Friday, October 15, 2010

The stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach

This week has made me very thankful for the parents that I have, the God who steered them in raising me and who steers me today, and my husband.

I've been watching a situation in another family unfold and I'm continually baffled that people seem to be able to float around in a dream world, leaving stress and chaos in an ugly trail behind them.  I will be the first to admit that I can get caught up 'in the moment' of things, or have selfish moments, we all can, but I try to balance everything with where I know my heart should be.  Not always easy.

I think sometimes we need to be content with the starfish on the beach, to find peace in the place God has put us.  Example: Right now hubby and I are living in a shoebox.  It's a tiny apartment, but it's close to our families, we can babysit our nephew easily, the rent is cheap and it goes to the family.  In someways it's perfect and hubby and I both feel it's where we are supposed to be now.  We don't have the money to build on our land, so we are learning to be content here.  It's a battle some days.  There's no place to put things, no room for a dishwasher ( I die) and blah, blah, blah....but, if all I do is focus on those negatives and complain I'll be depressed every time I come home.  And that dissatisfaction is just going to carry over to other aspects of my life.  I find that the more one struggles to do what one wants against the reality of the situation the more unhappy one is.   Life becomes a constant battle to prove oneself...what's the fun in that?!  So, I choose to be content.  Yup, I do believe it's a choice I can make.  That simple, just not that easy.  I have to make that choice every day.

Oh, I wish we could all relax, stop blindly focusing on ourselves and just trust God....if I believe He made the whole universe, I should be able to believe He'll get me through my day, right?

I digress.

What are you thankful for in your life?  What encourages you?


  1. You are so wise for a young thing. I'm thankful for you in my life!

  2. Smart lady! Great post. You're so right...contentment is a choice, our choice. I die with you over the lack of dishwasher though. One day we'll both get one. I'm sure of it! ;-)



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