I have a confession. I really struggle with being content. Like, I really struggle with this, not just a little bit. Our house is small and in need of updating. We’ve pretty much out grown it. But we won’t be able to move for years, if ever. Remodeling is a very slow process. I see these beautiful, open concept houses and I start to really dislike my house.
Our laptop is older. The battery doesn’t have much of a life. The power cord doesn’t like to stay plugged in so we have to hold it on with a rubber band. The speakers don’t work. But other than that, it does work fairly well. But I really want a Macbook. With the blog and doing more printables for the Etsy shop, a Macbook would work better.
I love that my child is curious about the world around her. I love that she loves to be with me. I love that her voice works perfectly and she loves to sing. I love that she doesn’t have a speech delay so that is one less mommy worry. But my ears are tired of listening. My body is tired of playing. I sometimes wish that she went to daycare or preschool even though we made the decision to not do that…just so I can do my own thing…in silence. I love being a mom…but I miss the silence and freedom I had pre-child.
Those are just some of the things I struggle with. Those are just the major things I’m struggling with this week. I am not good at being content. I want to be. I try to be. But I’m not. Here are a few of the things I do when I start getting discontent, angry, and restless.
Stay off the computer
When I am getting really annoyed at my house, I stay away from Pinterest especially. My husband likes to look at the real estate market and see what’s out there. I’ve had to tell him to stop sharing what he finds with me. It takes that part of me that would love to move and feds that discontent.
Take a break
This is especially true when being a mom is wearing on me. One morning last week I just sat and read a book while Abby played outside. I was a “mean mommy” and didn’t push her on the swing and didn’t give her a countdown to go down the slide. I told her mommy was there if she truly needed something but mommy needed a break and some time to herself. She didn’t like that. She had a hard time respecting that…but she did her best. It did help me feel a little more refreshed which stomped down that feeling if discontentment.
You knew this one would make the list. When I find myself starting to get restless, I try to remember to pray. I know that a lot of that discontentment is a spiritual attack. It’s crazy where those attacks can happen. Discontentment can be a form of temptation. Satan knows our weak points. But more importantly, God does too. He knows what we struggle with. He knows where we need help. We just need to ask Him.
Write down my blessings
This one may sound silly but it does work. When I find myself stuck in a cycle of complaining, I try to find the positive of each things I’m discontent about. Like my house. My house is small and lacks storage. But a blessing is that my mortgage, tax, and insurance payment combined is less than most monthly rents are around here. It’s definitely cheaper than the mortgage, etc. on a larger home....for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. -Phil. 4:11 Click To Tweet
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be truly content. I’m human. Contentment is something most every person struggles with in some area of their lives. Learning to be content is a lifetime lesson. You never stop learning it. These are just some of the ways I use to help make my discontentment fade. Remembering that I do have blessings and asking God to help remind me with them are the biggest strategies I use to be more content with my life.
Do you struggle with being discontent? What do you do to help get you through the rough times?
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