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A Craving for Less

A Craving for Less

As my children’s complaints increased in volume and intensity, my gaze darted around the grocery store and I inwardly cringed. If someone didn’t know my sweet and well-cared-for darlings, they might suspect my offspring were deprived and malnourished.

“Can’t we go out to eat? We never eat out.”

“I need new jeans. I have nothing to wear.”

“Why can’t I go to so-and-so’s house? Everyone is going.”

Oh, the angst my poor sorrowful babies had to endure. If only they could have more of whatever they deemed necessary at the time.

But could our children be taking their cues from us? Do parents fall into the same need-more traps? How often do we verbalize our dreams for a bigger house, a better salary, additional time, increased status, the best-behaved children, or a better whatever?

When the need-more bug permeates our households, what’s a family to do? How do we model and teach a heart of contentment and appreciation?

The following verses provide life-giving direction in our search for less and can give us much-needed perspective. May our families long for:

Less worry—and more faith in the One Who created us.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).

Less self-reliance—and more dependence on our Savior.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).

Less busyness—and more time for things that provide fulfillment in Christ.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

Less timidity—and more boldness to speak truth and to live victoriously.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:6,7).

Less noise—and more times of stillness in God’s presence.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me (Psalm 131:2).

Less whining—and more thankfulness for everyday joys.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

We want to teach our children to seek less of self and this world—and to long for more of Jesus.

How does your family redirect cravings to more of God and less of this world?

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and Peanut M&Ms enthusiast. She has penned four books, including Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals) and Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing, 2019 release). You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at Connect on Twitter at @LThomasWrites.

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