Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gratituesday - Contentment

A recurring theme I see on "mommy boards" (or maybe just the ones I frequent?) is a lack of contentment. It seems that many of the moms of young children that I know are constantly looking for something more. This has made me all the more grateful for the contentment I feel with my life. I dont know what the difference is. I enjoyed my career pre-kids, but I don't miss that season of my life. I enjoy a variety of hobbies now, but I'm content to fit them in with the kid stuff. I appreciate the occasional day "off" when dh takes the girls to his mom's or on an outing of somesort, but I also enjoy the time I spend with my kids. I enjoy their enthusiasm to help in the kitchen. I enjoy listening to them playing together deep in some imaginary scenario. While I don't enjoy when they fight or are defiant, it's part of the job (there are aspects of all jobs that aren't fun), and when I see one of the girls control her own temper or appologize without prompting or show compassion and empathy to her sister (or someone else) that makes the rough spots worthwhile.

There are days when I get frustrated, and days when I wonder what I'm doing wrong, but overall, I'm content with my life. I'm content to be a mother to my children, a wife to my husband, and a keeper of my home. I'm content in a small house full of love and surrounded by the great outdoors. I'm content to fix simple, healthy meals. I'm content . . . and I thank God for bringing me to a place of being content with the life He has given me.


Shalee said...

You know, one of the stories that stands out to me from the OT is how God allowed the earth to swallow up Korah and his entire family because they were vocally discontent with the will of God. I don't want to complain and certainly don't want unhappiness to swallow up the joy that God gives on an hourly basis. Excellent reminder today!

Anonymous said...

Contentment is such a blessing! I agree... I have very few friends who simply enjoy being at home. Sad. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Philippians 4:12 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

"I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret [of being content]—whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need."

Thanks for the reminder. I have found myself extremely discontent in my job lately, and this is spilling over into everything else. I need to focus on the things that really matter - the things that are of God. I pray that He uses these times of trial to increase my patience and equip me for the next part of my journey with Him.

Kim said...

Awesome. Thanks for the reminder! I am generally very content - but it's been a bad week!

Laura said...

This is such an encouraging post. Last weekend I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about how much we are ENJOYING our children. So much. And how great it felt to feel that way!