Real quick…this lovely sign was hand painted by a local artist, Abby. She sells her hand made art and other cool stuff in some local boutiques like Mazie’s and has an Etsy store. She recently launched a website too… Abby Chic. Check her out! I love supporting local artists and business women! She is also so real and funny…I love her Instagram stories. Find her on Instagram @mrsabbychic
Ok, the real reason I am a sharing this post that I wrote two years ago on my very first blog is because I stinkin’ still love these books and I JUST re-read Love The Home You Have!
If you are struggling with being content (in any area), loving your current home or embracing the season you are in…add this book to your cart ASAP.
It totally prepared me for where we are now. Two years later.
I first bought this book because I love the author and admire her design style + outlook on keeping a home. I also knew that we were not living in our “dream location” or “dream home” and wanted to change my attitude about that fact. We HAD worked really hard to make that home feel like our own and to utilize it’s strengths….but it never felt like our forever home.
After reading the book, I came away feeling more content with our season in that house….but also somehow came away knowing that I would need contentment in the future.
I had no idea the journey we would be taking. Downsizing everything. House, yard, everything. This book was one reason I “sacrificed” all these things joyfully.
Alright…here is what I wrote two years ago!
Written in April 2015
Loving What I Already Have…
I am learning.
It is so hard for me (and I am sure a lot of you) to be content in current circumstances…no matter what that means for you. Personally, I am always looking through my “home updates” list and adding new projects or items to the shopping list to make it prettier or more functional. Our current house is almost “done” and I sometimes find myself ready to move on to the next home that needs fixing even though I probably still have 50 little tweaks I still want to make here! Yes, I have realized that I might be a wee bit crazy! I am wired this way!
Recently, I have been going through two books that have begun to change my outlook on being content with where I am and loving the life that I have been given. This includes the sometimes daunting “adoption wait”. We seriously have been learning so much about ourselves during this waiting time. One of those lessons is to be grateful and content with what we already have. We have been immeasurably blessed with adopting Emmy three years ago and still cherish that gift every single day (yes even on the hard days)! We know that we will become parents again sometime sooner or later and have decided that we really need to just be thankful for where we are…it will really help us to stay sane!
We are not going to focus on “what we don’t have” but what we already get to enjoy. Adoption is a different ballgame in parenting. The control is taken away and we MUST rely on God to put the plans together. We can breathe deeper knowing that we have “let go” of the control.
Please go check out the two books that have been inspiring lately!
Love The Home You Have. Melissa Michaels is one of my favorite bloggers over at The Inspired Room.
Go get it if you are even slightly interested in how you can learn to love your home and to be more content where you are!
Melissa also has several other books out that are wonderful! Check them out too!
Even though this one is more about controlling speech…I have really been taking away the lessons where I look inside to why my speech and attitude are less than desirable sometimes. I am working on changing my attitude and want to DAILY live in a place of being grateful for what God has allowed me to have in this life.
Hmm…maybe this will eventually carry over into loving the body I have been given!? Maybe someday!? Miracles DO happen!
I hope you can be encouraged that finding contentment is possible. However, it does take being intentional. I think that word “intentional” is going to be a big thing for me this year!
What studies, verses, books or podcasts are helping you to be more content in your season of life? I would love to hear!!!