If you ain’t dreaming, you ain’t living! Or so I’ve been told. And I think it’s true. But sometimes my dreams can make me feel a little discontent. I want to learn to be content, even when life is hard.
I want to be content with the many blessings I have… right here, right now! And usually, I am.
But, it starts out innocently enough… just some fun hopes and dreams of how I want to live someday. I start reading and searching for blogs that feature people living out my dreams. I get excited and enjoy hours of thinking of how things will be someday… staring off while doing the dishes or folding clothes… oh joy!
But… then reality sets in and I start being realistic… these things take time, money, and hard work. It takes a lifestyle we can’t really have with our young kids with medical needs.
You see my dreams are to live on a few acres, have enough chickens to provide ourselves with eggs and meat, raise a beef cow, grow a [successful] garden, drink from a well!! Nothing too fancy… but pretty far-fetched from where we are now.
The thing is, I don’t really want something unless it is what God wants for me. Why worry and fret or wish and strive for something that isn’t what God wants for your life? I know I am where He wants me and that really does help me feel better.
It’s a matter of mindset and I am perfectly happy focusing on making the most of our space, income, and food… right where we are… most of the time.
I find great joy in the day-to-day operations of teaching my kids, cooking, and cleaning… usually.
There are so many things I love about where we live right now, compared to the negatives! There are so many reasons why we need to be here right now, too. Sometimes I have to slow down on dreaming and get back to living real life!
So my thought is: go ahead and dream, but don’t let your dreams keep you from enjoying where you are right here, right now… or from being thankful!
(Do your best and pray it’s blessed!)