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Covet

Dear mums (and dads, and others!),

I’ve been meaning to write a follow up to the last post about praying with children (note to self: write blog post about finding time to write blog posts), but haven’t managed it yet in between all of the sicknesses (mine), tantrums (not all mine) and general life chaos (definitely mine). And so here’s a post about that very thought. I want to do 2 things; firstly, to draw your attention to this article http://www.raisinggodlychildren.org/2013/01/dear-moms-jesus-wants-you-to-chill-out.html,

and secondly, to think super-quickly about a little point from said article, “don’t make homemade bread simply because you see other moms posting pictures of their homemade bread on Facebook.”

We all know that to covet is a sin. But think how easily we slip into it – more so than, let’s say, stealing, which we would perhaps have stronger guilty feelings about. This is something that I see creeping into my own behaviour. If you’re a stay-at-home mum, then it’s easy to look at Facebook, Pinterest (this one perhaps more than others) and blogs without being called into question for doing it. We don’t have a boss looking over our shoulder, or someone who goes through our internet history. Perhaps we’re looking at other houses, decorating, parenting styles. Or going to a play-date at a friend’s house and thinking ‘that’s a great toy/playroom/puzzle/craft idea…I need to do that’. It seems harmless enough – almost like we’re complimenting the other mum on their choices. But actually it’s generating a feeling of not having enough or doing enough. I’m not sure that it’s particularly easy to feel content with what you have. It seems like it should be an active feeling that requires a bit of work, rather than a passive feeling that we’re born with. Let’s work hard this week to register all of our many blessings.

lots of love and relaxing thoughts to you all x

p.s what do you think? do mums find it harder to resist coveting than everyone else? Are you a working mum and find it a similar problem?

p.p.s praying with children part 2 coming up next…see here for part 1

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