Fighting the "Need" for Excess

I've probably been listening to the Mormon Channel's "Gospel Solutions for Families" a little too much (Is that even possible?) or maybe it's because my sister just recently had her first baby and they are adorable together, or maybe God just saw the need in my life to shake things up and call me to repentance. Whatever the case, I've been thinking a lot this past week about the kind of wife and mother I want to be.

How do I want my children to remember me? How do I want my husband to view my role as caretaker of our home and family? What can I do to ensure the well-being, financial stability, and happiness of future family?

Of course I've turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer. Asking Him to guide my thoughts, and lead me to answers. At this point, I don't remember when the idea first got planted into my head, but I started to realize... I have SO. MUCH. STUFF. And WE as a couple have SO. MUCH. STUFF.

We have so much food that lots of it goes to waste, yet our grocery bill often stays the same. I have so many clothes that I can't fit anymore in my closet, but I still shop. We have so much stuff that we can't even FIT anything else in our apartment, yet I'm still on Amazon pretty frequently wondering what I can get with my parent's Amazon Prime. So I started cutting back on our grocery bill, planning our dinners ahead of time and only buying what we need. Hello $26 grocery bills! So much better than what we have been previously spending which I won't even mention, you can just guess but it's more than double that. And I went through my closet and gave away everything that didn't fit or I wouldn't wear and vowed to buy no new clothes for a month. I could probably go a whole month without even wearing the same thing twice! Talk about spoiled. And since making that promise to myself, I've worn two tops that I haven't worn in months, and ya know what? They are still cute! I've even got a library card and have checked out a few books I've been dying to read rather than buying them brand new from Barnes & Noble.

And it's been INVIGORATING.

Maybe this has seemed like a word vomit to you, or a mess of a blog post. When I asked Heavenly Father to reveal my weaknesses in the area of excess to me, he kindly has enlightened me and broadened my view. I've realized what things I need to personally work on, and has given me so many ideas of preparing our family financially for the future. I'm excited about the changes I am making in my life, even though I know it's not easy to make permanent life style changes.

When all is said and done, I just want to be good. I want to become like my Savior. So giving, and thoughtful and kind that those who love me don't care what I wear, how my hair looks, or what car I'm driving. I want to be wealthy in the things that money can't buy, and have the money in savings we need for when things go wrong as they inevitably will. I want to be a wife and a mother who LOVES her children and husband more than shopping, more than the iPhone 6 and more than fancy furniture. THAT'S how I want to be remembered. As someone who gave her entire life up to God, and let Him help mold me into the person HE knows I can become.

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Ashley Z. said...

This is good! I'm totally with you on shopping but no more room for clothes!! It's crazy!! Thanks for sharing :)

Sharlee said...

We've never had too much, but we've had to simplify with me staying home with our baby now. I read a big post I came across on Pinterest about a mom who took her kids'toys away and stopped buying them new ones. She noticed that they didn't want as much... They didn't feel like they NEEDED more toys, they were more imaginative, and happier. She applied similar concepts to simplify her life and noticed a similar change of heart. It's hard to live simply in our consumeristic society, but I think it's worth working toward. I love your life long goals.

Whitney @ Southern Hope said...

We moved 3 times in 4 years and when you move a lot you realize how much junk you accumulate, we've taken many boxes to Goodwill. I love having empty space. So glad you are working on this! I need to go through my closet and just face up to what isn't going to fit anymore with my post partum body!

Tayler Morrell said...

Love this. That's my weakness with books: I'd be ok with checking them out from the library, but going into Barnes&Noble and coming out with a heavy bag is definitely one of the best feelings there are.

Rebecca Peterson said...

I just want you to know that this isn't word vomit! This is beautiful. I know I say this so often but you inspire me all the time to just keep trying to be a better person and to live a life devoted to GOD instead of a life devoted to STUFF. Thank you Brooklyn! Love you!