Corners of Contentment



Do you ever look around your home and feel overwhelmed?

I do.

I get overwhelmed with 
items in piles to put away,
floors to vacuum, counters to wash,
toilets to scrub, appointments to make (and keep),
prayers to pray, laundry to put away,
garden beds to weed, pets to look after,
food to make, sales to watch,
friends to call, children to train,
books to read, remembering to drink enough water,
guiding my home-schooled daughter to complete her schoolwork,
making sure there is food in the pantry 
and toilet paper on the dispensers in the bathroom,
making sure that birthday/anniversary/holiday wishes are sent,
and millions of other little things.

I could get overwhelmed by the little things.

Then, I think back to the days when
I first became a stay at home mom.

We had very little.
One paycheck, 
one car, 
one new baby, 
a tiny two-bedroom apartment,
with our very first washer and dryer.

A few years go by, 
and we have another baby.
A whole new set of fascinations.
A whole new personality.
A whole new set of delights.

My riches were hugs from tiny arms,
my delight from giggles during bath time,
my treasures were dandelions in tumblers
and bottles found under the sofa.
I found bliss in the smell of my daughters' hair,
pride in sharing the same space with these petite versions of me.

I enjoyed the discoveries of each new day
with these little darlings that were entrusted to me.

Somewhere along the way, I have allowed myself to 
overlook the simple pleasures that
the making of a home provides.

I don't want to forget the privilege that I have been given.
I don't want to abuse the trust that my God has endowed me with.
I don't want to ever become so overwhelmed 
that I am dissatisfied with my life.
I want to be content.

I want to remember the good things that I have been gifted,
good gifts that are given to me by the Giver of ALL good gifts.

This is my life today, 





(Miss S is home from college!)

and I'm just as happy



(Can you predict what is about to happen?)

 with little as with much, 

(Yep. This is what happened).

with much as with little.


I've found the recipe for being happy


whether full or hungry,


hands full or hands empty.

 (This is me as a little girl--in the lace collar).

Whatever I have,


wherever I am,


I can make it through anything


in the One who makes me who I am.

(Dear Lord, 
Thank you for all you have given me.
May I always remember that if you did not think I could handle all these things, 
you would not have given them to me.
Make me grateful, make me a good steward with YOUR things--
big and little.
Amen.)


Jaime

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24 comments:

  1. A really lovely post, thank you. It's given me something to think about. xxx

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  2. You always have such thoughtful and inspiring posts. They're also great reminders for me. Thanks so much!

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  3. Beautiful post Leslie! Always good to be reminded to be thankful what was do have when it's so easy to always want more. Take pleasure in the simple things in life.

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  4. This is one of my favorite posts of yours so far...

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  5. Leslie,

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful truths. My post today has a similar theme.

    Deborah

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  6. Thank you for sharing your heart again today. This was a very timely reminder for me as I have been trying not to feel so overwhelmed with things the last couple of weeks. Thank you...I know I'll be sharing this with friends this week.

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  7. Leslie,
    I stumbled onto your blog a month or so ago. I have enjoyed reading it. Thank you for always bringing us back to where we so need to be. Blessings to you and your family. Sandy

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  8. This is beautiful (and I can soooo relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed at times)

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  9. I really needed this today. I am feeling so overwhelmed with life and all its "to-do's" I appriciate the sense of prespective your post and musings bring. You are where I want to be, where I strive so hard to be: a mother who delights in her children, a homemaker that makes home safe and warm, a wife that is her husbands biggest cheerleader, and a provider of nurishment, not just for their tummies, but also their hearts. I look at the bills, the laundry, the stress of life, and I wonder, "will it ever get easier??" Thank you for reminding me that it will....

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  10. Nice post, Leslie. Had to chuckle over the college student's room. ha! Glad mine isn't the only house that happened in! We are blessed to be moms and keep our homes. Sincerely, Susan

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  11. I like that messy room! And the ferret....yeah!

    Slowing down just for a moment to capture the blessing that just blew by...I'm with you! I needed that reminder!!!

    I'm usually moving in and out of being Martha and/or Mary...dishes or Jesus...laundry or Jesus....stress or Jesus.....rushing or Jesus??

    Thank you,
    xoxo
    ~Kolein

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  12. Beautiful and what I needed to hear. Thank you.

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  13. Amen. I am right there with you my friend. May we be thankful whatever the circumstance. To God be the glory. Great things He hath done.

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  14. As a Mom of seven, I sure can relate!

    Thanks for such an Inspiring post :)

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  15. Thank you for that. Your home looks lovely, but I'm reassured you get that overwhelmed feeling sometimes too! Good reminders from you.
    BTW, did you make that ceramic mosaic in the garden?

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  16. This is a BEAUTIFUL post! I really need to step back and appreciate what I am given more often. Thank you!

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  17. What an incrediably inspiring post! Thank you!

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  18. Perfectly said. No matter where we're at in life, we have to find happiness and be content. If we don't find it where we're at now, then we'll never find it.

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  19. Wow...I think I was meant to visit here today! This post has truly touched my heart and soul! Some one once said to me that our blessings can become our curse...we can get so bogged down in how much we have to do and clean and organize and keep up with...that we forget how lucky we are to have all that we have!

    I am so inspired by all that you have said today! THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are nothing without Him and we owe it all to Him!

    I hope this makes sense...I was so moved by your post...I hope I don't sound too mushy;)!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

    Thanks again!

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  20. What a beautifully written post.

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  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! I've been so busy running ragged this past week that I nearly missed it too.

    I totally relate to everything that you wrote, especially that wonderful blessed "mess" that comes home with the college girl. I would rather be sitting in the midst of that pile than lounging in the most pristine of settings. I am so very grateful.

    And like you, I pray that I am a steward worthy of His perfect gifts.

    Beautiful post. I just love it.

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  22. I love your kitchen cabinets, someday I will have a kitchen as pretty and hopefully as happy as yours.

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  23. Thanks for a great reminder. I often feel overwhelmed in caring for my son's dog. I never would have gotten him a pug if I knew how very much they shed (Oh, I probably would have still gotten a pug since that is what he really wanted). I feel like my life is spent cleaning my house of dog hair. Then this morning my now 21 year old son came out of the bathroom ready to head off to school but took time to bend down give his dog a hug and say "good morning pup." His dog still brings a smile to his face after all these years and that is worth all the time I spend cleaning up the dog hair.

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  24. What a perfect time in my life to have come across this post. I am struggling deeply with contentment lately. Thank you for sharing these words. Many Blessings! Paula

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