Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.
I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.
Philippians 4:11-12 (World English Bible)
It is easy to lean in to an attitude and life of discontent if we are not careful.
I want a perfectly ordered and clutter-free home, with all the dishes washed, dried, and put away, and no pile of laundry lurking by the washing machine. I want to wood floors to shine with no globs of dog and cat hair hidden under the dining chairs.
However, the reality is that more dust always settles.
I can become frustrated, resentful, and exhausted by my to-do list, my expectations, and my responsibilities.
A home needs to be nurtured on a daily basis. There is always more laundry to fold and put away, more dishes to wash, more meals to prepare, and more dirt to sweep up.
Just as I can know my homekeeping routines will be the same today and tomorrow as they were yesterday, I know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and throughout eternity.
My home will always be a work in progress, much like I am. I believe, without a doubt, that my calling is to be a homemaker and create a place of peace, order, and joy for my family. To fulfill my purpose, I must keep pursuing my goals and dreams.
I won’t find contentment by spritzing and spraying windows, floors, and walls until every surface glistens and sparkles. I won’t create happiness with matching throw pillows and finding the elusive “perfect” coffee table.
Regardless of my current circumstances and my perpetual to-do list, I have found abounding hope.
Are you living a life of discontent in any area and trying to create your own contentment?
I’ve found the answer and would love to tell you the secret.
Real contentment comes from Christ.
Thank you for joining me for 31 days of Making My Home a Haven. I have endless projects and ideas that I have gathered this past month and I look forward to sharing them with you.
As it is the last day of the 31-day writing challenge, I wanted to use today as the “big reveal” for my home office. I determined that it would be my main focus for the month, but some external factors (i.e. checking account hackers, work, personal excuses, and daily life)
outside of my control delayed completion. That just gives me more time to share with you some little tips and tidbits as November begins.
As a measure of my gratitude, I would like to offer this free printable for download.
Grace and blessings,