Monday, April 27, 2015

Living A Content Life

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Many times, I get the question fielded to me, "Why haven't you added on? I can't believe you guys are happy in that little house."


Now I really don't consider our home that small, but I guess 1470 sq. feet and 6 people equals a smallish house to the public view.
I could go on and on about why we haven't added on, but in the end....it really doesn't matter.

You see, we are content.
Not necessarily because that always comes easily, but because we choose it!

We have a lovely home that flows nicely...and yes, we share bedrooms, and bump elbows once in a while.
Yes...our home hugs us a little closer each year that the kids grow.
But it's cozy.
It's welcoming.
It's warm and inviting and it is a place that functions well.
It serves our family perfectly.

It is where God has us right now.
And it is perfect. We are thankful and content.

I think the key to living a content life is accepting where you are today, and being grateful for all that you have in this moment.

Making do with what you have...

Finding the joy in this moment, yet still clinging to dreams.
We would LOVE to add on....and build a shop...and grow our business.

I would love to write a book someday, have some success with my little farm stand, possibly start bringing in some money to help the household.
We dream BIG and make plans.
We keep dreaming, and praying, and working hard.
The key to contentedness is not letting the dreams rob you of the absolute joy you have today in knowing that God has placed you in the exact spot you are supposed to be in.

GIVE THANKS.

There is a plan, and without contentedness, I believe that God can't work His blessings to come if you are grumbling and unhappy.

So, for now, I LOVE my little house and all it holds dear to me.
I love my paid off Suburban with the little dent in the rear {we got it for an amazing price}!
I love that we have space outdoors to run and play, to garden and dream big farm plans.





I am thankful that I have to pare down to the simple inside and out because that feeling of less clutter is freedom at it's best.

I love that we choose wisely our next purchase and go for quality rather than quantity.
I love that I can put up fresh veggies and can and freeze them for my family.



I am glad that we can share this little home and land with others.

I am content in knowing that THIS....this place right here, right now is where I am supposed to be.


Wishing you all a lovely day!

~Julia


8 comments:

connie steele said...

Julia, this post is what every person needs... Contentment.. It took me years to figure this out, and now I have to say, I am content.. sure I have dreams,but if those dreams are meant to happen God will allow those dreams to come true when its time. Thanks for this beautiful reminder, and I think your place is lovely.. My hubby and I have a 1300sqft home and we talk about living in a smaller home. Anyway, Blessings to you today.. and I give thanks for women like you...

Kristina Swain said...

I so agree, I want to slow down even more and be content. It has been my prayer for awhile. You are blessed and so am I. Thank you for always inspiring me!!

Alicia said...

This is such a wonderful mindset-- no struggling or striving, but peace in this moment! Thank you for sharing!

Lori Leigh said...

Nicely said! Lovely photos too.
Lori from LL Farm

Amanda said...

posts like this are what attracted me to your blog in the beginning. This is what connected you and I those years ago. Big ain't always better. Less is more, yes! Good inspiration here today friend!

Being blissfully content;-)

Carol B. said...

I love what you said,
"The key to contentedness is not letting the dreams rob you of the absolute joy you have today in knowing that God has placed you in the exact spot you are supposed to be in."
That is such a good reminder!
Blessing on your day.
Carol
P.S. Your piggies are so cute.

Anonymous said...

Dear Julia,
Thank you for the lovely, TRUE words!! "Godliness with Contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6 My babies are 22, 20 and 15- we live in a smaller home and I can vouch for each point you made and may I add that small houses grow close families :) Sometimes not being able to get far from one another is a grand blessing! Have a joyous day!! Becky J abcjones@comcast.net

Ngo Family Farm said...

Love. So much. Bless you, Julia!
-Jaime

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