GOODBYE BARGAINS, HELLO BALANCE

The protection of God's love removes the influence of compulsive thinking and behavior.

It all started out pretty harmlessly. I had a newly furnished cottage, and I wanted to supplement its decorations with things bought at rock-bottom prices at thrift stores. But then, after the cottage was completely furnished, I couldn't stop shopping.

I remember having a nagging feeling that what I was doing wasn't right, but I suppressed those inklings. I was influenced by certain "enabling arguments" about frugality, recycling on behalf of the environment, and finding collectibles and treasures, all of which justified my habitual spending. These rationalizing thoughts were like bad company I was keeping. And my innocent desire to find bargains became a full-blown addiction to shopping in thrift stores.

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