Contentment in the Now… [Dream Again Day 25]


laundry baskets are full again

dishes in sink are overflowing again

the counters need wiping again

floors need vacuuming again

children are quarreling again

no one flushed again

phone is ringing again

bills are due again

baby is crying again

it’s morning again

again and again and again

I had to learn to find joy in the mess

Worship in the mundane.

Give thanks in the ugly.

To not be a slave to the house.

To not believe God thought cleaning toilets was all I was good for.

I was so busy looking for something out there — out the window for something better –missing what was right in front of me.

End 5 Minute Write…

Begin Contentment in the Now…

“I recognized that by rushing through life, I’d been subtly devaluing those around me and the experiences I was involved in, not appreciating the importance and significance they bring to my life at this very moment, not grasping my responsibility for holding dear and treating well these gifts God has entrusted to me. Instead of embracing the privilege of being a blessing to my husband, my children, my friends, and others, I’d been quietly communicating that I wanted them to change and speed up, to get busy being somebody else, someone who’s more in line with what I want and need, to hurry along to a place where they could make me happier than they currently do. That’s been me. Always looking toward the next moment, the next month, the next event, rarely allowing myself the privilege of fully participating and embracing the happenings that were right before me for that day…” Pricilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

Has that ever been you?

I know what it’s like to feel your life lost in the “AGAIN.” For years, I allowed discontentment to steal my life — my joy. And this is what I’ve learned.

While you are putting your hands to do the “AGAIN,” fully embrace life right where you are. Even if no one sees how diligently you are working, the sacrifices you are making — work as if God sees.

In the seemingly invaluable, far from extraordinary tasks of diaper changing, wiping crumbs, scrubbing toilets, filing paper work, raking leaves, taking out the trash, studying for a test on topics you will never ever need again, answering phones, handing out bulletins, driving a bus, serving coffee or even helping someone else’s dream come true, do it all to the best of your ability, with joy.

When we are able to fully embrace with joy the season we are in, instead of wishing the kids grown, waiting for the next thing, the next stage, the next season, if this will happen and that will happen then I will be happy — then you are really living.

Even though your life is good, God has put a desire in your heart for greatness. You don’t have to give that desire up. You are on a journey to see it. But be in the present every step of your journey.

It is a wilderness wandering until we make it to our promised land. And I believe our promised land is not so much a place as it is a life — a life of freedom. That no matter where we are in this world — we are free. We are walking in the freedom to be exactly who God designed us to be. That we can find contentment. Joy. Hope. Love. no matter what is happening all around us because our Hope is in the one who never changes.

Find yourself doing the work that is at hand. Do it with joy and give God your best, even while scrubbing toilets.

Focus on honoring God, offering your gifts, skills, talents and abilities to the task at hand, in this moment for His glory. Your faithfulness to Him is proved in the monotony.

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” (Galatians 6:9 MSG)

The question I had was, “How can I reach the world from home?”

Let me ask you, what can set you apart as a world changer?

This. Be completely available for Jesus. You are the image of God right where you are.

“It’s a balance. A holy equilibrium. A genuine gratitude for what the day brings, all the while maintaining a controlled anticipation for what tomorrow may offer…That longing that wells up within your heart and inevitably begins to control your life, making you slave to what you don’t have instead of fully engaged participant with what you do…Give yourself permission to enjoy fully the things you have, the person you are, and the life you are currently living while continuing to harbor the dreams that keep you growing and stretching into the future.” Pricilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women

When you desire God more, hunger and thirst after Him more, delight in Him with all of your being, until there is nothing you want more than God. When you are able to say with all of your heart, with complete sincerity, “You are my portion, Lord, and you are all I need.” Then you will see, when you least expect it, God will bring the very thing your heart desired into your life.

