As I began to put my thoughts together, very appropriately for my topic today, Jeremy Camp comes on singing his song, Keep Me In The Moment.
My husband and I are in the process of purchasing this property, pictured above. We are talking with a builder and trying to squeeze in every upgrade we can afford to build our dream home.
My heart is torn between all the beauty and comfort money can buy and living within our means. That’s why I chose the title Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground. I want to live in the clouds, but the visibility up there is lacking. I would wander down the path filled with financial pitfalls. Yet, doesn’t God long to give us the desires of our heart?
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:3-4 ESV
Yep! Right there in black and white.
Okay, so there are some parameters: trust God, do good, be faithful, and let him be my delight. So how do I pivot? Today I read the following.
The unbelievers worship what they make—their wealth and their work.
…Their possessions will never satisfy…Psalm 115:4-6 TPT
Basically it speaks to me of checking my heart. Am I trying to find satisfaction by how many high-end finishes I can obtain? Am I worshiping at the altar of materialism? Probably.
So I am stepping back and taking a moment to be present with God, just like the song says. I don’t want to miss the blessing this is meant to be.
The Holy Spirit has nudged me to look at it this way: beauty brings peace and calm, where extravagance brings stress for the soul. It’s not wrong to crave beauty in my life, apparently I have God’s permission, but he needs to be the one holding my heart, not the material things.
When I reach the point of peace and calm I will know I have it right.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.James 3:17 ESV
Have you felt that struggle? Do you dread coming down out of the clouds? Do you need God’s wisdom to bring you to that place of peace? I pray we will find it.
Grace & Peace,