Monday, March 8, 2010

The Marriage of Stewardship and Contentment

My word for the year is Stewardship. Stewardship is managing someone else's property well. It's using what you have to your best ability for someone else. This year my focus is on using my life, money, and time better, more to my best ability, than my previous years. So far, I think I have done good. Well, better. But today I made a discovery. My stewardship depends a bit on my level of contentment.

You see, my hubby and I have spent most of our marriage life in some sort of limbo. Always in a temporary situation. At first, this was exciting. It was great moving to a new house every two years, and getting to start over, so to speak. Those things get old after a while. Not having time to make and commit to friendships because your always to busy unpacking or packing or adjusting. Your kids needing to make new friends and feeling pain for them because those friendships they worked so hard to create have to be left behind. Always having to say "I don't know" to questions about your immediate future (we're talking a two to three year future), and to always be new. I have grown tired of all the temporary, weary of the unknown.

But recently, even though we still live in some state of temporary, I have felt a bit more content with where I stand. It's not where I want to be, mind you, it's just where I am. It's where, I hope, God wants us to be right now and if that were to change, well, we're pretty good at that part, but if it were to stay the same, it's alright too.

My contentment level has increased and so has my stewardship ability. Who would have thought those two had so much in common!Congratulations you two, you make a great couple!


  1. Great post, Emily! I've been learning a lot about contentment and stewardship lately too :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I'm really trying to learn that contentment as I face moving this summer. Every other time I've moved, I've been excited at the new possibilities. Now I just want to stay where I am. I love your attitude and hope that I can say the same!

  3. Love this post, we are also stuck in temporary mode, and it is hard. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. That concept is really quite impressive...I admire your perspective:

    "It's not where I want to be, mind you, it's just where I am. It's where, I hope, God wants us to be right now."

    The example you have set for me is clearly the Holy Spirit moving through's as if the Lord answered my blog post through yours! ha! Thanks for sharing!


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