Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are

First and foremost, before I really delve into the topic of this post, I’d like to clarify that I’m well aware that most people don’t live in cozy little outdoor patios like the one featured above. πŸ˜‚πŸ’š It merely serves to materialize the ‘home’ theme of Part One of my Cultivating A Joyful Life series, as well as keeping to the constant theme of these posts, which are gardens.

In the introduction that I wrote last week, I shared a beautiful way to think of our minds and our hearts, and that is by comparing them to a garden. The gardens that are well-cultivated, loved, and overall taken care are home to many beautiful plants and accents throughout! However, much against the gardener’s will, weeds still sprout up, good plants still die, etc, so it is essential that they are continuously cared for.

They cannot be cultivated to a certain point, then left to their own devices; just like with gardens, our hearts need daily (in some cases constant) care, or else everything gets bad quite suddenly. In abandoned gardens, flowers start to wilt, stems fade and begin turning brown, leaves slowly fall off the trees … in short, beautiful things cannot live if not taken care of.

I may be speaking of gardens, but in many ways, one can put his- or herself in this situation, as well. What happens when we stop actively putting aside bad behaviors? How does our life change when good habits that we were constantly nurturing are thrown to the side? Our positivity starts to wilt, happiness fades and turns to sorrow, and the joyful way we usually feel begins to crumble away. It’s a sad image, yet absolutely accurate; I’ve seen it happen – and felt it happen! – time and time again.

One of the utmost things that has been on my mind as of late have been earthly dwellings – or, put plainly, as you’d probably prefer πŸ˜‚, our homes! 🏠 Many of us (myself included) become discontent with where we currently reside for all sorts of reasons. That’s what I’ll be attempting to tackle today – discontentment with where we live, and how we may come to be okay, happy, and just overall …

Content Where We Are

This is a fact of life that many of you probably already know: we easily (and often) become bored. Growing tired of anything in our lives that stays constant for too long is a frequent occurrence, and it is completely different for each and every person. We crave change, we desire new things, and, sometimes, we simply long for life to be a bit more interesting. I know that I personally love for things to be familiar, yet interesting; normal, yet different.

You see, I love for things to have a basic schedule and predictability, while still leaving room for creativity, for switching things around here and there when necessary. For example, I really enjoy going places, and I love that most when they’re differentΒ places. I like to get my schoolwork done on weekday mornings, but in a differentΒ order each day, depending on how much work I’m assigned. I thoroughly enjoy reading books, browsing blogs, and listening to music, and I enjoy those activities most when they are differentΒ books, blogs, and music. Do you see the growing pattern here?

I love predictable variation.

That may sound odd to you. In fact, it sounds odd to me. But I have realized while writing this post that it is an absolute truth in my life.

When it comes to where my family and I live, I strive to be happy with where we’re living. I decorate the bedroom I occupy to my utmost liking, and I learn to accept the little things that are wrong with the house itself (for there are always cons to the homes we find ourselves in). I’m usually quite fine with wherever we’re living. However, the moment I begin to feel unhappy with the location, I feel very trapped, sometimes afraid, and most certainly like I want to break free and move elsewhere – far away – to beΒ anywhere but here.

When I look to the Lord for the healing balm that will soothe my aching soul, I always find three things that comfort me. Here they are:

  1. He cares for us so much. It may look like we’re stuck somewhere, whether it’s because we haven’t found a new place to move, or there are financial struggles, etc, but all things serve a good purpose (Romans 8:28). Find joy in the waiting! It definitely seems fruitless at times, but we are always being prepared for what is to come. That leads me to my second point:
  2. The dreams and plans that the Lord has for His children are far greater than we can ever imagine.Β It says so in His Word! (1 Corinthians 2:9) We often find this hard to believe, especially when we’re hurting, but please, if you will, take a moment to look back at the beautiful life you have. Can you see His hand at work? I always can in my own life. ❀ That leads me (again!) to my third point:
  3. This is not our eternal home!Β I tend to think that bad/upsetting living situations are a permanent thing, but guys. Everything is SO temporary! Not only are there beautiful opportunities and experiences waiting for us in our future, but we are also “looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.” – 2 Peter 3:13 NLT, emphasis mine. That’s the first time I’ve read that particular translation of the verse, and it has me so excited right now for all that He has in store for us!

