The Lord has been teaching me about Contentment lately. Almost 2 years ago (September 06) my family and I had a house fire. We had just purchsed an older mobile home (3.5 months earlier) and were beginning to make renovations (the night before we began to redo the master bathroom) and low and behold on a Sunday morning while we were all gone it caught fire and burned! It only burned in a small place in the living room but there was smoke and water damage throughout the house. It was declared a total loss. We salvaged those few things we could and went on our way. We spent the next 2 months in a men's ministry home (we did have our private area) while we waited on the Lord to direct us to our new place of dwelling. Did I mention that I was 6 months pregnant when this happened?? This experience only made our then family of 3 much closer. I learned to be content with what I had and not need so many material things. I have since been more willing to give things away. I do not hold on to things like I used to. I do not get upset when things go missing/taken (Mike has taken a few pots and pans, etc from our kitchen camping and I never see them again). I gave away or sold most of Zeke's baby things only to get pregnant about a month later. And wouldn't you know God has blessed me with so much more! I rarely want for much! Just last night I was fixing up our bathroom with a few things I bought at garage sales or had around the house. When I am finished I will try to upload a picture.
Anyway back to contentment, I have truly learned what it means to be content with Things what I am currently learning is how to be content in my Circumstances. I tend to look forward and think about the next Big thing going on in our lives. It can be a special trip, my birthday, the birth of our daughter, etc. While this isn't entirely bad when it consumes you and you cannot enjoy the moment or day your are in it can be a problem. I think I have done this for all of my life. This week I have made a great effort to enjoy each moment of each day. I feel more rested and relaxed! A friend recently told me that she received a package of M & M's and with it someone encouraged her to "Live Moment by Moment". I want to practice this every moment of every day. The first day I tried this was Tuesday and my husband works late on Tuesdays. Lately I get very upset when he doesn't come home right away after work. I feel neglected and that he sees other people as more important than me when he doesn't come home to me right away! This night was no different he came home about an hour later than I thought he should, he went by a friends house to say "Hello" which is what he does quite often and I really have been letting him know what I think about that. (not a great picture of a submissive wife and not a good thing for the marriage) This night when he came home I came downstairs and we talked normally. Remember I am trying to live in the moment so for some amazing reason I have no anger or bitterness towards him for not coming home right away! Miracle in my opinion! He then proceeds to ask me about my day! WE sat on the couch and talked for about 20 minutes about my day and other things, then we went to bed! I was living in the moment! Again the next night same thing, he was a little later than he said he would be getting home and I did not get MAD! Living in the moment has been great! Thank you God for this great Revelation!!!