CONTENTMENT

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New hydrangea bush, planted yesterday – still blooming and so am I.

“Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man’s idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.”  Charles Spurgeon
My eyes survey our little house.  It’s charming simplicity is precisely what we need at this time of life.  In a few months we’ll become 75 and with that comes a stage where life slows down, things are unimportant, and everything that is important takes on new meaning.

With each new touch we add to this place, it becomes more and more ours.  The smallest things, like adding a towel ring, place mats, a bush to dress up the front of the house – all creating a space that defines who we are.

So far, my very outgoing husband, has introduced himself to the entire block.  Yesterday he met a couple of brothers who have inhabited the neighborhood since they were young lads.  One of them told my husband that he remembers old Judge Campbell living in our house many years ago.  Apparently he was a crusty old guy who told them ,”If you set one foot on my property, I’ll cut off your thumbs and put ’em in my soup.”  Funny the things you find out when you talk to folks.

We’ve been big city dwellers for quite a while and now reside in a small town.  My work load is coming to an end and I’m beginning to unwind from the stress and hard work of moving.  This morning we took my car into the mechanic, went to register and early vote and took a stroll along the river.  It wasn’t even 9 AM when we arrived home.

As I sit here writing my blog, I’m actually beginning to relax.  It’s remarkable how much stress we needlessly place on ourselves.  We concentrate often on making ends meet, without enjoying the ends.  We stretch ourselves to the limit and don’t even realize how totally disconnected we’ve become.  Priorities change and the people in your life become more significant.

Today I can see contentment just around the corner – not by anything I’m doing, but by the grace of God who is blessing my life in countless ways.  Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I can’t wait for the journey to unfold.

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.of my life.”

2nd Corinthians 12:10

 

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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11 Responses to CONTENTMENT

  1. Happy that you are finding happy in the new 🙂

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  2. Contentment is key at the end of the day 🙂

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  3. Vicki says:

    your new home sounds very peaceful. that is funny about the old judge who lived in your house. I’m sure the neighbours will see the grace and peace within you.

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  4. Heather says:

    Thank you for your thoughts and perspective. Do you find contentment is something you are continuously pursuing? Do you have to “recenter” on a regular basis? I’m just curious what your thoughts would be on that. I’m beginning to think it always needs maintenance.

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