I have to admit, I have fully been assimilated in the consumerism society of North America. Shopping here is a way of life, and this is what everyone does. Obviously, shopping can be something that we do every day, wherever we are from. Unless, of course, you prefer to produce everything on your own. My husband watched a video recently about a guy who made his own toaster – took him many days and quite a lot of money to make all from scratch. Anyway, what I mean is that here, in the US, consumerism culture is the way of life. Companies produce products, and persuade customers that these products are necessary to them through marketing, and this is what makes the economy going.
I have always had a few issues with this consumerism culture. Why buy more if you have enough already? OK, you can buy food and things you need, but why buy things that are not super necessary for your survival? How many trinkets can you possibly need and have? Do you really need all those things you can get?
Despite all of these questions sometimes there are moments in life when things have meaning to them. I have a fascination with cutlery that my grandmother used. I find that an old fork from the set that my grandmother used is more precious to me than the most expensive diamond of Earth. Sometimes objects around us acquire this additional meaning, and no matter how much I wish I could eliminate stuff around me, and get rid of the old, and the old-fashioned, sometimes it is hard to do when a consumer product acquires this additional goodwill, some attached value that you associate with some distant memories that are so hard to part with. This is when things for me transform from consumer products into memories, and I fall pray to consumerism, keeping stuff as memorable valuables.
Another difficult point for me is finding an outlet in shopping for my anxiety, worries, and stress. Isn’t it nice to calm your stress with buying something new? I know this is something I struggle with, and always have to keep in mind that I am on a budget, and can’t really keep buying stuff. It is easier said than done. When I am stressed, it is hard for me to find reason in the fact that objects cannot change the situation, bring joy, or fix anything. They simply indicate a deeper problem than just stress.
These past two weeks I have been having some trouble with my extended family. There are just so many issues I don’t know where to start dealing with them. I have been pretty much zoned out for these two weeks from any and all joy – it has been sucked right out of me. The problems that we are seeing coming to us are not going to be resolving over a few days – these are going to be problems that will continue haunting us till the rest of our days. There are financial, medical issues, gloom and doom of what is going to be happening next, and overall unknown future – so much for the happy days. What I am trying to concentrate on are the tasks at hand, and trying to get enough concentration to get the things on my to do list actually done. This is not about sitting and crying into my pillow now, this is not dramatic, we are just trying to be very pragmatic about it, and trying to get things done. The issues don’t concern me directly, maybe that is why I am able to keep myself composed, and not just fall apart completely.
With all that in mind, I have been struggling to keep my emotions in check. When I am in this state, I like to do something for myself – buy some things that I need for my family. Purchasing things when I am stressed is often a strange task – I know this is simply my stress doing this – and still I continue to buy things sometimes.
This time around I felt a bit different still. What can I do here to fix things? How can I buy something, and also help someone around? There are just so many people who are suffering in the world, what can I do to help? Another thing I do in times of trouble is turn to God. I find solace in God, knowing that in my religion God can provide me with that confidence that everything is going to be ok. Maybe if I help another person, God will give me some peace of mind.
I have found it absolutely rewarding to help out Christian Ministry by purchasing some new toys for my kids, and some cute mugs online today at FamilyChristian.com.
Their website is set up for your well enough to easily find anything you might need – lots of inspirational products for your devotional day!
I love the selection of journaling Bibles on the Family Christian website, and they come with a special discount!
We have Family Christian stores around we live as well, we sometimes shop there too, as they are conveniently located near busy areas where we often go to. I also like their online store – so many options available with great discounts, and when you are shopping there, you know that this company is not for profit, and will make sure that the funds you trust them with will be spent with a purpose in mind!
Right now Family Christian is also running a great sale – Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off!
- Make the most of your summer with Family Christian’s unbeatable Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on ALL Books, Movies and Music for the whole family! Shoppers can mix and match products to get the deal, which means they don’t need to shop within the same department.
- The sale is going on now through August 25, so visit your local store today or shop online at familychristian.com.
Whether you’re road tripping, vacationing with the family, lounging on the beach or staying close to home, Family Christian has you covered! Here are some items we suggest you check out this summer:
Here are some product recommendations for you for this summer:
Bible: Journaling Bibles
Description: Select journaling Bibles are now 30% off through August 25! Ignite a renewed passion for exploring God’s Word, whether you’re jotting down notes from a church sermon or recording prayer requests from small group—you’ll have all the space you need. And many of our journaling Bibles are filled with illustrations to inspire and get you started. Choose from 26 styles, and save now!
Book: For the Glory by Duncan Hamilton
Description: Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, ran and lived for the glory of God. This compelling narrative is his untold and inspiring story of athletic heroism and faith in the darkest circumstances—from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last, brave years in a Japanese work camp during World War II.
Book: Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
Description: When Evie Blackwell arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining two of the city’s unsolved crimes. As she dives into evidence and develops new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly a third cold case. She’s determined to solve them before she leaves town, and Sheriff Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to those answers. Book #1 of the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series.
Music: H A R D L O V E by NEEDTOBREATHE (available July 15)
Description: This sixth studio album from NEEDTOBREATE finds the group reflecting on the tumultuous seasons behind their recent albums, Rivers In the Wasteland and The Reckoning, and enjoying extraordinary success while experiencing personal conflict. “We were in a dark place when we made the last record, but to me this album is mostly a story of redemption,” Bear Rinehart said. H A R D L O V E delves into the world of electronic effects and instrumentation, resulting in a sublimely crafted and expansive sound that reflects the band’s unforgettable live show. Includes lead singles “Happiness” and “Money & Fame.”
DVD: Miracles from Heaven (available July 12)
Description: Upon discovering her 10-year-old daughter, Anna, has an incurable disease, Christy Beam becomes a ferocious advocate of finding a solution. After Anna has an accident, an astonishing miracle unfolds in the wake of her rescue, restoring her family’s faith. Based on a true story. Stars Jennifer Garner and Kylie Rogers with Queen Latifah.
Description: Risen tells the story of a powerful Roman military tribune and his aide seeking to solve the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the Crucifixion. Their goal: to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. Stars Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.
Kids’ Items: Summer Reading Club
Description: Encourage kids 12 years and younger to take their reading to new heights by joining our Summer Reading Club. When they read six books, we’ll give them a free book of their choice. Jump start their reading now with our Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off sale on all Kids’ Books! The Club is going on now and ends August 25, so get them reading!
Link to learn more: http://www.familychristian.com/summerreading
Kids’ Items: VeggieTales
Description: Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus and the rest of the VeggieTales gang will keep kids giggling and learning with their silly songs and life lessons on a wide selection of DVDs, books and CDs! Introduce kids today to some fun and hilarious new friends by inviting them on an adventure with the VeggieTales.
About Family Christian
- Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVDs, gifts and more.
- When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.
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