Comfort Hoarders

Comfort Hoarders #31days of GreaterImage Source

I hoard comfort.

I like to feel put together. It makes me feel more confident.

I like to feel like we have enough money in the bank. It makes me feel safer.

I like to feel like my free time is mine to do what I want with it. It makes me feel more in control.

A lot of life begins where my comfort zone ends. Yet I still tend to cling to my adult security blankets, and when they are wrenched from my grasp, my emotions don’t like it. They might even throw a fit.

We live some of the most comfortable lives of all time: food and every item fathomable down the street at the local big box store, time to watch our favorite shows, clothes filling our closets…does anyone else feel like more and more of each of those things is never enough?

What if less comfort results in more? What if, by choosing to step outside of our comfort zones, giving up some of our prized comfortableness, we’ll find the path to contentment or even something greater?

What if we chose to give up one of our security blankets? Just as an experiment? For a period of time?

Hypothetically, what would yours be?

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  • Rhonda Kay Ausk October 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    So true! I gained so much when i gave up the comforts of home to move to a foreign country — but look at all I gained. I gave up the control of “my stuff” to allow a family with 4 small kids to live in our home — but look at all I gained and learned from the experience. I have learned more in the past 3 years of being pushed outside my comfort zone than I have in the past 50+ years! Preach it, girl!

    • Caitlin Author October 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      I’ve loved seeing your response to living in a different country. It taught me a lot. I must admit I’m glad you’re back though :) Love you!

  • Carrie October 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Caitlin –

    I have meant to email you for a couple weeks. I came across your blog (via Putting Me Together blog) as I was a quest to style myself using my own wardrobe. As I began to peruse your blog I was so intrigued because you were hitting all the buttons that I have been thinking about and been challenged by recently. (7, Radical, your posts about excess, today’s post in a major theme of my life, etc…)Then I noticed that you work at a non-profit and when I clicked on it, I discovered it’s in Prosper. Wow! Really close to me…I live in Denton. And this is one of the reasons I wanted to email you. My husband and I have a young woman who lives with us and works for Serve Denton, a non-profit. This non-profit works with coordinating lots of non-profits in Denton County. I think Prosper is kinda in Denton and Collin counties…or that’s what I found on the internet and if it’s on the internet it’s true, right?! :) lol Anyway, I wondered about getting you two connected to aid in the helping those in need. Hope to hear from you!


    • Caitlin Author October 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Carrie- wow! What a small world. I would love to connect with her. Lol yes. It really is true in this case, though, and CNCT assists families in both counties as well as Grayson. I’ll send you an e-mail this week. Can’t wait to hear more- thanks so much for reaching out!

  • TaylorMay October 22, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Seems my life is reaching, reaching for any type of security blanket atm.. so not sure on that front. But. As for reaching to bridge that gap.. making steps to cross that space between the circles. Can’t be so hard as it initially seems. I think. So in that same mindset of letting go to my idea of comfort zone.. My husband and I are planning to attend a community group. New people. New place. Talking. Hoping no judging and just openness and as much love as strangers can express upon first meeting. .
    Also, Rhonda’s comment and this post are both inspiring! I appreciate your sharing!

    • Caitlin Author October 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      So proud of you for taking those steps! They are hard in a new place. How did the first time at the community group go? I pray really well!

  • Amy G October 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Now that I think about it, going out of my comfort zone has really resulted in some good things for me in the recent past. About two years ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and said yes when the Women’s Ministry Director asked me to be a part of their board of coordinators. I feel like I haven’t done the greatest job, but even without feeling like I’m good at what I’m doing, I’m still growing and learning and connecting with new people. I also said yes to going on a retreat that I was nervous about because I would have to room with people that I didn’t know that well (or at all) who are 20-40 years older than me. I am so glad I did that! It was a great experience in multiple ways.
    I’m not sure what I would give up. For me, a lot of discarding comfort has to do with doing things rather than giving up things. Like being the one to call or email or say hi first instead of waiting for the other person. Being the one to say something first is uncomfortable for me, but it would really help to grow some relationships.

    • Caitlin Author October 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

      Amy- I think you hit the nail on the head- we may not feel like we’re great at what we’re doing, but stepping outside of our comfort zone leads to growth and learning and connection- all good things! I think that you’re absolutely right; taking initiative in relationships is another way of sacrificing comfort. It’s something I’ve been working on lately, too. I’m always glad I did it, but it always seems scary beforehand.

  • Felicia October 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    You hit the nail on the head. No matter how much I try to be content, there is always the newer version or a new trend comes out that I want to try, and there it goes! I “want.” I’m so used to it I don’t even realize when it happens. I go through the motions of searching, finding, buying and having. Done and repeat! My security blanket is spending money because I can. I grew up never able to buy things I wanted because we didn’t have any extra money. Now that my husband has a stable job, I feel like I can “splurge” when I want to. What if I didn’t? What if I gave my cravings and obsessions over to God instead of keeping them tucked away deep in my heart? That is the goal of my spending fast. I want to change my heart and attitude towards obtaining to obtain!

    • Caitlin Author October 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      I got so excited reading your thoughts, Felicia! I love your heart in this. If we never explore the ‘what if’s’ they will never even be open to change. So proud of you!

  • Emily L. December 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Catching up on your blog today! I’ve missed you!

    Anyway, this one really challenged me…. I am also a comfort hoarder… I want things my way… I am a type A, perfectionist… yikes! If things are not comfortable for me or how I want them to be, I freak out… sometimes internally… and sadly sometimes externally… it comes out as getting annoyed or impatient with others or situations… and a lot of times at myself!

    Also I’m most comfortable when people like me… I let what others thing of me dictate my actions, instead of what God thinks…. lame.

    Also my things are a comfort to me…. “More of what we already have, will not satisfy” -Matt Chandler … Trying to dispel that lie…. that the next thing I attain will make me happy, and keep me happy… when it always wears off no matter how big the purchase was, or how much I improved something… why do I keep believing it, when it has proved false so many times? For awhile it was changing my wardrobe that I was obsessed with… then it was remixing what I had… now clothes have gone to the way side and it’s my real food way of eating and preparing meals that has me spending hours on the computer researching…. I am an all or nothing type of person…. I’m either obsessed or indifferent…. I need a healthy balance…. Asking Christ to give me a healthy balance in my life when it comes to everything except Him… for only He truly satisfies… man I wish I could take that to heart knowledge and not just head knowledge.

    Blessings to you!

    • Caitlin Author December 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I’ve missed you, too, Emily! I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for sharing so much of your heart. From one perfectionist to another- remember that you are already that new creation in Him and that He is faithful to continue to make you live, think, and become more like Him. Praying He helps your heart live it, sweet friend!

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