Monday, September 19, 2011

Blessings of a Smaller Home

So, I guess I haven't updated that we have officially taken our home off of the market.  We put it up for sale last February, hoping to sell before Stella's arrival, but after six months with no offers and a dwindling market, we decided to wait.  As Liam says, "It's hard to be patient!"  I was torn (and still am, for that matter) about staying put where we are for right now.  I am thankful that we don't have to deal with house showings, open houses, having to keep the house spit-spot all of the time, and having to gather up three kiddos within a moment's notice if a realtor happens to call for a last-minute showing.  It was a lot to deal with around the time that Stella was born, so when we took the house off of the market, I was able to breathe a deep sigh of relief. 

On the other hand, we really would like to have more space.  Even typing that makes me grateful for what space we have.  We are more cramped than we'd like to be, but really, we are doing just fine.  I think for me it's just a struggle with contentment and gratefulness with what we have.  I like to think about what I would like to have compared to what we do have.  I like to compare our house to what others have, which only heightens my discontentment.  Some days I am thankful that I don't have more space to keep up because--just being honest--it's all I can do to keep some sense of sanity in the space that we have.  I know that more house means more work, so in this busy season of having three little ones, I am trying to remind myself that less is best for now.

A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post on this very subject on Passionate Homemaking.  The title of the article is "The Blessings of a Small Home."  It was just the reminder I needed to hear to be thankful for where we are and some great reasons why.  I trust that in His perfect timing, the Lord may bless us with a larger home.  But, I think God keeps reminding me that a new house is not where I will find happiness.  I don't need a new house; I don't deserve a new house.  I am blessed beyond measure with what I have right now.  And if it was better for us to be somewhere else, that is where we would be.  I trust in my Sovereign, my Good, my All-Knowing and All-Powerful God!  I just have to keep reminding my sinful, selfish heart that He knows better than I do!

1 comment:

The Ogles said...

Thanks for posting! I was encouraged by yours and ph article!
We have a house in cookeville that has been on the market for 2 yrs. In that time we have lived with David's parents and are now in an apartment in Athens! This makes me think of a quote I read from Calvin today, "God let them toil all light up the credit of the miracle. For if they had caught anything (when disciples were fishing) the power of Christ would not have been so clearly manifested in what followed." also it reminds me of the verse:2 And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years.
5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the LORD your God disciplines you.
6 So you shall keep the commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him.
7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land...

Thanks for posting!!!!