How to Find Joy and Contentment as a Homemaker
It was an ordinary evening. I was unloading the dishwasher while dinner was heating up on the stove. My toddler was “helping” me, while the older kids were reading books to their younger siblings at the table. As I worked, I enjoyed chatting on the phone with my husband during his drive home from work.
I stopped to take it all in, and I realized I was having the time of my life!
It wasn't a special holiday. Everything that was going on was very ordinary, but I was enjoying myself immensely!
I could have this much joy every day if I would only choose to.
I don't need to wait for something special to happen to enjoy life. I don't have to have the perfect house or the perfect family to find joy and contentment. I can choose to enjoy every moment.
When I'm cooking an “ordinary” supper, I can stop and thank the Lord that I have food to prepare for my family and a stove on which to prepare it.
When I'm doing an “ordinary” dishwasher unloading, I can be thankful I have the luxury of owning a dishwasher.
When I'm changing an “ordinary” diaper I can be thankful for these little ones God has entrusted to me.
If I stop and think about the blessings God has given me, the ordinary things seem so much more special.
Just since that evening a few days ago, I have tried to stop and think throughout the day about God's blessings and to make a conscious choice to enjoy what He has given me – not just on the special days.
What will you enjoy today, my friend? The enchanting smell of a candle? The sound of beautiful music on the radio? The way the sunlight looks as it sends its rays through a window? The love of your family on this ordinary day?
Stop. Look. Listen. Enjoy.
Everything we have is a gift from God. He loves us, and has given us “richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).
So let's enjoy what He's given.
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