Today we have a guest! She is one of my favorite bloggers and she recently took a one year break from blogging and now she’s back with a brand new blog name (Grace Full Mama) AND she’s going to be speaking at Relevant with me – which means I will see her in 2 short weeks!! Hooray!
Joy is the wife to a missionary pilot and they, along with their five kids, live in Indonesia. Joy is a proud wife, blessed mommy, runner, homeschooler, reader, thinker, home-maker, lover of nature, and most of all, an undeserving recipient of amazing grace, and grateful daughter of God. Joy’s heart is to encourage women to revel in their job as mommy and wife, and to see it as good and needed work. She blogs at Grace Full Mama.
You might think that missionaries don’t struggle with wanting material things or perhaps that we are “above” wanting things to look nice.
I, just like the next girl, like pretty things. As a child, I dreamed of a little farmhouse with a cute picket fence beckoning you to come to the porch and sit a while.
Fast forward to life in a tropical city. My idea of a dream house never included gecko poop on the walls or pythons in the backyard. I never dreamed of the mold in the corner of every cabinet, ants marching in at every stray crumb left on the counter, or my couches that are meant to be “outside” couches but, alas, are in my living room.
And I struggled (still do at times). And, I would sigh, and dream of a walk down Target aisles. A trip to the craft store. And wish that my life looked different.
Over several months God began teaching me contentment. He brought this verse to me, the words of Paul,
“… for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11
(printable on left found here and book here)
He showed me that I can to be thankful for the gifts that I already have. Focusing on all the gifts that are right around me. Embracing the beauty that has been given to me, the beauty all around me, and using what I have to create more beauty in my home.
And you know what comes of choosing contentment? Peace. Love. Joy. And those are certainly things that help to make a home a haven!
And it frees me up to be more creative. It has forced me to think outside the box, look for different ways to create.
So, in an effort to see beauty, here are the things around my home that I have done to create beauty with what I have. No, I am no decorator, but it is a space that is beautiful for my precious family and for those who visit, and that is what is important, isn’t it?!
A while ago, a friend paid me a huge compliment. She said that I am really good at decorating with the senses…. peaceful music, good smelling candles, and soft lighting. I was thrilled, because that is exactly what I want for my home. And they are 3 three things that are simple AND cheap!
Do I still struggle with contentment? Sure I do, every time I look at my couches! But, as I choose to embrace the things that the Lord has given me, I cannot help but be grateful; and that translates into a welcoming, peaceful home for all that enter.
How about you? Do you ever struggle with being discontent? And how does choosing contentment help with making your home a haven?
**Thank you Joy so much for sharing these thoughts. I asked Joy to write on contentment because long ago she wrote a post about her couches…that challenged me to the core. I am SO glad her voice is back in blogland !
Walk with the King!
*Visit Joy at GraceFullMama.com