Oh Contentment, Where For Art Thou??

I have been doing the normal things today, cleaning, laundry, feeding kids, having my shower, and preparing home school time. My email this morning contained a little survey from an Army buddy. The question that got my attention was “Mood?”

What mood am I in? It is easy to get bogged down with the daily grind of being a homemaker and feel much discontent with being a homemaker. Am I content with diapers, meals, housework, BATHROOMS with 3 young boys!!!!! 

I sometimes thing to myself “Why did I give up the excitement and fun of my military career to raise 5 children, homeschool 3 of them, stop running every day because there isn’t always time for that…”

To my surprise, the answer to my internal inquiry was “yes.”  Sure the dirty diapers are nasty, the attitudes of my children can be unpleasant, but still I love being here and being who God made me to be. I am serving a great purpose, I was called to be a mother (albeit very reluctantly at first) and my fingerprint on the lives of my children is so much greater than anything I did before.  It has been a long hard road to get to this place of contentment, but thank God, I am here.  And I am content!!

Philippians 4:11-13  Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 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. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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4 thoughts on “Oh Contentment, Where For Art Thou??

  1. I don’t think any of us ever totally have the contentment thing 100%. As much as I try, and as many blessings as I know I have, I still have times of struggling with this. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  2. Amen! It’s not easy, but when we focus on the solution instead of the “problems” contentment does come easier. thanks for sharing that lovely reminder!Hugs,Tamarahttp://apronstringsandholythings.blogspot.com

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