Sunday, November 17, 2013

Contentment [a guest post & giveaway!]

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I have an extra special post for you—my very first guest post!  When I mentioned the opportunity on my blog to swap buttons, Susannah was one of the very first to volunteer. 

I am a big fan of her blog Simple Moments Stick, and we have a lot in common.  We both love Jesus, our husbands, coffee… and the wonderful city of Portland! :)

Susannah’s written an awesome post below, one that definitely resonated with me… and see below for a chance to win a Starbucks giftcard from yours truly, along with a collection of other amazing things on her blog!

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Contentment.  What does that word truly mean?  How do I find it in everyday life?  Is it something that is truly attainable?  Those are questions I ask myself often.

Hi lovely Harrells on Hood readers!  I'm Susannah from Simple Moments Stick and I'm so excited to be guest posting today.  I'd love for you to come over and visit Simple Moments Stick where I blog about anything and everything - from marriage to outfits and  from Bible studies to reality TV.  I adore making friends through the blog-o-sphere!

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Recently, being content has been on my heart.

You see, Nate and I have been married for about two and a half years.  When we got married, we had discussed that at around two years we'd start trying to have a baby.  Nate would be nearly done with his two year seminary degree.  We'd be looking for a pastoring job at a church and be getting ready to move where ever that church was.  We'd be buying a house in the city we move to (or Portland if Nate found a job here)

Where are we in reality now that two years has come and gone?  Well, Nate still has a year left in his degree because he's had to take it slower than we originally thought.  Both of us are working in jobs that aren't making us feel fulfilled.  I'm definitely not pregnant yet and we're still not quite ready to start trying to get pregnant quite yet because we can't afford for me to quit my job in nine months with Nate still being in school and we REALLY want me to be able to be a stay at home mom.  We still live in a little apartment and aren't anywhere close to being able to househunt.
 
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My life is not where I thought it would be.  Sometimes it's hard to be content with the stage of life I'm in.  I want to be in a house.  I want to be ministering alongside my husband in a church where he's pastoring.  I want to be pregnant.
 
It hit me recently that all I've been feeling is what I want.  I haven't been remembering that this is what God wants for us right now.  God's the one who has changed our plans to be His plans.  I've begun to think about this season of life through His eyes.
 
I may not be working in a job I adore but I have the opportunity to share life with the women in my office.  Nate may not be pastoring yet but we have the opportunity to be taking part in a variety of ministries in the church we attend.  We may not be trying to get pregnant but that just gives me an opportunity to focus all my attention on Nate.  Soon enough we'll have kids and our focus won't be able to solely be on one another.
 
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I'd love to encourage each and every one of you in whatever season you're in.  There's a reason for it!  Allow yourself to see the good in life.  What benefits do you have that you wouldn't have if your life were exactly what you're hoping for?

God knows what he's doing in your life.  He loves you and wants to guide your life for His glory!

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5 comments:

  1. Aww fun! Love her blog. What a great post and great reminder. We are called to be content in ALL things!

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  2. Two of my favorite bloggy ladies! I am thankful that I met both of you :) Great reminders from Susannah!!

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  3. Thanks so much for posting this, dear!!! :-)

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  4. what great words of wisdom! and i can totally relate....wanting to skip a year ahead and finally be in a place where things are as youuu want them to be. but you're so right, we are where God wants us :)

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  5. I know her! :) And I love what she writes about finding contentment. This is great!

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