"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world , and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Moving On

After years of longing to move to a new home, God has finally answered my prayers.  We are moving across town in a few short weeks.
7210 Thorncrest Drive Se, Grand Rapids MI  This is the front of our new home. Isn't it lovely?  I am in love with this house and am very eager to start our new lives there, though I will admit that it is bittersweet to think of leaving this, our home of 13 years...our first home and the only place each of our four children have ever lived.

I believe this new home will be a lovely place to raise our children.  It is sufficiently large enough to entertain in and to house our rambunctious little ones, but not cavernous in any way.  It even has the whirlpool tub I've longed for (I love to take baths, even in our tiny standard tub here, so I'm excited!). Since I am prone to guilt, I am glad the Lord has really made this easy and smooth, repeatedly answering my prayers to make it obvious whether this house was for us.  I am comfortable moving ahead with this.

And in other great news:  pending the results of inspections, we have a buyer for our current home.  We got the offer within 6 days, an encouraging fact.  So we'll see what happens next!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Fresh Start

After a wonderful weekend away at a dear friend's house (the only place all 6 of us are welcome for the weekend!), I am ready to start a new year.  This year I am focusing on two main areas: contentment and self-control.  I plan for this blog to be a journal of my progress in both areas.  As of yet, I have not told anyone I know of this blog nor invited anyone to read it...because I plan on being pretty transparent about my thoughts and feelings, and I'm just not ready to "share" with those I know in real life...yet.  I am sure that day will come, though.

Today I did a devotional  from this book by Lydia Brownback:
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Contentment: A Godly Woman's Adornment

and right away I gleaned a nugget that really spoke to me about this journey I am on:

"Our unhappiness does not spring from what we lack.  it springs from our desire for what we lack."

I feel like all my life I've wanted more:   a bigger house, more stuff, more friends, more children, more...more...more.  My goal is to become content with where God has placed me right now, with no looking ahead to what He may have for me later.  As the author so eloquently states, "Happiness or contentment comes from where we look and what we believe, not from what we have."  Amen.