Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Storing Up

We purchased some lovely large grass bales and have them all stored away. We also purchased some grass alfalfa hay and stored it too. Prices were high this year for alfalfa/grass. We didn't get very much of it. I feel a bit insecure not having our barns full this year. Not having an overabundance, not having more than enough. We have enough, unless...., unless.... unless.

Isn't that how our lives go? We often have enough and yet we still want more. And more. And more. When Mark and I started out we had a house and a half a beef a year for free and we made 700. a month and it was enough. But we wanted more. And later we had more. Then later again, more. Now, we have even more. But still I have this tendency to want. Why? To feel secure I think. Greed perhaps.

We read the Bible every morning. We pray. We try to live by love and faith. But my want contradicts my faith I think.

I read this the other morning, sitting in the hot tub under a clear blue sky, (Seriously, could it get any better?) and I got goose bumps because it was not my voice I heard, but Jesus.

Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions."

And He told them a parable saying, "The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?'

Then he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'

But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'

So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."

I always remember this verse too:
For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

What do you treasure? I have been pondering this all week. Perhaps it is time for me to do a little realignment.


  1. ahhh. Beautiful AND wise. How did I get so blessed? And yet shouldn't I want righteousness and peace more than I want you? hmmm mark

  2. Wow, this is a very good reminder. I too often let my treasure be wanting my crafts and art to be unique.It comes from a fear of not being able to be successful doing what I love, because I am not just letting my self take joy in God and trust him that he will always take care of me. (don't know if that made sense)

    Thanks for this post I needed it.

  3. Another way of looking at what you're saying is the difference between attachment and detachment. Possessions in and of themselves have no value - are neither good nor bad. The question is whether our value, our worth is found in our attachments or in our relationship with God? A good example of detachment is the rich man who gave up his tomb (a highly valuable item in that day)for Jesus' burial. I suspect God was pleased - even though he was rich.



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