4 Powerful Ways To Avoid Covetousness

Covetousness

To covet: To desire or wish for, with eagerness. (1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

Coveting. It happens. Moms look at other moms. Bloggers look at other bloggers. Women look at other women. All desiring something the other has. Maybe better behaved children? Maybe a more popular blog? Maybe a slender figure? Coveting can even take the form of desiring another’s spouse, home, or job.

It is not hard to covet. Our eyes, following our deceitful heart, wander away from what is enough and perfect for us and aspires for what is not. Yet we need to be aware that this is a serious sin akin to idolatry. Desiring something that is another’s is a stumbling block in our faith and relationship with God. Also, when we look outside of what God has deemed is best for us, we dump the joy of contentment.

Covetousness breeds unrest and complaining. It pulls the heart down into the mire of a self-pleasing attitude. It removes us from the will of God. We no longer “Set [our] minds on things that are above.(Colossians 3:2, brackets mine) Instead, we set our heart on things on earth. This is a difficult and trying way to live life because our coveting will never be satisfied. Whatever it is we think we need or want won’t be enough or attainable because it was never meant for us to begin with.

We must be careful to “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.(Colossians 3:5) Jesus warns us toTake care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) We need to keep a close eye on our jealous heart so covetous temptations don’t take hold of us.

Here are 4 powerful ways to avoid the snare of covetousness:

1. Prayer. Prayer is powerful because our Father is mighty. It is necessary to jump on sin and not let it inundate our lives. God is faithful to hear our prayer and to help us. Remember “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) 

2. Gratefulness. A grateful heart will not want what it doesn’t have. Andrew Murray teaches, “Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.” Gratefulness puts our attention on God so we have no opportunity to look elsewhere and covet. He is more than enough to fill our hearts, mind and soul. Being grateful also helps us appreciate what God has given us here on earth. Giving “thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” produces contentment in all things.  

3. Be content. A content heart won’t desire other than what it has in any given moment. We learn this from Paul, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.(Philippians 4:11)  Paul was in bonds and imprisoned but he learns to bring his mind and heart to accept it and make the best of it. If we do the same, seek contentment, covetousness won’t get a foothold in our life. There is rest and sufficiency in being content. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

4. Eternal focus.  Keeping our eyes focused on things above and not on things on earth will put life in perspective. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(Matthew 16:19-21) Treasuring our eternal life encourages us to see what is truly important. It isn’t about having more but about looking forward to life in our eternal home. 

Ephesians 5:6 clearly states, “Covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among the saints.” A very clear warning that we must heed. Love your life and the design of it. God is perfect in His will and purpose for each of us. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.(James 1:17) How we are made is done wonderfully and fearfully by the hands of God. Our lot in this life is just what we need to live and thrive. Most importantly, God loves us and we can count on that love daily to fill us to overflowing so our eyes and heart are not wandering, looking for something better.

 

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Monday’s Musings #222 & June Daybook

Monday's Musings #221 & June Daybook | What Joy Is Mine

Today is June 26th.

Weather is really warm at 88 degrees with a breeze that only blows around the warm air. However, I am inside my much cooler home typing this. Last week we had temps well over 100 degrees so not complaining about 88.

Inside my house we are being totally relaxed. It’s Sunday after all. One of us is even napping. (Not me, of course.) We will probably play a game later on. Yes!

I am thinking about what to do for my niece as a send off to her new job at Walt Disney World. It’s a neat opportunity through a local university. She will be gone 6 months and will be greatly missed while she’s hanging out with Mickey.

An update on my 52 photo challenge: I fluctuate between doing it and forgetting to. However, I have been more intentional than not. I have been shooting photos of my family in every day life. You know catching those moments we take for granted. Doing this activity helps me be a better and focused photographer. Give it a try.

In the garden, our pear tomato plant is starting produce tomatoes. My husband is excited about that. He loves these tomatoes straight off the vine. Are you growing any veggies or fruit this summer?

Around the house, we are decidedly doing all our chores in the morning to avoid being too warm while cleaning. The afternoons are spent doing things that don’t require much movement like reading, blogging, bible study, crafting and light chores.

