Shopping Lust

shopping
“Shopping, done to excess, can spin out of control and lead to serious problems, eroding rather than enhancing your quality of life. The more you use shopping as an attempt to fill an inner void, manage your feelings, repair your mood, or pursue a ‘perfect’ image, the more likely it is that you need to take a closer look at what this behavior is costing you.”

Compulsive buying disorder is like any addiction, the shopping addict exhibits these behaviors: loss of control,

increased tolerance, negative consequences, withdrawal symptoms such as preoccupation, denial, lying to spouse and or self, etc.

Online Shopping Addiction

*Identify what the triggers are
*Identify what makes a person want to spend online, whether it’s boredom,
nervousness, or habit
*Setting time and spending limits
*Clear your credit card numbers and customer information from online
shopping accounts so that spending isn’t too 
easy

Frequency/ Intensity of Shopping

*Do you often go on buying binges?
*Do you find yourself spending more time and/or money buying on the Internet,
in catalogues, or on the shopping 
channels than you want to?
*Does money burn a hole in your pocket?

Reasons Why and When

*Do you go shopping because you want to make yourself feel better?
*Do you often buy things because you think they will make  you more like your
ideal image?
*Do you sometimes feel that something inside of you pushes you to shop?
*Do you shop to avoid doing something else in your life?

Ways to Help

*Find comfort and security in Christ.
*Get an accountability partner.
*Find a church family and a group of Godly people to spend time with.
*Pray
*Read and meditate on: 1 John 2:15-17

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

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