Monday, March 19, 2012

Window Shopping

I'm not like a lot of women...I must confess...I don't like to window shop. If you're not familiar with the term - it's where you go to the mall or store of your choice to browse, with no intention of buying anything - you just like to look.
Over the years, people (namely my husband) have gotten the impression that this means I don't like new things.  Wrong! I love new things and would very much enjoy shopping, if I had the money to purchase what I want. I've always thought, "window shopping when you can't afford to buy it is not only a waste of time, but borders on torture."
So this morning I was watching a Christian television show where the Host was interviewing a lady giving her testimony of several "God encounters" that have changed her life. I was crying, as I often do when I watch these shows, and I could feel this desire deep inside that wanted what she was describing.
Immediately I imagined myself standing on the sidewalk staring into a big window of a store. I was gazing at all the beautiful items I desperately wanted but felt I couldn't have. Unknowingly I was standing back watching God do amazing things for other people with the deception that He wouldn't do the same for me.
The Lord spoke to my spirit and said "why are you window shopping for the things I will freely give you? Go into the store, you can have them." I knew that He was telling me not to fear shopping in His "Heavenly storehouse" because the price had already been paid.
So I stopped watching the show (it was taped so I paused it) and I prayed "Lord, I'm going into the store and I want it all!"

Without missing a beat, I heard this gentle voice say "you don't need it all, only those things that are a perfect fit for YOU".
I began to praise Him because not only does He want to give me good gifts, but they are made especially for ME.
  • God knows my size (how much I can handle)
  • He knows my taste (He gives me the desires of my heart because as I abide in Him, my will matches His)
  • He knows the appropriate clothes for the season I'm in
I still don't like to "window" shop, especially for "spiritual gifts". I'd rather just step in and get what I need - for FREE!
Matthew 7:11 - "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"


  1. I love this Angie! So encouraging for all of us!

  2. Wow, this is one of the coolest blog posts I have ever read! Yes, God does want us to freely roam in His store, and yes, He knows exactly what we need.

    Hey Angie, could you head over to my blog? There's a little boy who just had a birthday party, and hardly anyone came. I think he needs a trip to God's store...