I am readingSelf-Raised,” which I had put aside to read some other books but have picked it up again. It is the sequel to “Ishmael.” If you have not read any Lamplighter books, you gotta! I’d love to hear what you are reading. Any suggestions?

I believe we have found a car. It has been ten long days of test driving, comparison shopping and praying. And we did all the driving and looking in 100+ degree temps. Not fun or comfortable. At one point, I thought about test driving a car to be in the air conditioned space for a bit. Tee hee.

I enjoyed celebrating my birthday this month. I love birthdays! Precious reminder of the gift of life. I spent most of my actual birthday car shopping but in the evening my Love and I had dinner at a fancy schmancy restaurant. It was gift from our oldest son. My Love gave me beautiful red roses and our kiddos made me homemade cards (which I always request), and some fabulous goodies. I also requested a game night which we conquered last night. Now to have a birthday cupcake! Maybe this week.


I loved seeing the Broadway production of “Newsies.” It is one of our most favorite movies in our home so we couldn’t miss this show. And it didn’t fail! The show was well done and very enjoyable. If you have not seen the movie, do watch it! Then, if you can, catch the Broadway production on tour.

I am thankful for new friends at our church. It has been a blessing getting to know them and see our friendships blossom. I am also thankful for essential oils, iced tea, my birthday, teachings in contentment, my daughter’s part in a new theater production and holding hands with my husband.

Favorite quote:  “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”      -Augustine

We are entering the last few days of June. Can you believe it? Summer is in full swing and the heat is on. Thank you for visiting today. Can’t wait to see what you share this week.

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An Accident, A Good God & Monday’s Musings #221

An Accident, A Good God & Monday's Musings #221 | What Joy Is Mine

I shared last week that my car was rear-ended and in the shop. It took them ten days but they finally decided what to do. They deemed my car a total loss. This was bittersweet news for me. That car has served us well. It has driven baseball players to and from games and practices, was used to teach two kids to drive, taken us to Disneyland, the beach, Kansas, Memphis, Alabama, Colorado, Arizona, and Missouri, a few of those on more than one occasion, not to mention the many every day activities and errands. I am going to miss that car. So many memories.

Letting go and moving forward isn’t always desired or easy. We get comfortable and any change, no matter how little, is disrupting to our life. However, our Father knows what is best for us all the time. For us, He knew our car had many miles on it. He knew we were going to have to replace the timing chain before it snapped, which would cost more to fix if it did. He also knew we are hoping to take three out-of-state trips after summer and would need a more reliable vehicle. The way in which a new more reliable vehicle would be made available to us was not at all what we would choose, however, we “know that for those who love God all things work together for good.(Romans 8:28) Including the unexpected and sad things.

So, even a situation like this shines forth a faithful and loving God. We have learned:

  1. God is all knowing. Omniscient. He knew what we would endure. “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.(Psalm 147:5)
  2. God always provides. Our Jehovah Jireh. He makes sure we have what we need to endure. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:19)
  3. God is present. Omnipresent. He never forsakes His children and He hasn’t left our side. He reminds us, “My presence will go with you.(Exodus 33:14) 
  4. God is wise. He perfectly knows the best way in every detail of every circumstance to bring about His purpose in our lives. And we say, “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.” (Romans 16:27)
  5. God protects. We did not suffer serious injury and we are not stuck with a financial burden because of the accident. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1)
  6. God loves abundantly. We have felt His steadfast love in how all the concerns surrounding this situation have come together without any of our doing. “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.(1 John 4:16)
  7. God is trustworthy. We can completely trust Him to guide us in deciding on the right vehicle for our family. We know He will do this so we “Commit [our] way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.(Psalm 37:5, brackets mine)

No matter how nerve wrecking these last few weeks have been, we have found peace in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1b) He has been our Keeper. (Psalm 121:5) And we believe what He has brought our way, He will continue to bring us through as He is “the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.(Deuteronomy 7:9) 

Friends, it is a new week. And that means, new encouragement! Thank you for sharing. Now onto the party.

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How I Journal When I Study the Word

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Journaling the Bible has really taken off. People don’t just highlight verses in their bible now they draw pictures and create art in them, too. Okay…call me old fashioned but I can’t bring myself to color in my bible. I do underline verses with pencil and that’s it. However, I do like the idea of journaling what I study and learn. So, let me share with you what I do.

