Faith, Giving Thanks, Growth, Struggle

What Abundance Can Feel Like

August 6, 2012

In the swaying and manuvering through my days, I still mange to get lost.  I stumble over toys and books and as my feet slip, so does my mind, off into space, thinking about other things, worldly things.  There’s this big temptation to take it all for granted- to look around and shrug ungrateful in the face of SO much. I was just complaining to a friend that I felt choked by abundance. How does that happen? How do we have so much that it threatens to suffocate?

We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift. (John 1:16 Msg)

As soon as the words left my mouth, I felt it all wrong. Surely we have misused gifts we have been given. There have been times when we have taken abundance and God’s good grace and gathered it up like hoarders,  stashing it away, tucking it into spaces, finding comfort in it, instead of in Him. Keeping it for ourselves instead of sharing it. Taking it all for granted enough to actually complain about abundance.

Is anything we have not a good and perfect gift set before us from his hand?

Perhaps it’s all sacred.

If’ it is all a gift, which I believe it is, then, this abundance that surrounds us, is to be shared.

If we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. (1st Timmothy 6:8 Msg)

We ought to give as generously as we receive. And we are learning this. The more we do the more I want to do…We don’t need what all we think we do. We don’t need the excesses that fill every corner and closet. We only need more of HIM. I am trying so hard to learn how to live this right now.

I have been cleaning out for what feels like a year.  As I clean out the physical, so God is cleaning out my spiritual. Pushing to the surface the trash so that it can be set out to the curb, dusting out the corners and clutter, making more space for him to come and settle within. For his abundance to become our abundance to share. It feels good. It feels like home when HE settles in.  When you find yourself longing only for more of what He has, and less of what you have, that is where you will find abundance unmatched.

What are you longing for today?

Have you considered what you really need?

Counting beyond 1000 Gifts:
Connecting with family
Vacation
Having no schedule, no agenda
Lazy afternoons watching the kids splash in the pool
New opportunities
So many good books to read!
Friends who encourage

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  • Reply Leslie P. Wilson August 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    A good word for me this busy Monday–especially after a week of computer woes and other general annoyances. Minor. Just piddly stuff–and I need to treat it as such and not grant it such importance in my life. Thanks for the great reminder!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Ahh, Leslie, you sound like me. Sometimes I let the most minor things overcome me and I have to step back and take a deep breath, gain some perspective and realize (again) where my focus needs to be. Such a treat seeing you here today. Thank you for reading! What a blessing your words are!

  • Reply Stefanie Brown August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Powerful thought ~ hoarding! How true, though. May he empower us to give abundantly, more than we ever thought we could.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Amen!! :)

  • Reply Natalie at Mommy on Fire August 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    YES. I so get this. We are in the process of preparing for our first-ever garage sale because we just have SO much and I feel overwhelmed by our things. In fact, we’re pretty much giving everything away. You put words to exactly how I’m feeling about our the crazy amount of possessions we have – too much to keep track of and it simply just adds more to do. Thank you!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Yes, Natalie. I know this place too well. I have been cleaning out for over a year, little by little, and with each bag we take out, I feel a little better. It’s a journey, a process, and I’m still very much in it. Praying for you as you clean out the clutter.

  • Reply Mary Bonner August 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    It always feels good to get rid of stuff…because that is usually what it is…STUFF. Maybe even junk. This is great, Kris.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Indeed Mary. I love a good clean out. With a family of 6, it feels like we are always in clean-out mode. It’s shocking (disturbing?) how fast we can accumulate junk in this space. I am trying SO hard to change that.

  • Reply Shari Miller August 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Beautiful! When it all comes down to it, it’s just us and God. That’s all we need, no other person, thing, or place will ever compare.
    Blessings~
    Shari

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Amen, Shari!

  • Reply Shelly Miller August 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    physical and spiritual cleaning out is something that often comes with summer’s abundance hanging everywhere for me. It’s a good season to be in.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 8, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Yes, the clean-out runs steady here, it’s a difficult but beautiful blessing 😉

  • Reply Shelly Miller August 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I just have to say how excited I am that I can comment on your site again. I changed my browser from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome and it seems to be working so much better. Yay!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Oh Shelly, I’m thrilled to see you here again! And so happy you are back- I missed you while you were away!

  • Reply Michele-Lyn August 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I’m going to mull over this a bit. “Surely we have misused gifts we have been given.” Such convicting thoughts here. Thank you for your heart.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Blessings my friend. Thank you for reading, and encouraging.

  • Reply Annie Wald August 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Thanks for sharing this. It was a needed reminder for me to help resist my hoarding tendencies. Too often I fear there won’t be enough–even though, as you say, I have everything I need in Him.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia August 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Yes, Annie, All we need is in Him. Praying we both remember this. Thank you for your kind words,

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