As usual most of my Saturday mornings are focused. I make time to workout, take care of a few errands and stop by the grocery store for a few items. Then I head home to start the laundry, plan what we are eating for supper and finish up a few chores. Pretty typical stuff as I catch up on things I did not get to during the regular week.
I am grateful for the down time though. My routine can be pretty harried during the week, but at home things are simple. I don’t have to be entertained. I don’t need a scheduled event or a constant rotation of plans to make me happy. I am very content spending time in my safe, happy place. There may be work to do, but there is also relaxation and reflection. It is the place I enjoy time with family–like this weekend when my son-in-law and granddaughter popped in for a couple of days while our daughter was busy with school events. Or it might be enjoying dinner and a movie with my sweet man. Either way, there is nothing like family and friends to help create memories that I’ll cherish forever.
I have worked hard over the years to be intentional about making the most of what I have. The Think Less is More devotional from today, Day 12, in ‘A Thankful Heart,’ resonates with me on so many levels. I appreciate the reminder that I don’t have to have more, be more, or do more, to experience true joy and happiness. This kind of contentment comes from my relationship with God.
“But Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these will be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV
God wants me to see that He has blessed me over and over again with all the possessions I need, a great support system and the contentment of living freely, without the heavy weight of burdens.
So today as I give thanks to God, here are a few things I am grateful for:
- The unconditional love and grace He extends to me daily
- The love and support of family and friends
- My work, both professionally and personally, and the friends I am privileged to work with
- My church family and the precious prayer warriors I am surrounded by
- The freedom of living in this great nation
- And, contentment to be happy with what I have
What are you thankful for today? Share in the comments below–I look forward to hearing from you.