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  • Meredith Bernard

    This post. These words. Those quotes. All like salve to my soul this morning. Thank you for pointing me here…and pointing me to Him. Time and time again. I love you and I’m so glad God brought me you to help me dream again. <3 And would you believe I have that book on my shelf and never got it read (never even got it started!). Yes, you would believe it. Maybe I need to dust it off now. 😉 xoxo

  • Helen Tisdale

    Michele, I think I am behind on your blog; however, this post just blessed my very soul! Pricilla Shirer’s quote from “Begin Contentment InThe Now!” This is where Iam at right now in my life, finding myself after all these 62 years; 40 of them, caring for my disabled son, as a single parent. Your pictures Michele are extraordinary! I just love your blog. Icall it my comfort food for my eyes! I love what you are doing! Barbie from “My Freshly Brewed Life” has been so generously helping me tostart a blog. I have no idea what I am doing, where I am going. But when I look at young mothers like you, it gives me much hope. Michele, you so inspire me. Thankyou!

  • bluecottonmemory

    Sometimes I think that is where God wants us to find Him – in the agains! Wishing you a blessed weekend!

  • Lymari

    These last two posts left me speechless speaking straight to my heart and the season I’m in.He’s so amazing, nothing is hidden from Him.He knows the cry of our hearts and our every need.

  • Amy Hunt

    I read these words again and again. Just what I need.

  • Karin

    Yes! This beautiful reminder to live in the NOW. To see what is right in front of me… and crying in the crib upstairs. Thank you for this, Michele-Lyn.

  •!/201 Lori Poppinga

    Love the photos…that is so how the house looks for real! Thanks for stopping by Life, Love, and Laughter. I love the Dream Again idea~of course mine would start I have a dream that someday my children would clean not out of fear of punishment but for the love of cleanliness. I have a dream they will one day live in a home where laundry is folded promptly after it comes out of the dryer. I have a dream… LOL
    Keep up the God work.

  • Mel

    Love this…such a great reminder to focus on the blessings that are right in front of me! Blessings, friend. 🙂

  • Alia Joy

    Yes, it’s so hard, even now as my sink is overflowing with dishes, my kids will come in 15 minutes after having a snack, saying they’re starving and I’ve got this ridiculous cold… again. And yet, you’re right Michelle, I want to be content. Godliness with content is great gain and how will we ever rise above the mundane if we don’t see the magnificence now? Loved the reminder. You’ve been busy! I did one 31 day challenge in October and still haven’t finished. Writing everyday is serious discipline, you go girl!

  • ~Karrilee~

    LOVE this Michele-Lyn… and my, have I not lived it? And this: “To not believe God thought cleaning toilets was all I was good for.” Although my season of toddler messes and afternoon naps is long gone – I still struggle with this… such a good reminder to be fully available to Him – at all times, in all seasons!

    Thank you!

  • Lindsey van Niekerk

    You plumb depths with Jesus that kind of astound! I SEE the meaning of deep calling to deep as I “hear” you talk here and in my memories!

  • Rebekah

    I too often miss what is right in front of me~ oh, to see the sin in this! for when we have taken our eyes off the Lord our heart turns to pride – as though we need to do something great – when He already has. I can only boast in the Lord!
    This is what I long for: ‘You are my portion, Lord, and you are all I need.’
    Thank you

  • Nancy @ Pilgrim Wanderings

    Great post! I’ve always been guilty of trying to get things to HURRY UP AND HAPPEN ALREADY! that I often miss the joy in the journey. I guess it’s fear of the unknown. I like things to be settled and secure. The unknown is, well, unknown. I’m learning to embrace that, though, and look for the adventure in living life one day at a time.

    It’s easier said than done, though. 🙂

  • richelle @ “our wright”-ing pad

    seems like a mama’s life is full of so many again and again and agains… sometimes that is beautiful. sometimes it is discouraging.

  • denise

    Good post.

  • Rach

    Thanks for the reminder. With all the everyday tasks demanding to be done AGAIN, it’s easy to miss the invitation to connect with God again.