Are your cravings a curse or a blessing? The answer to that question depends on what you’re craving, because what we’re craving will always depend on whatever we’re consuming…either the object of our desire or God and His Truth.
I have never been an emotional eater. I have never craved food to fill a void or anything. In fact, I often do the opposite when I am stressed or upset. I don’t eat. When I am stressed, I can just nearly survive on oxygen, just as my toddler currently does from time to time. While that might be normal for a toddler, that’s just as unhealthy as eating excessively for an adult. The body needs food for fuel.
It’s hard for me to relate to this question, at least in the food department. However, there is something else I have been “craving” lately, completely unrelated to food.
The only way to describe this is- I want a “pinterest” worthy home. Seeing all the blogs/pins of remodels, turning trash to treasures, amazing ways to organize, beautiful kitchens, gorgeous landscaping….you get the idea.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love my 3 bedroom/2 bath, huge living room house. It’s been perfect for us. We started our new life as a married couple in this house. We have both been in college while living in this house. Our child’s first 16 months have been in this house. There are alot of amazing memories in this home. And it is home. And I do love it.
But at the same time, I am ready for something bigger and better. Something with more windows, something with a beautiful yard, something with a bigger kitchen, something with more bedrooms for more children, something with enough rooms I could create an awesome playroom, something with enough rooms I could create a stellar craft room, something with an awesome porch, and the list goes on and on (and on and on….)
My house is decorated cute and clean and (mostly) organized, and it’s been good to us.
But now, at this point in my life, I crave things like a bigger kitchen. I feel like if I had an amazing kitchen then I would actually enjoy cooking more. I know that sounds weird but I’m one of those people where my environment really puts me in a certain mood. And certain kitchens just make you WANT to cook! I’m ready for that! I wasn’t ready for that 2 years ago when I was in nursing school and living off of tuna helper.
I crave windows. I don’t have enough windows! 2 years ago, I didn’t have a precious little boy that I want to photograph all the time. Now I want windows so I have natural light to capture the twinkle in his eyes as he drags every single toy in his room into the living room.
I crave a nice yard. Here in West Texas, we are in a drought. A severe drought. I want a nice lush green yard like I grew up with in Missouri where it actually rains. Here, you have to make a decision. Have a drought ridden yard and save money, or water the dang thing everyday, and watch your checkbook cringe at the water bill. My yard has beautiful rose bushes, but the grass just ain’t so green :/
I crave more room! After 5 years of marriage, we have accumulated so much! And now with a kid, we have accumulated even more! I’m currently on a “household purge.” I’ve been selling stuff on ebay/craigslist and putting stuff together for a garage sale I will most likely have at the end of the summer. But I’m craving more rooms so that I could have a craft room, a play room, and a home office for the soon to be professor. And while I do have a couple of those rooms in this current house, most rooms serve two purposes. The home office is also a guest room. The craft room isn’t very big, so half of my crafting supplies are also in the garage.
All this to say, is this craving a curse or a blessing?
I’m not sure! I crave these things, but is it okay for me to crave these things? Is it normal that as you get older that your desires for your home change? Or am I being selfish and just not being content with what I have? I’m not completely obsessed with it, but at the same time, I know we will be moving sometime in the next year, and I anxiously await starting over in a new, hopefully bigger, home. And so I think about it alot. When I’m on pinterest, I pin stuff I would like to do in my next home. When I visit other friends homes, I’m like “Oooo I am so doing that in my next house!”
And I think the reason I think about it alot is because I know sometime in the near future, we will be getting a new home. So is it a blessing that I have this time to plan and get inspired? Or is it a curse, because I think about it quite often. I am slightly addicted to pinterest….ahem.
And I SOOOO enjoy crafting. I so enjoy creating. And even more, I love finding ways to decorate without spending a ton of money.
|So cute on my mantle, right?|
|Totally precious on the piano!|
Being creative is one of my favoritest things to do. I love to make something from nothing. I love to see that my creativity is what decorates our home. It’s not my object of desire, but creative outlets are definitely something that I craaaaaaave. I find creative potential in everything I see! I need help!
Sometimes I wonder if I should have been a craft blog. You may just start seeing more posts on my creations…
So, again, I am unsure of whether this is a curse or a blessing. I know there are people with much less than what I have, which makes me feel bad and then I wonder if this craving is bad? But also, if decorating and creating and redesigning is a creative outlet for me and is one of my passions, and God has gifted me with some creative genes, then is it a blessing?
Oh man, today’s devotion has me all confused….
After this post, I’m sure yall think I may be a bit looney…
What is one of your cravings? Are you just as confused as I am? Share in the comments!
Oh… we are also moving in to our new home soon! =D I believe a craving could be both a blessing and a curse. If a person is becoming envious of other people owning a better and bigger house, then it will be unhealthy.. If we just wishfully think of having a grand house, I think there's no problem with that unless it really consumes us..
I totally love crafts too and I LOVE pinterest! =D Wait, I'm not sure I've followed you. Let me check.. D
I don't think there's any harm in wanting bigger/better. It's clear that you're so appreciative of what you have, so why not dream until you can make it a reality. In the meantime, I'm sure all that creativity of yours will keep making your house a warm and loving home 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement!!! =)
Lucy McCracken says
I know exactly what you mean. I don't think there's anything wrong in craving as long as it's inspiring you. I think when I feel like I'm wanting or craving that perfect house and it starts to take me away from loving what I have now that the danger occurs. i too love Pinterest. I could spend hours on it. It sounds like you are a very creative person and you just want to let your creativity flow out. Glad I found you through SITS and have joined your blog. Would love a vist when you get a sec http://www.findyoursparkle2.com
You are so right! And while I do love what I have, I am so longing for more space and the bigger kitchen and…ya know…the list goes on! Pinterest is crazy addicting. I love that stinkin site! Thanks for stopping by!
PS: Loving your blog!!