In conclusion, it’s hard to feel settled in the houses/apartments we live in sometimes – and that’s okay. At times, it’s important that we move, and in other situations, it is crucial that we wait. Look at your unique situation from every angle. For me personally, I know that my family and I will soon move out of the house we’ve lived in for two years, which I didn’t even know about when I started writing this post. ❀ The Lord’s blessings are everywhere!! (: xx (by the way, we don’t have a date or anything yet. This plan is tentative. ‘Soon’ will have to do for now. πŸ’š)

How about you?

Are you finding the joy in where you live? What are YOUR favorite things about your current home? πŸ πŸ’œ

Happy Wednesday, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful, blessed week!

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32 replies on “Cultivating A Joyful Life | Content Where We Are”

Great post as always, Maggie!

I feel truly blessed that I have a home like that and a family that cares and loves me!

I don’t take anything for granted! I learnt that the hard way and I only pray for heath and love!

People tend to forget that those are the most important things!

It frustrates me at times the fact that I am kind and caring, and all I get in response is envy! But I know that that’s just a test!
Just like what you mentioned with the “gardens”!

As for my fav spot in my home is -of course- my bookcase! I hope to expand it even more in the future!

Have a great day, love!

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Thank you very much, Victoria! ❀ same here; family is such a blessing(: It's so humbling to think of all the things that make our life truly great! I agree. Many people find it hard to like others' positivity, as they enviously want to be the same way themselves! Ahh I love my bookcase, too(: it's such a happy place! Thank you, I hope your day has been wonderful, too!

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Great post, Maggie! I find that with the ultra-invasive social media presence we are always left wanting more. It can be hard to be content with where we are and what have when we see images that make us question where we stand in that moment. I think just remembering to be grateful for what the Lord has provided is something that we should strive to do more often (myself included). Thanks for helping remind us and put things into perspective! xox

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When God made me, he made me a farmer. I truly believe that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with our house except that it is in town. Every time I am outside there are barking dogs, leafblowers, you name it. And our yard is small of course. I long to live somewhere quiet with lots of land where I can raise animals and grow things. But I have to be content in the knowledge that God will grant me this if it is His will.

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I hope that your home dream comes true one day. πŸ™‚ I live in the suburbs, so I’m always getting a nice taste of city life and the countryside, but I’d definitely love to live somewhere farther from the city someday!

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I love this post, you have made some extremely good points and you’ve given me some great reminders as I’m struggling a bit at the moment. To actively put aside and fight off bad/negative habits and such is important, and learning to be content and appreciative of what we have are both important, though often easier said than done. Β β™₯

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You’re such an incredible writer! Since moving, I’ve come to love where we live (: I’ve never been super fond of cities or crowds, but we really found the sweet spot of the capital! I’ll be doing another post soon about our actual apartment and going into what we love about our new home city

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Fabulous post, as always! That is so crazy that you didn’t even know that you and your family were moving while you started writing this post :O Haha!! What I enjoy about my current home is the neighborhood lake, the sunsets and evening walks are fantastic!! Yes, there are some negatives about our home and the area we are in, but I am so thankful, because a house is such a blessing. Also, we will be moving sorta soon as well, in the Lord’s timing πŸ™‚ ❀

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Thank you so much, girl! ❀ ahh yes, that was such a blessing! Oh that sounds absolutely beautiful. I can watch a bit of the sunset from my window at dusk, but the trees in our backyard block most of my view. πŸ˜‚πŸ’• I'm very thankful for our house, too, imperfections and all! Aw that's awesome(:

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Absolutely beautiful post!! I do find joy in where I live. I sometimes long for a beach but as far as my home its lovely! I love owning a home and being able to paint and change and build where I want to make it cozy. I also think about a lot how blessed I am to just have all that I do. Seriously. God is good. ❀️

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Awesome post Maggie!!!
I love the house that I live in and I dearly love my family but the thing I do struggle with is working and doing the same job everyday and at times feeling like it’s not really accomplishing or achieving anything great. I do very much like change, in fact there are days where I just want and desire for something amazing or just different to happen. Thank you so much for your as this is really of word of encouragement to me right now .

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