thankful for what You have given to us and to never doubt that You love us and long to bless us. Sometimes with material things. Sometimes with friends and family who love us. Sometimes with a word in the Scripture we read that seems to be put there just for us. Sometimes just life itself. Thank You most of all for the blessing of Your precious Son Jesus who You sent to die for our sins so that we could live with you forever in Heaven someday. Help us to have a great week and keep us all safe! In Jesus' name~ Amen.

Have a great week, guys!

Love you!