Saturday, July 11, 2015

To Covet or not to Covet and a Giveaway

Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn about an exclusive giveaway this week.


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
                                    Exodus 20:17

 

I might add. Thou shalt not covet thy friend’s body or beauty.

 

This is one of the 10 commandments, so it’s important.

 

I adopt and promote the motto of the 4 Ss.
 
 
Strive toward a decision to follow Christ in all things.
 
Stretch toward God's excellence, not man's approval.
 
Surrender to God's will, not ours.
 
Succeed in keeping communication lines open with God for healthier living.
 
 
No inciting event is required for jealousy to rear its ugly head. Many times, our perception of that event is enough. To explain that, here’s my example from a few years ago. Nothing happened to cause the strong emotion, but my belief that it was true brought it about. For healing, I wrote about it in my journal.

     What actually happened:

     My mother-in-law complimented someone else, saying she needed help so much and was thankful to that person for supplying it.
 
     How I perceived that event:

     My mother-in-law was  berating me because I had not done enough, but this person had done a lot less, so I was jealous of her and angry at my mother-in-law.
                      --Divine Dining, May 8
 
 
You fill in the blanks with your own story.
 
God doesn’t want us to compare ourselves with each other. We’re all different. We should strive (remember that word in our motto)) toward what God desires for us.

Those feelings are real, and they hurt. With some people, we can't retreat. With others, as my mother used to say, "they know where my goat's tied," meaning they pierce us where we're vulnerable. What's our solution?


God

Give it to Him daily, hourly, or however often we require.
This is our way to find peace. Love RVing in God's world.


God says, "do not covet." Yet, we long for the acceptance or the ability to not gain weight of someone else. God can and will take those feelings away and give us peace.

With covetousness and comparison on our minds, we can't control our eating.

Seek the Lord, the Prince of Peace.


Now, about my giveaway:


For anyone who signs in to follow this blog by adding their e-mail in the area to the left of this post, I will send an ARC copy of Worth Her Weight up to six copies. (since that's how many of those copies I have left)

If you already get my posts by e-mail, leave a review of any of my books on Amazon or Goodreads before my six copies are sent, and you'll be in the running.

For information about Worth Her Weight, click on the blog page about it on the right side below all the pictures.

Hurry, remember, I only have 6 Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) to give.

2 comments:

Joy Avery Melville said...

You posted a picture of you and the camper - girl - talk about the temptation to covet. I've been begging my husband to get us a camper for me to GET AWAY TO WRITE IN - our state workshops are 3 or more hours away per workshop - I'd LOVE to go to workshop, stay over at a campground in the area for a few extra days and JUST WRITE - personal retreats three or four times a year - So - I curbed my first inclination to covet and asked God to provide IF HE SO DESIRES ME TO HAVE A CAMPER - thanks for posting this, Janet.

Joy in Michigan's Wonderland
jlmelwrites@gmail.com

Janet K Brown said...

Funny, Joy, I hope you get your wish & it doesn't get you. Ha! I occasionally have some quiet time to write especially when we're camping in the mountains, my personal favorite scenery.