"all my desire"
We ran some errands the other day ~ did a little Christmas shopping ~ and decided to stop in to a store we've never been in before.
It's fairly new in this neck of the woods. I think I saw one in San Antonio when we were visiting family a year ago, but it's only been here a few months.
I've heard nothing but good things from friends. They were excited one had opened near us, and I kept overhearing people say what wonderful treasures they'd found. Or I'd visit a friend, and compliment her on something pretty in her house, and she'd tell me she got it in that store. Or I'd be chatting with a friend from church or Bible study and they'd tell me they'd been there, and they'd found this or that, and had I checked it out yet?
But I avoided it. Our budget doesn't have room for cute little things, and tchotchkes and I didn't want to torture myself by going in and finding things I couldn't have. So I just didn't go.
Well the other evening we went. The Apple of my Eye wanted to check it out and we thought we might find a Christmas present or two for a loved one.
It was really nice. It was interesting and varied in a way I didn't expect. We enjoyed wandering the aisles and pointing out things to each other. And I did buy something for a friend.
But you know what? I really didn't want anything. I admired things, but didn't have any great urge to buy. Isn't it so nice and freeing to be able to just appreciate things without coveting?
I love the feeling of contentment.
~ "be content with such things as you have.
For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you
nor forsake you.'" ~