What Am I Storing Up?

I am the first to admit that I love things. I wouldn't say I am overly attached, because I have begged God to work in my heart this way for 11 years straight, but I have to be honest, I adore stuff.

Some of the stuff I'm talking about would be, say clothing {I love fashion more than I can express}, jewelry, oh man I adore jewelry. I love make-up, I am addicted to lip stuff. I dig nic nacs, and vintage goods, like linens, and cute kitchen decor, I also love papers, and cards, and art. I am a sucker for shoes, sunglasses, purses and bags.

I also don't want to create a situation where I am making others covet. It's part of our responsibility to help a brother out where sinning is concerned. I know it's OK if I have 2 pairs of super cute sunglasses, but sometimes I feel bad if it makes someone want them. Get what I'm sayin?

Once I started blogging, about 8 months ago, my craving for these things became stronger. (I've seen so much materialism and the goal of trying to attain this find or that find everyday that I wasn't use to seeing) Something that had been quiet and tamed in me for quite some time, was being awaken again. And I didn't like it.


Before I was a christian, I didn't see anything wrong with collecting or wanting or striving to have things. It was only natural after all. The rest of the world does it. And there isn't necessarily anything wrong  or sinful about having such things. The problem comes in though when I start to covet. Or when I start to get depressed in my spirit when I can't or don't have this or that. The problem comes in when I am filling my mind with thoughts of how, when and where I can get these things. The problem comes in in the thought process. Before I know it my mind is filled with wants, and my heart is filled with lust, envy and covetousness. These are not the attributes of the God we serve. These are not the makings of a Kingdom life. This is not who God created us to be, or what He created for us to go after. He has asked us to "store up our treasures in heaven."

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21



I don't like living with my lust for things refueled, I preferred when it was quiet, and so does my God. I sincerely want to store up my treasures in heaven, not on this earth! I want a pure heart, and by going after all this materialism is clouding my judgement for what is right. It's all dust anyway!

I have to protect and guard my heart against certain things; for instance, I don't watch any celebrity gossip on T.V. , I don't buy fashion magazines anymore, and I'll avoid certain websites and blogs to keep me from temptation. There are precautions we can take, because God asks us to guard our hearts--

"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23

It's always always a heart matter, so it's not like I am not going to deprive myself or that God doesn't want us to buy things. He just doesn't want this to be our goal, our aim in life. He doesn't want it to be taking over.  He wants these longings to be put on the back burner, and our longing for the things of Him and His Kingdom to be on the front burner!


What is storing up treasures in heaven? Anything done in this life that has eternal value.


So next time you are feeling bad in your gut because you don't have this thing or that thing, or even the hottest trend---it can even be simple things like a garden, or your own chickens, or a beautiful landscaped yard---remember, those are not Kingdom things, they have no eternal value; sure they are fine and good,  and they serve a purpose for your family, but they don't hold value for the next life we are all waiting for! Don't count your life as less because you have less. Or because you don't have a certain something.
I'm confident it's a battle we all fight. And I'm confident the Lord is carrying us through it, seeing right into our hearts, ready to provide us with everything we need.

18 comments:

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    1. Hi Ruthy! Have you not seen me on here before?! Awwww, ....happy to see YOU!

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  2. Oh and my problem is you are so easy/ so fun to buy for. I could walk through Target on ANY given day and fill a cart with beautiful things I know you would love! I appreciate your honesty and know what you mean, ive seen headbands on blogs that I had to have ( I thought) & I have realized I dont even look good in headbands, but I think if so and so looks so pretty and if I have tha headband will I be pretty too? The answer is NO! & dont get me started on eye creams. I am walking with you in this and your honesty and openness is inspiring, you are right it IS about the heart and God knows that beautiful heart of yours! Well done dear sister, well done!

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  3. Thank you so so much Aimk, I so appreciate your words, and support. It is a journey for sure, thank you for seeing that, and for encouraging me! That's so funny about the headbands, you had me LOLiing:)

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  4. I have found that blogging and pinterest have made that desire worse for me to. I keep having to remind myself "Do I NEED that?" I also don't have or watch television stations, and I don't read magazines. That has really helped big time with image/self-esteem issues too. Great post.

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    1. Thank you MixedMolly, it's so good to hear from you and have feedback!
      You are so right, which is exactly why I am not on Pinterest, oh I want to be so desperately but it would eat me alive. I'm so glad to know you, thank you;) You are very wise in your walk!

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  5. You totally read my mind with this post! I am dealing with the same thing. I recently gave up my subscription to Better Homes & Gardens because it makes me feel like my house is inadequate. I am trying to store up experiences and time with the Lord vs stuff. Thanks for sharing this today!

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    1. Tracie! I'm so glad, I love when God works this way;) He gave me these words--I searched for them for months, and finally got em'. Thank you for your encouragement to me and for reading, I so appreciate it.

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    2. Oh, and I can totally relate to the magazine thing--I so badly would love to indulge in Martha Stewart Living etc...but totally brings me down down down...;) We do what we have to do to guard our precious hearts!

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    1. ;) thank you for reading Hannah I really appreciate
      hearing from you!

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  7. I totally needed to read this!!! Thank you for the gentle reminder ;)

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank YOU Kristy! I think I need a hundred of these gentle reminders all day long :/

      thank you for reading and for commenting!

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  8. Oh man I needed this!
    This is something I struggle with soo much and I am reading a book called Crazy Love and it is soo convicting of things like materialism.
    We have to keep our eyes on heaven and our minds on our Savior!

    Kirsten
    {travandkirk.blogspot.com}

    ps I am gonna link to this on my blog. I hope thats ok :)

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    1. Kirsten, yes of course that is wonderful, thank you dearly!

      I am SO glad and overjoyed that God works the way He does, He gave me these words, I prayed for months for a piece like this and He finally gave it to me, and just at the right timing;)

      Crazy Love is an amazing book!

      Thanks for reading, I'm gonna go check out YOUR blog now:o

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  9. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. We don't have much. I am always feeling guilty because I cannot buy my children the things they need let alone what they want. Three years of unemployment lost our home and financial security. Everytime I think about what I don't have, I think about those that have so much less. I want to be satisfied by Him alone!

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    1. You are so wise Barbie! I am sorry for your hardship, I know how painful that can be, but I'm delighted to hear God working through it all, and in you.
      I was a single mom for 7 years or so, and my daughter didn't have much as far as material things go, but I have the most important "things" for her, and I am sure your kids do too! I know that can be hard when other kids have so much these days it seems.

      Thank you for reading and for sharing with me:)

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  10. this is really good gina.. honestly i have been feeling this way alot. mostly within my blog. because it has been growing... i am trying to stay true to who i am. and why i am doing it.. and its to spread the love of God.. its easy to get caught up in "things" of this world...my heart is to get caught up with Jesus..and share it. =) love you...

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