Giving Thanks

Overcoming Obsession: In Search of Lasting Joy

Hudson leaves his mark…
Hello, my name is Lydia…and I’m a shopaholic.

I don’t know when and how it happened.  What I do know is that in the past two-and-a-half months, I have shopped more (and more frequently) than I have in a lifetime – literally!  My only justification is just that – I’ve just discovered my feminine side and she’s making up for lost time.  It’s been a whirlwind of visiting outlets, malls, and even consignment stores to try and put together a closet of clothing articles that I can learn how to put together…doing something I’ve had a hard time doing throughout my life – produce outfits (my sister and husband have been my fashion consultants…and I still ask for their “stamp of approval”).  Luckily, by using my “Fashion 101 (because I need all the help I can get)” Pinterest board, along with my friends’ “Every Pretty Penny” blog, I’ve started learning what works well together (more like “copy what I see and like the best I can”).  Here are some samples I’ve had a chance to take photos of…

Feb 2, 2013 Residents’ Night Out
New jeans!  😀
Tommy…Tommy…and more Tommy!
Denim jacket & navy shirtdress…so glad I found them!
The boots are taking over our home!!  O.O”

So yes, clothes shopping has been a focal point in my life.  Yes, my wardrobe is now becoming something I feel I can work with (mix ‘n match, and all that jazz).  But no, I can’t say I’m proud of my endeavors.

It is nice to accumulate these nice pieces and feeling like I’m not the fashion pariah I was of the past (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit).  Buying clothing and the enjoyment of looking good and “put together” is not wrong.  Many of my friends are more than capable of finding a balance in keeping the good, well…good.  I, on the other hand, have the tendency of taking the good and overdoing it…to the point it becomes BAD!  There is a reason we’ve coined the term “shopaholic”…these otherwise good things become an addiction and obsession, and we begin to lose sight of where our faith and trust should truly reside (something much more substantial than a closet full of stuff that’s one house fire away from annihilation).

So the moral of this story is – where does our hope and security and joy lie?  Are you like “the shopaholic” me, seeking happiness and joy in things that will eventually (or sometimes immediately) fade away?  Or do you seek to find hope and joy in something more lasting and eternal?

“The grass withers, the flower fades,  
but the word of our God will stand forever.”
~ Isaiah 40:8 

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; 
they shall obtain gladness and joy, 
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
~ Isaiah 51:11

Clothes shopping will always leave me wanting more…and spending more of my hard earned money on things that probably won’t last beyond this next season (trends-wise).  True joy will only be found in something that we can place our trust in for much longer.  “Everlasting” and “forever” is definitely MUCH longer.  This doesn’t mean my shopping days are over and done with (for there’s nothing wrong with shopping in and of itself)…but I know I must continually remind myself that it cannot be the source of my ultimate satisfaction, for it will fail miserably.  There has to be something (or in this case, someONE) that is much more worthy of my faith…because He will be there now and forevermore.  
Can’t get more “lasting” than that! 

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…warm bed on a cold winter morning…quite satisfying too…

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