0 In The Grace of Motherhood/ Woman to Woman

Pinterest Nation

I’m going to confess something here.  Please hold your judgement.  (Barely audible whisper) My house is not Pinterest worthy.  Oh yes, I have a few Pinterest worthy areas of my house, but the rest of it is just, well, normal.  I know, I know, the rest of you have beautifully decorated, Pinterest projects in every room and a perfectly clean and organized home.  Oh…you don’t?  Is it possible that your house is like mine?  I mean, there are days that I wish I could just twist an oreo and my house would magically clean and decorate itself!  Okay, if you don’t get the oreo comment, just go with it, ‘kay? I clean and then 15 minutes later a tornado blows through and messes it all up again.  Well…maybe 4 tornadoes whom shall remain nameless.  🙂 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest.  I have discovered soooo many amazing ideas for every area of my life from Pinterest. In fact, you may have found this post on Pinterest!   But there are times, many times actually, that I find myself looking at different areas of my home with “Pinterest glasses”  and feeling dissatisfied with the current condition of my home because it doesn’t look like it comes from a Pinterest post.  Dissatisfied. Ungrateful. Embarrassed? Maybe.  Stressed. Loosing sight of my priorities…yes.  We all want to make our home a place of peace, comfort, and welcome.  Can we do that with old couches, bookcases that have not been painted with chalk paint, and unorganized closets?  Yes we can!  Although if I did organize my closet, I might have more time for projects…ugh.  I also might have more time to spend with my kids…doing projects together?  Oh stop that!  Ha ha…but all joking aside…How often do you just sit down in your house and enjoy total contentment?  What is it about that moment that brings you that feeling?  Is it that your house looks perfect? Is it that beautiful couch that you just bought?  These things CAN give us a temporary feeling of contentment (emphasis on the word TEMPORARY) But might I suggest, that the things that bring us true contentment are having our family and/or friends around, health,  having a roof over our heads and food on our table, etc. There are few moments in our household these days when our whole family can sit down together to eat, watch a movie, or play a game together.  Two of our kids are in sports and our oldest is out of high school and working while attending a Tech school.  Our toddler still think we’re the coolest so he hangs around.  Have everyone together brings me contentment.  Especially when everyone is getting along!  But that’s a topic for another post…

Take a deep breath.  My point of this post is to remind you to give yourself permission to be content with what you have.  We have become a Pinterest nation.  We compare ourselves not only to the Jones’s down the street now, but to the millions of Jones’s online.  That’s a lot of pressure!  Its fun to find projects to beautify our homes.  But when you start feeling like your house ( or any other area of your life) just isn’t good enough…turn off your techie device of choice, take a deep breath, and think about what the purpose of your home really is. 

Philippians 4:12 (NIV) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

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