Last night right before I was going to drop off into my REM sleep mode, I decided to plug in to the Kindle one more time and there in the email box there was a tweet from my new cyberweb friend, Tammy – what a delight this gal is and I enjoy her writing because she keeps it real. I love real! Back to the point – I saw the FMF word prompt – WORLD! Of course my mind went racing yet, a post did not come to me, instead I went into a deep sleep. You can visit Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday here!
Early this morning I was out in our small blueberry grove string-trimming when it came to me – Mrs. Bird’s song from P.D.Eastman’s The Best Nest (quoted above). I better set the timer…
For the last several years I have had an inner longing to move away from our beautiful mountain home and find a new nest on a body of water. I wanted the peace and tranquility of a lake or pond as my front yard. I dreamed of a dock. A canoe. Adirondack chairs. A fire pit waterside. Simon fishing. Hubs sailing his hand-crafted outrigger. The yearning was eating me up. I prayed. I sought the Lord. I pleaded. I begged.
You get the picture – it got ugly. THEN, I prayed for contentment in where I was, NOT where I wanted to be. And, like The God He Is, He provided that to me.
It is mandatory for me to live in peace, with joy – I cannot abide striving for something or against someone. God has us planted in this great big world of His, exactly where He wants us. Who knows perhaps next week He’ll move us but until He does I am going to be content and grateful with the plot of earth He has blessed us with and I’m going to sing with Mrs. Bird…
I love my house, I love my nest, in all the WORLD, this nest is best!
Linking up with Kate and the Five Minute Friday Tribe is one of the highlights of my week. An awesome group of writers challenging themselves to impromptu write for five minutes on one word topic. Crazy fun!
Ruthie Gray says
Ah, I LOVE this! I mean love it. Your poem is so comforting and homey. Your mountainside picture gorgeous. I live in the mountains too (WV). I want to live in Florida. Instead, I get to visit Florida almost monthly due to hub’s job there. So, God had a different plan than me!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on FMF! I’m your neighbor!
Ruthie, thanks for the visit – I’ll be right over from #41 – I’d love a cuppa when I get there!
Rachel Q says
I love that book. I have read it to my kids many times and what a good thought of truth to glean from it! Be content with what you have! I, too, have not always been happy with where I am at in life but then God reminds me He has me right where I need to be and He directs my steps well as I lean into Him. Thanks for this reminder! Happy Friday to you! (Your neighbor at FMF) 🙂
Hi Rachel – it’s good for us to learn contentment (with great gain!). Thanks for visiting.
Contentment is such a hard lesson! But it’s amazing how a change in perspective can change your whole world.
Oh Melissa! One of life’s hardest.
Erin Baker says
I LOVE how you started your writing with that wonderful piece of children’s literature! It made my heart sing! I could hear the longing in your writing of a place on the water, but love how you gave your longing and striving to God because you know His perfect peace and realized you were starting to leave it. God is so good. Love that you have your contentment again. Happy endings are the best!
Oh Erin YES!!! Thanks for the visit.
Oh my sweet soul sister! I’m walking through contentment as well. Please God, two toilets in one house? Is that too much? The three girl morning drama is wearing…
Oh and you are so sweet to mention me. I’m glad my tweet didn’t wake you. You weekly encourage me when I haven’t linked up. You are so welcoming.
I love that Paul says he learned the lesson of contentment. It’s a lesson and a character development, not a spiritual gift. 😉
Beautiful photos too!
Lots of love,
From your soul sister with only one bathroom in the house!!! xo
Sometimes it is so hard to be content. But the truth is that God does provide. I think of the words “Be still and know that I am God.” Beautiful post friend!
Tara, thank you, beautiful friend!
Really like this! My hubby and I have been kicking around home improvement ideas lately. Some things really do need to be done (like new carpet) but I have to be careful because it’s a very short road to discontentment. The important thing is not that I have the fanciest home in the world, but that I enjoy the one He’s given me. Good words!
As The Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!” She is so right!
Ah yes… sometimes we forget this, don’t we? To be content and happy and at peace with where we are! It offers such joy when we remember! Great post!
Oh, the joy!
Tara @ Lehman lane says
Such a beautiful reminder Susan! How easy it is fall into being discontent!!! I love that you had the wisdom to pray for contentment with where you are at not dwelling on where you wanted to be!
Tara, stubborn me – it took me a lot longer than it should have!
Hey Susan! You are wise woman. Don’t give up on your dream. They come true in the Lord’s timing. 27 years ago, I visited Arizona and thought I would move there. 27 years later, I am!
Yay! you! Michelle, going to Arizona!!!
Mary Geisen says
God certainly has us exactly where He wants us, doesn’t He? Time and time again we look to the world and what others have and become dissatisfied instead of being content right where we are! Happy weekend friend and I love your pictures!
Contentment IS great gain!
Another post straight from my heart 😉 I must say, I came to this decision long ago…but when I’m ‘offered a seat on the bus’ to water-I take it! Love your insights.
KS to KS…xoxo