Category Archives: Learning to be Content

Being Content When You Feel Like Life is on Hold…

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
~Romans 12:15

Sunset over flooded fieldI once heard it said that how you respond to other’s blessings in life is really important. Instead of sulking and wishing we had what they have; we should be congratulating them and being genuinely happy for them.

But let’s be honest: That’s not an easy job.

It’s not easy constantly being the third wheel tagging along on your friend’s dates.

It’s not easy watching all of your friends get married while you remain single.

It’s not easy seeing friends and family welcome a new baby while you’ve been trying for years to have one of your own.

But yet we’re still commanded to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15).

I’ve noticed a lot of good happening in others lives recently and as much as I want to be really really happy for them, it’s hard. I see the things that they are gaining that I wish I had. I know that in time some of that will come (or may come) but I’ve just got to wait.

So, the question is how can I be happy for others and content where God has placed me when I want what others have (whether that be a deep friendship, a romantic relationship, a better job, a newer car, etc.)?

The answer comes from only one place: God. We learn how to be content and happy for others when we read the Bible and spend time in His Presence.

We learn from Paul that contentment is possible. He says in Philippians, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11).

When we continually spend time in His word we are reminded that contentment doesn’t come from our circumstances. Contentment comes from God. It comes from knowing and loving and serving a loving and caring God.

He hears each and every prayer that we pray and His Spirit helps us pray when we don’t have the words (Romans 8:26). He sees our tears (Revelation 7:17). He hears our cries and sees our affliction (Exodus 3:7-8a). He will NEVER leave us and He has our best intentions in mind (Deuteronomy 31:6, Is. 55:8-9, Romans 8:28).

So in the meantime while you are waiting for “that thing” to finally happen to you be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). Hang on tight to God and trust in His timing. I know that that’s something you hear so many times you’re probably sick of it. However, His thoughts are far above ours and He has good plans for you (Is. 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:8-9).

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Trailblazing through Vacation Bible School…

“…but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
~Matthew 19:14

Trailblazing Vacation Bible School setLife is crazy right now. Our church is right in the middle of our Vacation Bible School and this is the first time I have had the privilege of teaching a class. I have helped in years past but this year I was given the opportunity to plan and help teach all the lovely little babies at our church.

Although I am not yet a parent, I am beginning to see some things in a different light and look back at how things were when I was a participant. And l have learned a lot! Vacation Bible School is as hard as it is rewarding. Coordinators and teachers put hours and hours of work in and children aren’t predictable. What worked one night may not work the next three–things are constantly changing.

As much work and stress that Vacation Bible School can bring I know that it is absolutely worth it. I may not remember every single aspect of every single Vacation Bible School I have been to; but I do have some memories of various Vacation Bible School’s that I have been to throughout the years–memories that have made an impact on who I am today.

I know that it’s hard and the nights are long–kids schedules are off and they’re tired and you’re past tired–you’re just plain exhausted. But let me tell you: IT IS WORTH IT. Keep going. You are making an impact no matter how small. Something that is said or done today may be the very reason those kids are sitting in a pew on Sunday morning. We just don’t know. And we may never know. But that’s not the point.

The point of all of this; the heart behind Vacation Bible School is to teach children about the love of God. We don’t do it so that we as teachers have our names listed in the “thank you for your really hard work” letter. We do it because we love God and want to serve Him by serving His children. As parents we don’t rush through dinner, invite little friends, plan crazy hair and mismatched outfits so our kids can get a “perfect attendance” award at the end of week. We do it because we love God and we love our kids.

And most importantly, whatever we do whether that be teach a Vacation Bible School class, help with food, bring children, invite friends, or just show up for support, we do this for God. To bring glory and honor to Him.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Welcome to your Friday! I hope that you’ve had a great week so far. Here are some the blessings from this past week.

1) Electricity

Red Water PumpAs you may know from yesterday’s post we lost our power for the second time in one week on Tuesday. You can read about what I learned from that experience here. I am very thankful that the lights came back on and that we have electricity in general. I’m thankful that tasks that used to take an entire day now only take a few hours from start to finish because of the electric appliances that have been invented.

