Monday, March 4, 2013

Being Content in our Homes

I love looking at beautiful homes.  Always have.  Probably always will.  I have many gorgeous rooms pinned on my pinterest account.  I love to read decorating blogs.  I love perusing a good house magazine or book.  I love watching HGTV.

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Even though I just enjoy looking at the beautiful images, sometimes getting a glimpse into seemingly perfect homes makes me discontent with the home I've made.   There are areas of my home that I love and areas that I loathe.  There is always something on the list that I would love to change.  And I often dream of designing and building the perfect house.  Or moving into a lovely cottage.  Or finding a large, older home with plenty of room to spread out.  Or having a large, spacious kitchen.  Or of having a gorgeous mudroom.
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When I get in these funks, I try to remind myself that I have a perfectly functional home.  I'm slowly working at making it more functional and beautiful.  God has greatly blessed our family with a very comfortable home.  I need to be content with what God has given me.  I need to be thankful for the house and furnishings that I have.

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Being content doesn't mean never changing anything in our homes.  I think God has designed many of us, women especially, to love beauty and to want to surround ourselves with it.  Contentment does mean being satisfied with the home that we've been given.  Being content means I can enjoy seeing others' beautiful homes and see the beauty in them without envying them.   I think contentedness goes hand in hand with thankfulness.  Remember, today, to be thankful for the roof over your head.


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