I am a girl who likes to have fun. I know it’s a cheesy song from the 80s, but it’s true. When I wake up in the morning, if I don’t have a fun plan for the day, I get a little sad. :( But the idea that every single day is going to be filled with fun actives, adventures and plans is pretty unrealistic. I also happen to be married to a man who likes to be at home and now have a daughter who is a homebody as well… Yikes.
It’s weird but there has always been something about me that doesn’t want to be still and definitely doesn’t want to be at home. But over the past year or so this has started to shift and change. I’ve started to find contentment in living in the everyday. What I mean by that is having a routine, being at home more, living a more simple life. Because the truth is: I have an amazing life. Even if I never do all of the things I’ve wanted or thought I was supposed to do.
Now let’s get real. I didn’t wake up one morning and think to myself: I want to learn to be content and appreciate my everyday life. No way. This has been, and continues to be, a long journey for me. But God is really starting to give me peace in my everyday life and routine.
Don’t hear me wrong on this either. I’m not saying that I don’t believe I can do amazing things, don’t have ambition, or want to have a boring life. It’s really the opposite of that. I am starting to get excited about my life the way it is and learning to love my family and friends in a new way. Which is making me so much happier and more peaceful than all the crazy discontentment I was feeling.
Of course it is only by God’s grace that it is possible for me to feel this way. And I still have days where I struggle to find “something” to do and fill my time with. But I am excited to spend more time finding the beauty in and being grateful for what I already have, instead of thinking about what I don’t. Playing legos with my daughter, sitting outside on the porch having coffee, making a simple dinner for my family, taking a walk. I have such a beautiful life, and I don’t want it pass by while I’m thinking about another, future one.
So I’m choosing to live in the everyday, beautiful abundant life that God has graciously and uniquely given to me. Your story may be/probably is different. And I’m not a counselor or teacher, but this is just a piece of my journey, and I hope it is encouraging to someone out there!
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Amanda has a passion for hospitality and walking in community with others. She enjoys being silly and is learning that it’s ok to be a mess sometimes, or maybe all the time! Jesus is the rockof her life, and she has/is learning to live in freedom and has a passion to help other women findfreedom in Christ. She is a native Texan now living in Franklin, TN with her amazing husband and sweet five-year-old little girl. Amanda enjoys cooking food and trying new restaurants and also creating environments. You can connect with her on Instagram: @savorhaus