2) Much Needed Reminders

Earlier this week I was tempted to start in on a self-pity party for the simple reason that God has called me on a different (slightly harder for me path) than that of some friends. Things that are very hard and scary for me seem to come a little easier to them and right now their life just seems easy. They go. they do. They’re done. While I on the other hand have to keep reminding myself that with what God has called me to do success doesn’t always happen just like that. Success is fought for. And it’s worth it. I was reminded just this morning in my devotional to stay where God has placed me and too keep pressing on. After all Their lives are very challenging too; just in different ways.

3) Putting Things to Practice

I’m very thankful that I am able to not only remember some of the different things that I have shared here but that I am also able to put them into practice. We have a very busy week  coming up and as I was thinking about it I remembered two very important things: 1) I need to take care of myself. I need to remember to eat healthy and drink enough water and pay close attention to how I’m spending my free time (am I wasting it on things that will make me feel cruddy or am I using/ doing something that will encourage me and build me up mentally and spiritually?) I also need to remember that I am just one person and I can’t ever do it all. So I need to remember to be Mary and not Martha. Taking time for what is really important and skipping those things that aren’t.

What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Being Prepared…

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
~Matthew 25:13

Power Outage SuppliesEver since I was little Mom has always tried to keep the house picked up. She never expects it to be show-ready or company clean; just straightened so that we don’t have to rush around 30 minutes before someone stops by.

In all honesty though…I usually don’t abide by the rule. If Dad is bringing a friend home from work or someone from church calls and says they’re coming over I’m usually scrambling to pick all of my stuff up and complete the rest of my chores.

But I learned something very important when our power went out again on Tuesday. The second time in one week! The problem this time was that I was putting off a couple of important chores until “later”; (“later” usually means that I put off chores I really don’t want to do until as late as possible hoping by the time “I get around to it” it’s too late and I won’t have to do it.).

One of the important chores that I needed to do I actually wanted to do I was just waiting until I got some more stuff done. Little did I know that the power would go out at 3:30 and not come back on until 10:15 (when it would really be too late to do it). So, what did I do about that chore? We decided to go old school and put to use our knowledge of the “Little house” books and Amish novels along with a little modern ingenuity.

So we got done what really needed done as best as possible and we were then able to go get dinner at Wendy’s and just have a nice bit of family time. The best part of Wendy’s was that their large frostys were 50¢! We then walked around a nearby store to pick up a few power outage necessitates and headed home to a dark quiet house. Just as my book was getting good the power came back on…

I tell you all that story to remind you (and me) to just do. I don’t know how many days I just don’t like something so I just avoid it and don’t do it. In reality that doesn’t accomplish anything it just makes more work for the next day and a guilty feeling for today.

So, don’t put off something you know you should do today. Remember, you never know what the day holds.

“…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring…”
~James 4:14

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Happy Friday Ya’ll, I hope that you had a great Independence Day weekend! Here’s a few blessings from this past week.

1) Our Independence 

Fireworks #2I am so thankful that we as a Nation have the freedoms that we do. The Founding Fathers fought day after day, year after year to build this Nation founded on their deep faith in a God that gives freedom and grace to all. Because of their hard work and dedication and the sacrifice of so many I am able to be here living my dream.

2) My 1st Sale

I am so thankful that I have officially made my 1st sale at my shop!! I know that in order to grow the business and blog it will take time and effort. And I’m willing to wait and work. However I am very encouraged by the growth that I have seen. Thank you for coming along on this journey and supporting me along the way!

3) Friendly Customer Service People

I have had to make a couple of more phone calls this week. I have been very blessed to have some really nice, friendly, and helpful customer service people answer the phone. I’m always a little leery making phone calls because you never know who is going to pick up on the other end. Ever since I have started this blog and business I have never had an angry person helping me out. I am so thankful that there are kind, patient people out there willing to help confused people like me.

