The Sweetest Harvest, day 11 – Love Where You Live

I once collected home decorating magazines like a crazy woman.  You know the pack of gum you see and want and decide that you need and toss it in with the milk?  That was me and Southern Living.   The hard-pressed 12 month old ones at the bottom?  Yeah, they’d never again see the light of day.  The stack grew and grew.  And then there was the big black binder to aid in my “problem.”  A way for me to organize my most favorite of all things lovely.  I’ve been freed from all of that.  

Now, it’s Pinterest.

And all the ladies said, “YES!”  

It’s like when all those little squares and rectangles fill your screen, a mall scent permeates.  And for the next hour, you’re spellbound and open-mouthed while angels are over by the fireplace humming perfect harmony

You probably do not do this, but I am inclined to search a NEW pin before ever going to use the one I’ve already pinned!  Like, I’m sure I can find an all-natural, child-safe, household spider repellant that’s even better than the one I pinned yesterday!

It’s so fun, though.

And really, what does pinterest have to do with raising a harvest?  How does it relate to training children in the way they should go?

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Maybe it’s a mirror that reflects a culture always looking for the next best thing.  Small doses of happiness.  A culture discontent.

While pinterest is marvelous, discontentment isn’t.

The secret of contentment lies in discovering who in the world you are–and mobilizing your courage to be that person, said Neil Clark Warren.  The richest and deepest contentment is a natural result of achieving authenticity–that is, knowing yourself intimately, appreciating your unique gifts and abilities, and making choices moment by moment that demonstrate honor and respect for yourself.  

When we decide to be real, to be at peace with where we are, we show our children the grace of God.

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1 Timothy 6:6-8

for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11

To be content is to be at rest.  To know God keeps us in perfect peace when our minds are stayed on Thee.  And there is so much strength found there!  I am in constant need of strength.  Discontentment will drain me of every ounce, but the living in His grace and loving where I am right now? It is energy and strength to carry out the duties of the day.  Sunshine to the 3 pair of watchful eyes.  The only way to really keep calm.  Our contentment is found in Him.  

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For the harvest’s sake, love where you live.  Show them what living in grace looks like.  Show them that little things matter.  And that contentment is a beautiful thing.

thankful for the beauty of His grace, and the beauty of “right now,

~k.

Comments

  1. Tracy Smith says:

    Most of the time I feel content with where we live….but I do struggle with being content with what we have. Not that I want more. I am not one of those people that wants whatever the Joneses has. I just want what we already have fixed! We have a large to do list. I struggle to be content with the way things are now. I pray that my children are growing up to have a servants heart, and to be content with whatever the Lord gives them. Being content in the Lord is easy until a trial comes about. Then we are tested in the fire. But, we will come out of that fire unscathed, with the Lord beside us always.

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