23Aug

Contentment Series: In the Here and Now

God has been dealing with my heart about contentment in finances, mothering, more mothering and marriage. At the same time, I want to help build up other bloggers, so this week, I am hosting some awesome women who are talking about contentment in various aspects of our lives. I pray that you’ll be blessed by these posts like I was, and that you’ll discover some new-to-you awesome bloggers in the process!

I’m excited today to introduce Trina from Guiding the House. I have been loving her blog, as nearly every post speaks straight to my life in some way.  Check it out–you won’t be disappointed!

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What Are You Waiting For? 

Sometimes I feel as though I am unfulfilled, waiting for that next thing to happen. Thoughts sneak into my mind. Ones like:

As soon as our financial life is in better shape I will be less stressed.”

“Once our house is more decluttered things will run smoother.”

“When we start our new homeschooling schedule (or curriculum) our learning time will go so much better.”

It’s a feeling of not yet having “arrived”.

As moms we are constantly planning for the future. We are trying to get our families and homes to a place where things are running smoothly.  We want what’s best for our little ones, and are continuously reassessing how best to train them up to be the godly man or woman they are called to be.

Although planning things out is a good thing, and actually repeatedly talked about in the Bible, we still need to realize that these are our plans.

I have found that I can become so focused on my next goal, that I can lose site of today. When I think to myself that I am soon going to be starting a new homeschool curriculum, all of a sudden the old one is so“yesterday” that I lose-out on what we could be learning today.

If I am going to be waiting until all of those expected things come to be, I won’t get anything done. Even though I am focusing on decluttering my house, I can’t let those rooms that I haven’t gotten to yet just go by the wayside.

Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” James 4:13-15

I love how to the point the book of James is. It hits hard, with little room for misunderstandings. Obviously, these men had made plans and were assuming they were going to come to be. But only God knows what each day will bring.

Each day we need to commit that day to the Lord. We make our plans, and then we live that day for Him. You never know, God might completely change your plans for you.

If I asked you to think of things that you are waiting for, you would probably be able to come up with at least a few things pretty quickly. That’s not a bad thing, unless it is stealing the joy from today.

Today is a gift, and you don’t want to waste it waiting for tomorrow. Rejoice in the day that God has given you!

“Thisis the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”Psalms 118:24

 
Trina is a homeschooling mommy of 4, and she blogs at Guiding the House.  She blogs about faith, family, marriage, and anything else that comes up in her life as a homemaker.
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  1. God revealed to me a few years ago that I had been living my life on hold, waiting for the next thing to happen which would make it perfect. Of course, it never is perfect! I still struggle with this from time to time, but at least I’m aware of it. Great post, Trina, and great series, Crystal!

    • I struggle with this as well, Meghan, but like you am aware of it and try to fight against it. I love that book, “Oh the Places You will Go” by Dr. Seuss, especially the part about the “waiting place.” So often we get stuck in that waiting place!

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