What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

P.S. I would like to let ya’ll know that this post is delayed due to a power outage. I had it typed and had about 15 minutes of work left at 5:30 PM yesterday and then all of a sudden our power went out  and didn’t come back on until 11:30 PM. Thanks so much for your patience.

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Confidently Going Against the Grain

“…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:32

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Have you ever felt you know exactly where God wants you to be and exactly what He wants you to do but still struggle with some form of doubt? Wondering if you really are enough, or if He really called you to do this particular thing. And you find yourself struggling between believing the truth of His promises or giving into doubt and self-pity.

Well, you’re not alone. I’ve felt that way a time or two. And as I keep moving forward I’m learning a couple of important lessons that I’d like to share with you.

1) God created you exactly the way that you are for a very special purpose

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
~Psalm 139:13 +16

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
~Ephesians 2:10

See, God has a plan for your life and that plan is good (Jeremiah 29:11). What you are going through now doesn’t surprise Him. He knows all of your days and knows what each day holds.

2) He knows all about you and loves you anyway…

Something that I am continually being reminded of is that God’s love is so much deeper than I am able to comprehend. He knows everything about me; my sin, my thoughts, my weaknesses, my strengths, etc. and loves me. All of me. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly (Romans 5:6-11, Romans 8:31-37).

3) Confidence comes only from my relationship with God

I’m going to be very honest with ya’ll here. I really enjoy getting compliments. It gives me a little confidence boost. It affirms that I am indeed on the right path and that people do see what I do and like it and/or support me. But here’s a big lesson that I am learning: confidence coming from anyone or anything that is NOT my relationship with God is like playing with fire. I am going to get burned. Confidence is defined as “The feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.” (Definition is taken from Google.com).

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”
~Psalm 20:7-8

We are reminded again and again in the Bible that people will fail us and let us down. God is the only One who remains the same day after day, year after year (Hebrews 13:8). The size of the army doesn’t matter to God. He can do big things with very little (see Judges 7). He wants us to rely on Him not on our circumstances, our support system, or our own abilities.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
~Romans 12:2

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
~Matthew 7:13-14

Knowing the truth that is in the Gospel and by putting our trust in God alone we can be confident in His good plan for our lives and His deep love for us. Following where God leads is not always easy; but it’s for our best. Friends and sometimes even family won’t fully understand why we’re going on such a different path. But God does. And He is faithful. With Him by our side we can confidently go against the grain.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

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The Little Things in Life…

“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~John 10:10b

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that we remember the most.

On Friday I had a friend over. When we got to my house we talked and shared interesting tid-bits over coffee. We then had some lunch while watching coverage of the Thunderbird Crash. After lunch we made cards, played games, painted our nails, and watched “Mom’s Night Out {If you haven’t seen this movie I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT; and I’m not getting paid to say that I really, really love that movie.}

Target

9 out 10 made it on the circle. # 10 hit the bottom of the paper…

Saturday we went to the indoor range so that we could all practice our target shooting. Although I’m not where I want to be I am very thankful and encouraged by the progress I have made. I can now say that I’m hitting paper rather consistently. I couldn’t say that a month and a half ago. So I have made improvement! (:

After the range we went to the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and looked around then  popped into Goodwill to see if we could find any treasures. We didn’t find anything that we couldn’t live without,  however, I am very pleased that I made it out of there without a CD. (Now THAT is impressive…).

Sunday we went to church and then rested since several of us didn’t feel well.

Stack of Library Books

We also made a stop at the library…

Dad took Monday off so that he and us three kids could get our eyes checked. We had some errands to run before our appointments. We finished what we could and found we had some time to kill so we decided to check out the book store across the street. And let me tell you IT WAS AWESOME! There was an entire section of inspirational books and Amish romance novels. Then there was the book of funny sayings, old books with really pretty covers, and an entire shelf of pretty journals and notebooks. (I had to really work on some  self-discipline because I love note books!). There was also a gigantic section devoted to children’s books with all sorts of pretty illustrations and then a lot of biographies. So many books that looked so good. I didn’t look too in depth because I easily could have been bankrupt in a matter of a couple of hours. But I’m definitely going back in the near future!

