"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
You know, coveting (to long for; desire; hanker after; crave) has a tight connection with envy. It is so easy to want, to covet, to envy what others have, that we are left feeling discontent and unsatisfied. We compare what we have to what other's have. If we only had just a little more, we could be happy...be content. We are willing to sacrifice many things for things: our time, our children, our homes, etc. Most of our money problems come from coveting.
"For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." 1 Timothy 5:7-8
Start to pay attention to your thought life. If you find yourself saying, "If only I had a bigger yard, then my kids could run around and play..." Try thinking something like this, "I am so thankful that I have a nice small yard that doesn't take my husband long to mow and care for - that really gives him a break and more time to spend with our family."
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Colossians 3:2
You get the idea! Please know that I am not saying there is anything wrong with having things - I think you all know that. The problem is when we can't afford them and we lust after them and eventually put ourselves in a bad position (debt, strife between a marriage, etc.) in order to have them.
"A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." Proverbs 14:30
Is there something that you have been coveting? Has there been strife in your marriage over money? Have you put a career before your children in order to have more things? Go to the Lord and ask Him where your heart is, ask Him to help you, and trust in His sovereign hand.