By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4
Decorating is one of my most cherished hobbies. I have hundreds of magazine clippings, pins on my Pinterest board, paint chips, and ideas. Most of the decorating ideas are inspired by the farmhouse in the country that I don’t even own. It has always been one of my dreams that my husband and I will buy a farmhouse in the country, maybe even in the mountains. I will show him all of my lofty ideas and plans, and he will make it all happen with his awesome skill and craftsmanship. We will dwell in the center of nature, enjoying the wonder of God’s creation, and living off of the land. I can think of a multitude of school lessons we could glean from living in the country and raising farm animals. Life’s pace would be a lot slower. I just love the idea of living in a simplier time and place. A think much of that desire has been coming from the Lord lately. He continues to remind me to find more ways to get back to the basics of life. He reminds that if the lilies and birds do not worry, then neither should I.
I have to admit I’ve wondered what life would be like if I hadn’t left the rushed life of the law firm to stay home with my first baby in 1998, or we hadn’t taken on the expense of homeschooling. Would I have had the money to purchase my dream home a long time ago? What would our life be like? Then the Lord brings to mind that if I still worked those long hours, I might not have the time and energy for four children and He might not have blessed me with them. He’s right and what would I do without all four of my blessings? I don’t want to imagine my life without them. I’ve made some pretty selfish choices in my life, but thanks be to God that now I would gladly sacrifice any worldly treasures for family in an INSTANT!
You know, being a wife and mommy puts lots of dreams into perspective. Actually, I think it is more the Lord that puts things into perspective. It is just not right at this point in time for us to buy our farmhouse, no matter how much my heart longs for it. I have to learn to be content with where I am right now and where God has placed me at this moment in time. I don’t want to waste the life of my family chasing a dream that may never happen and I don’t want to miss all of the blessings God has in store.
I admit it’s difficult at times raising and homeschooling four children on one full time income, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This is my life and calling from the Lord and I’m so GRATEFUL for it. The Lord may still bless me with my dream come true, but I am going to make the most of the dream that I am currently living! If I hadn’t obeyed the Lord so long ago and made changes to my life to fulfill His calling, I might have my dream house, but it would not be a home–not without my precious blessings and all of the lessons learned and treasured blessings we have shared on this journey together. Besides His dreams for me are much better than my mind can imagine!
My tip for you today is to follow the Lord’s leading and be content with where He places you. Make the most of what you have. I don’t have my farmhouse, but I’ll continue to add subtle touches to my suburban home like one while I dream. I find old fashioned and traditional decor by shopping wisely, utilizing store coupons, crafting to create nature-inspired decor, and using items from my yard.
I’ll continue to do my best to live contently and simply. I’ll pick the beautiful flowers He grows in my yard. I’ll watch my children blossom. I’ll follow wherever the Lord leads and He’ll provide for my needs and even some of my dreams. It’s not expensive treasures or the actual house that makes a home. It’s surrendering to the will of God and loving Him and your family that makes a house a home!