We then went to our appointments and I got new contacts! I also got a really cool new summer hat that will match more of my blue clothing and a really cool pair of sunglasses. And let’s not forget the new glasses case that fits both my glasses and contacts! That will come in very handy for traveling (since I travel so frequently…).

Summer hat, sunglasses, and glasses caseThe reason that I’m sharing all of this with you is because I want you to know that you don’t need to do something BIG in order to make memories. Sure you can make great memories going on vacations and seeing the world. But you can make just as good of memories not leaving town. Sometimes the best memories are the little inexpensive things in life.

What are some little things that you have done that turn into some of the best moments of your life? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Introducing….

Hey Ya’ll! I hope that you had a great weekend! I apologize for not posting on Thursday and Friday. I was working on that big project that I have been telling you about for the last several weeks. And thankfully I finished that project today!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen I’d like to introduce you to….

 

Snapshots of Contentment

 Snapshots of Contentment logo

After many, many weeks researching, making phone calls, stress, tears, and thoughts of giving up it’s finally here. My little online shop! My goal here is to share some of the better pictures from the blog so that you can enjoy their beauty in your own home on various products that you use everyday.

My hope is that these images encourage you and remind you that contentment can be found in your everyday life if you just look around you. As well as let you know that you don’t need a huge fancy camera to get good quality pictures. Using just your phone or tablet and a little know how you can take great pictures in your own backyard.

I hope that you’ll click on over to the shop and take a look around. You can do so by clicking here or on the heading just above the photo. I’d love for you to tell me what you think so far and what images you would like to see in the future. You can do that by either sending me an email here or by commenting below.

Thanks so much for all of your love and support!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Our Daily Blessings!(:

Happy Friday Ya’ll! How was your week? Here’s a few blessings from the past week that I’d like to share with you.

1) A little cold snap before the heat wave

Earlier this week it felt a little like Fall. It was cloudy and chilly but still very nice out. The weather made us want to wear all of our sweaters and boots and have a fire in the fireplace even though it’s June. We’re enjoying every day but excited for Fall to arrive since we didn’t really get to celebrate last year because of the move. But I’m very thankful that we had a bit of a cold snap because it’s going to be 91° on Sunday. (:

2) An Abundance of Clothes

I’ve been very blessed to have a lot of nice clothes. They may not be name brand or high fashion but they are in really good shape and I like them. Recently our washer decided to quit working properly, so we got a new one that will be delivered Monday. We had been able to fiddle with the dial and get it to run fairly consistently until yesterday. I’m very thankful that we all have enough seasonably appropriate clothes to not need to use the washer much until Monday.

 3) An Outdoor Bible study

Bible study material with a morning snack

This photo was taken last Summer…

The past few days I have decided to spend more time in Bible study and prayer. I knew that I needed to make some changes and decided to move everything outside to our front porch. And you know what? It’s been SO nice,  to sit outside and learn from God while being surrounded by His creation. If you ever have the opportunity I encourage you to do a Bible study outside. I find it to be very relaxing and refreshing.

What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. Have a great weekend and stay cool in this heat!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Wednesday Wonders!(:

It’s Wednesday Ya’ll! That means that it’s time for another addition to our Wednesday Wonders! So, here we go!

1) A Simple Marigold

Orange MarigoldWe decided to plant some Marigolds in the planter out front several weeks ago. I noticed that one of them happened to be a little taller than the rest. So, I got a picture. I love the detail that you’re able to see because it’s so crisp and clear.

2) A Reminder of a Promise

RainbowSunday night as we were driving home from church I was photographing yet another sunset. It was evident by the puddles on the road that we had just missed the downpour of rain. But we didn’t miss the rainbow in the clouds. Rainbows are another favorite of mine; I love the promise that they continue to represent. Remember that our God is ALWAYS faithful to keep EVERY ONE of His Promises (Deut. 7:9).

3) A Face in a Tree

Tree with a faceAs we were out walking today JoJo noticed that this tree looked like it had a face. So, naturally I took a photo to share with ya’ll.

What are some of the Wonders that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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