A week ago I realized I had begun being very envious of others. Comparing my life to theirs is what I was doing - I wanted what they had or were getting. Why can't I fit in here as well as she is fitting in there? Why can't I do that to make myself look prettier? Why can't my entire family participate in that event together? Why can't my husband be as Godly as that husband appears to be? Wow...really? Yeah... I know, pretty sad. Hopefully I'm not the only one that has ever been stuck in this nasty cycle.
Envy and comparing ourselves to others just leads to discontent.
Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Romans 12:6 ... let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 ...make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands...
Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
Father, forgive me for comparing myself to others and wishing I was different or had more. I should be minding my own business and remembering that You provide me with all my 'needs' and You will never leave or forsake me. Help me to be content in my circumstances. I long for joy to return...for simplicity. Lord, direct my paths and lead me in the ways You want for me. Show me where to prune and where you want me to grow!Life has been a complete whirlwind. I don't think I was even this busy ever in Indiana. And I'm not saying this in a good way!! I have not enjoyed being this strung out...not at all. It is NOT all it's cracked up to be, people! And I won't be doing it again. I felt so out of control. I couldn't remember my address the other day when asked, I was 20 minutes late to a dentist appointment because I couldn't keep it straight, I ended up sick (big surprise, right?), it just is too much. Maybe most people can do it...I can't. Let me take that back - I can - but it is not worth the sacrifices I make in the other areas of my life.
|Evan taking a swing during practice|
|Part of the cafeteria for the Silent Auction|
|Em looking cute in Jeff's hat|
Friday night we will be able to have some friends of ours stay with us overnight as they travel to South Carolina. We are planning a big breakfast for Saturday morning and lots of catching up to do! Tyrone and Lynette left Evansville around the time we did last summer and began their new adventures in Arkansas.
The kids have three weeks of school left. We then will have Matthew and Kendra here with their family!! And then we will be traveling to St. Augustine, Florida for vacation and meeting up with Scott and Jill and family! We are so excited to be seeing our friends! At some point this summer we plan to come to Indiana for a weekend and drop the kids off - my parents bringing them home in a week. Jeff and I might just have to check out Charleston, SC for a few nights while we have the alone time. We are also joining the YMCA here - they have an outdoor pool/water park. Our neighborhood eventually will have a pool but we have to have more houses built still, so not this summer! I look forward to a lazy summer!!