Feeling very fulfilled and content creating precious memories with our children. I'm focusing on remaining content in all things. This is good. Really good. Circumstances cause me to look up, look down, look around, seek, seek, and seek; they're not altogether bad, constantly changing, because once I seek, I find. I find Him. I find the One, the only one, in whom my soul rests. Once I find Him--as I always do when I seek--I am fully reminded to rest in Him. To be content. To remain content. In contentment is the peace which my soul desperately craves. I crave this peace more than I crave any other thing in my life! I crave peace as my body craves water. And I have found...I am finding, again and again that peace, true peace, is found in contentment.
Living this truth is key because I know that my children are watching me more than they are listening to me. (Often I wonder if they're ever listening to me.) But, do you know what I mean? The way that I live my life and walk in contentment and peace...or not, is what they get more than what I say to them. I have to keep this truth in the forefront, because I want my children to live life in peace more than anything else. Just as the apostle Paul said, whether they abound or are abased (Philippians 4:12), I want them to live life content; this brings about true peace.
So, this peace is truly what I want my children to catch, if they don't get anything else from me. This is my prayer for them. Am I always at peace? No way! But, this is my prayer for myself too. And I'm learning. I'm growing. I'm seeing God work His peace in me as a master craftsman. He is perfectly able to finish all of the good works that He has begun in me. I will continue to look for places to smile. I will continue to thoroughly enjoy creating memories--and opportunities for memories--with my children. Some of the things making us all smile recently are our 8 new baby chicks. They are darling. And yes, I know that they grow up! We are so excited about this new chapter in our new country life! Loving the moments. Loving the days. Looking for the smiles. Learning to remain content. Learning to live in peace.