by adustyframe ~ May 26th, 2009

Yesterday, James and I planted the garden. We just have a small space so it didn’t take too long.
We planted lettuce, onions, green beans, and a tomato as well as basil and mint in a different area.
We also have an accidental pumpkin. I found it rotting in the leaves and sprouting so I planted it in the back yard and it’s doing just fine.

We also mowed the lawn yesterday. I was thankful that a man from church had come to check my breaks–bad! I was able to ask him to start the mower because as I mentioned it’s a beast and I can’t start it!

For dinner, we grilled turkey burgers. As I was waiting for the burgers to cook, I looked around the freshly mowed yard. I saw the birds nibbling at our feeders. I smiled at the little pansies in pots. I saw the swing for James and the little patio table with my old chairs that I adore.
I was overwhelmed with contentment and thankfulness.

We have what we need. We have things we enjoy. We have a home and even though it’s not a show place, it is ours.
I am thankful that I realized how content I am. Over these past years, I have struggled with being discontent at the things happening. I was discontent to be so broke. I wanted things done that weren’t getting done.

Being content doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like things to change or that I want to always be broke! It just means that I can thank God for the things I do have. I can live with a peaceful heart and thankfulness that my heavenly Father truly does watch over us.


6 Thoughts Shared to Content

  1. Carol

    It sounds like you had a pleasant Memorial Day
    after all. We all need to be more content, don’t we? Glad that you found that sense of contentment yesterday. God is good, all the time!

    Yes it turned out great!

  2. Pam

    Several years ago our grandchildren were about 4 and 6 years old we planted strawberry plants on a friday afternoon. That night my husband went to the grocery store and bought a couple of baskets of strawberries and “layed” them all over the plants. The next morning when the grankids came for breakfast they said “Nana we really did do a good job planting….we have berries already”.
    Eventually we told them the truth, but it was
    good for a laugh for years to some. God Bless, Pam, South Bend

    That’s so cute!

  3. Marie

    Sounds like the peace that comes from trusting, and waiting. I can’t remember where I heard this recently, but that the ungrieved presence of the Holy Spirit is to be sought and treasured more than silver or gold.

    Spurgeon, probably. It sounds like something Spurgeon would say.


  4. celina

    i needed this post….thanks liz….

    i struggle for contentment and of course i find my 8 yr old dd struggling with the same..(geez is in any wonder…)

    i need to thank HIM for the little things…and show that gratitude to my children… many lessons to learn….thanks for being one of the teachers…

    You’re welcome. I’m honored that anything I share helps others.

  5. Miss Rachel

    How wonderful! I am so glad that you are able to do a garden with James! I am sure you both had fun doing it. Your home sounds like a perfect haven – I love the way you described it. Momma just got some pansies and some other flowers for Jocelyn and I to plant around the house.

    We are going to go and put in our garden in a few minutes. I love gardening. I will also be writing an article for it on GGM. Oh and one thing I would like to share with you is maybe you should keep a gardening journal.

    This will help you to keep track of the things you have planted and it will be easier to remember where you planted everything the year before. You can also see what grew best where and what didn’t. It like journaling a whole new part of your daily life – Gardening. You will be able to record when the rainy days were and when the hottest days of the year was. You have recorded the days you first harvested your garden’s bounty and when you prepared the ground for next year’s planting.

    Taking photos of your young plants and printing them off on regular printer paper and putting them in your Gardening Journal, along with the date and what plant it is, will give you the opportunity to look over your garden as the year progresses and let you know how fast the plants are growing. Taking photos every now and then, printing them off will be one of those fun things.

    Hope you have a lovely day!

    ~Miss Rachel

    Thanks for the great idea:) I keep a very simple garden journal right now.

  6. Jenn

    I loved this post! I love those times when I stop to survery our humble little home, nature in the yard, and the sounds of happy children playing together and feel so blessed with what God has provided for us.

    You’re right! And being happy and content with what we have is a blessing that can’t be measured!

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