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My supplies include a regular notebook, a bag with a few different pens, markers and colored pencils, my Bible, Matthew Henry Commentary and Blue Letter Bible (an online bible help). The BLB help I pull up on my phone so I have it handy.

I usually do my study in my reading corner. It’s also the space where I pray as well. It’s a quiet corner with a chaise chair in our home. Perfect for laying out all my stuff while I study.

How I Journal When I Study the Word | What Joy Is Mine

Now my journaling is done in this way:

~ I pray for wisdom and understanding and that God blesses my time in His Word. Always I seek Him first.

~ Next, I read the chapter I’m in. At the moment I am working through the book of Acts. Specifically, I’m in chapter 19 so I read the entire chapter before writing down anything.

~ After reading through the chapter, I break down the chapter. Sometimes, it’s verse by verse and other times it’s a section as a whole. Really depends on what is happening in the chapter and what the Lord is saying.

~ When I know what I am focusing on, I use my Matthew Henry Commentary to help dig deeper into the section. I also break down specific words that stand out to me and look up definitions. I can find even more info in the Blue Letter Bible from other commentaries, definitions from Vine’s Expository & Strong’s Concordance, biblical usage of words/phrases, and cross references. Truly, how much I dig in and learn changes each time I sit to study.

~ Lastly, I use one color ink pen for all my personal observations, applications and prayer. Pink is that color. No matter what other colors I use, pink signifies my lessons learned and closing prayer which I write down. Choosing a consistent color throughout my notebook helps me find those teachings easily when I look back.

My Bible study journaling does take time. My aim is to spend at least thirty minutes in my study yet sometimes I go over that. It just depends. The benefit of journaling this way is I can write down as much as I desire since I am journaling in a notebook and not my Bible. Let me share a few more pages with you from my journaling notebooks.

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Well, that’s how I journal when I study the Word of God. How do you dig in and study the Word?

 

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Monday’s Musings #220 & What I’ve Been Up To

Monday's Musings #220 & What I've Been Up To | What Joy Is Mine

It is so incredible how quickly time goes by. It seems like just last week I was deciding to take a month off from blogging. Truly a reminder of how easy it is to fill up the time you’ve been given.

So, what have I been up to?

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Well, I spent about two weeks of my month off hanging out with and coordinating meals and snacks for a cast and crew of 70+ students. Our daughter is a part of an all student run theater group and they just finished a production of Treasure Island. It was swashbuckling fun with pirates, a ship and lots of adventure! Backstage, I coordinated parents to help plan meals for the show’s tech week then snacks for all 6 of their shows. It was quite the two weeks and I didn’t realize the time it would take to get it all done. However, I absolutely loved it! It was so much fun and a blessing to the cast and crew.

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 (Closing night cake donated by one of our parents.)

On not-so-good-news, I was rear-ended one of the afternoons we were on our way to the theater. My son and daughter were with me when it happened. Thankfully, we had minor discomforts and the man who hit us had insurance. My car is now at the repair shop being evaluated and we’re waiting to hear what the plan will be.


I am reading through and discussing, with other women, a book called ” The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment” by Jeremiah Burroughs. We meet bi-monthly and enjoy real good talks while, most importantly, encouraging one another in our faith.

My family helped me get our garden planted. We are growing pear tomatoes, zucchini, lots of basil and mint, rosemary, yellow peppers, green peppers, and two types of chili peppers. I have few other plants I want to add along with some flowers that will deter bugs and insects that want to destroy my veggies. I am praying this year that the squash bugs stay far, far away from our zucchini. They just gross me out.

Lastly, I have been giving WJIM a facelift. Making a few changes here and there. Maybe you’ve noticed? It’s an ongoing renovation here but I’m making progress. I hope you like the new look and easier access to things you’re looking for. I also have been working on a couple of ideas that I am looking forward to sharing with you. Honestly, it was my desire to have them done in my month away but it didn’t happen. No worries, they will get done.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. And I am so glad to be back. I am going to keep summer low key but I will be blogging still. And I am so grateful you’re here! Thank you for continuing to visit while I took my month off. So, what have you to share today?

Monday's Musings #220 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose: I would LOVE! to have you share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.) Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo below. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Oh, and sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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