We had a relaxing weekend around our house. I spent most of Saturday getting our house tidied up. The Christmas decorations have made their way back up into the attic to hibernate for the next 11 months. I pulled out my label maker and labeled each of the boxes before they were put away. I’ve been a good girl lately and have not purchased any Christmas decorations this season with the exception of a perfect nativity scene. It’s designed to be played with, and the kids have had hours of fun with it. As long as I don’t stop at Cracker Barrel’s big sale that’s going on right now, we won’t have to convert any additional attic space for storage. See, I’m learning to be content with what I have! 🙂
I’ve been thinking about contentment a lot lately in regards to material things and the everyday ins and outs of being a keeper at home. Gina and Mrs. B have written some excellent posts about the very important roles of wives and mothers. Just yesterday I had a conversation with a young mother about her desire to be able to stay at home and take care of her five small children. She is facing the possiblity of having to get a job due to difficult circumstances. After praying with her and encouraging her to keep trusting the Lord to provide for her family’s needs, I spent some time reflecting on how blessed I am to be able to spend my days caring for my family.
To be honest, there are moments when I am not as thankful as I should be about the opportunity God has given me to serve my family. There are times when I am not content; however, God has me right where He wants me!
Caring for my family and showering them with love is the highest calling I could ever possibly have. I don’t need to be busy elsewhere; any fulfillment that I need can be found in nurturing my family. God’s grace is sufficient. Through His grace, I can be content.
Today as I homeschool my children, wash four loads of laundry, prepare meals, kiss a tear-stained cheek, correct a disobedient child, iron my husband’s shirts, clean the bathroom…(does the list ever end?)…I do not labor in vain. I can count on God’s grace to see me through.
Count your many blessings, and have a wonderful week! 🙂
Amen to that Mrs. C.
What a GREAT post. Thank you for this.
And by the way, I NEVER put my Nativity scene away. It is on my china cabinet in the dining room with lights on a timer.
Christmas in my hear all year long!!! I have done that for years and I love it.
Of course, yours might end up lovingly scattered to and fro. How great would that be????
Mrs. Darling says
Good thoughts. We dont get rewarded with a paycheck but our pay is much greater!
Wonderful thoughts! And thank you for the reminder to be thankful that I’m able to be home to care for my husband.–I don’t always have the right attitude about it and that is just plain wrong.
Mrs. C says
The kids begged for me to leave the nativity scene out all the time. I’m keeping it in a box in the closet so that they can play with it at specific times. Otherwise, the pieces would end up at the bottom of a toybox.:)
You are so right–we’ll be reaping the rewards for the rest of our lives!
I know exactly what you mean! Every once it a while it helps to get things in perspective. 🙂
Susan P. says
No, Mrs. C, the list never ends, BUT neither do your BLESSINGS;O)
“I do not labor in vain”
Amen Mrs C we do not labour in vain (lol my automatic english spelling of ‘labour’)
Hi! My name is Christina and I am a laborer in vain!!! LOL
Thanks for the great post!!!
Yes…this is this the highest calling we could ever have. I too, forget in the midst of everyday living, to be thankful for the privilege it is to be home and caring for my family. Thank you for the timely reminder. Blessings!
Contentment is something we have to be reminded of along the way. It is too easy to get caught up in things we would like to have. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂
A post I really needed. Contentment- ahh it really is a peaceful place to dwell in!
My list never seems to end either and I only have one child left at home! My hat goes off to you busy mommies! You all are so precious to me.
Cracker Barrel’s sales! I caught a great one before Christmas. I actually did a big chunk of my Christmas shopping there this year!
Hehe, go check this out
Click on the homeschool family.
I read a great defenition of contentment. It is so good, I am thinking of making it really pretty and hanging it up. It is:
“Contentment-enjoying what we’ve been given when it’s given”
I enjoyed your entry today. 🙂