That’s right, I said it.  I am a recovering Pinterest addict.  And I am here to tell you about my road to recovery.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, by the way.  Mine was just ducky.

I have never fasted for Lent before.  This year I felt enormously convicted that I needed to give up Pinterest for forty days.  I knew that I was on it far too much but it wasn’t until I took Pinterest out of my life that I learned how much I had allowed it to take over my thought life.  

Used to be, I prayed through the day.  I talked to God during the (rare) quiet moments and gave my thoughts to him.  Now that I have this new-fangled smart phone I have an app at my fingertips that allows me to indulge, at any moment of the day, the part of me that wants a perfect life.  I was forever looking at beautiful interiors (my kryptonite), inspiring photos, wonderful recipes, and how-tos.  Gradually, I traded quiet moments of prayers for a quick peak at Pinterest to look at a life out of my reach.  I drifted from God and became so very discontent.  I began to hate everything in my house, all of my clothes and especially the way I look.  I became covetous of the things I do not have and forgot to appreciate the incredible blessings that I do have.  As the month wore on I also noticed that not only was I becoming more content with my little life but I was able to be more creative with original thoughts and ideas whereas before I was forever conjuring images of something I saw on Pinterest.

I took a great recourse and turned it into an idol.  So Pinterest is still on the shelf until I am sure I can check it out without becoming a raging maniac.  Until I am sure I have developed some temperance.  Isn’t that a pretty little word?



moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control.

habitual moderation in the indulgence of a natural appetite or passion, especially in the use of alcoholic liquors.

total abstinence from alcoholic liquors.
The Bible talks about contentment.
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So there you have it, good friends, contentment is linked to temperance.
How about you?  Did you fast this year?  Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.  We will chat it up.
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