"Thou shalt not covet what thy neighbor or HGTV have." :)
See our kitchen? The sunshine, alone, makes me smile as I look at it from The Red Couch.
Does our kitchen have an island?
Tons of counter space and storage?
Lots of gadgets?
Stainless steel appliances?
Lots of drawers?
A utility closet?
No. Nor does it have built-in Lazy Susans, special spice drawers, spiffy canned goods cupboards, porcelain counter tops or ceramic tile flooring.
Are Tom and I suffering because we don't have these things? Uh, no. Not even. Oh, pantry and utility closets might feel dreamy, but we're cooking, eating and cleaning just fine without them and we've created different forms of kitchen storage in other places.
Now, does the world tell us we should have all of those extra things?
Yes, it does. Everywhere on tv, online, home stores, newspapers, catalogs, billboards and well, as I said, everywhere. It finds us even when we don't go looking.
Could Tom and I currently afford to add some of these things to our kitchen?
Yes. We could. But as for us and our house, we will only install what feels necessary and what we believe God is nudging us to do. Not what the world tells us we must have if we're to fit in and be cool. Not what the world says is necessary to live comfortably today. And not because we gave-in to any pressure from anybody to, "Keep up or be left behind in Nobody Land."
Oh, how we all need to unplug from the world each day! To quietly separate the truth from all those thousands of subtle lies which brainwash us, making us think we're missing-out. Confusing us as to what matters and what does not.
May we, daily, come away and remember what is real, Whose we are and how very rich we are in Him.
"My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right. " ...Theodore Hesburgh
I snapped this through our living room window yesterday. Thought the lighting and subject matter kinda cool.
May I count my blessings rather than always list what I do not own.
May I treasure the need, the privilege to be creative and never resent what happened on the unique journey to finding Myself With Him.