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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Breath of Fresh Air

Being content is is something I struggle with. I often tend to focus on what I don't have. Where I don't live. How I will manage to reach goals that seem impossible. Why others seem to have it easy, while we have to work at it. Whatever "it" is. We all have an "it" we're working hard to find or obtain. I can't stand this quality about  myself.

Yesterday I needed to get out of the house. An occupational hazard of homeschooling. I just felt boxed in after a week of passing around colds, and we needed some fresh air. So, I packed the boys in the car and drove to a park about 5 miles away from our house. 5 miles. That was all it took for me to realize I have this in my own backyard. We've been here a hundred times before, but today was different. It was like I was here for the first time.






It was gorgeous out. The sun was shining, and there was actually a breeze. As I took this walk with my sweet boys in the middle of the afternoon, I realized how much I let pass me by every day. Sometimes I'm so caught up in the worries of life that I miss the blessings right under my nose.
I wasn't expecting this treat for my heart, so these pictures were taken with my phone. I'm no photographer, but I think you get it. 

I kept hearing a favorite verse of mine whispered to my heart.

"...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." ~Philippians 4:10-13

This breath of fresh air was an unexpected reminder to strive for contentment. Look what the Lord has given me. These boys. This life...and a much needed breath of fresh air!

Lord, let me not take it for granted.


Get out and get a breath of fresh air today. I pray yours is as sweet as mine.










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16 Comments:

At September 21, 2010 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Diane said...

Beautiful. I think we all need to be reminded of this from time to time.

 
At September 21, 2010 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Wow, those were taken with your phone? Awesome!

 
At September 21, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

Glad you took a breather and enjoyed the view!

When I start to feel down I (try to) remember that I'm already blessed and privileged to be able to be at home with my children. There are lots of moms out there that long for that opportunity.

 
At September 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Reagan said...

Honestly, I NEEDED to hear this today. Thanks.

 
At September 21, 2010 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Di said...

What park is this?? I need to drag my hubby there! He can fish while I read!

 
At September 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM , Blogger Sara said...

My friend.... your blog soothes my heart. Always. Thank you.

 
At September 21, 2010 at 9:29 PM , Blogger An Imperfect Momma said...

Thank you a million times over for that blessed reminder :o)

 
At September 21, 2010 at 10:15 PM , Blogger Stephanie M. Page said...

Oh I absolutely love this post and the pictures and your heart behind it. And I can totally relate. and if i have broken a blogging comment rule by using and too many times, I am sorry! =)

 
At September 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Joy said...

What gorgeous pictures! This is a good reminder of how much I have to be thankful for. Sometimes it is to easy to take it for granted.

 
At September 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM , Blogger R.M.Gilbert said...

Adrienne, wouldn't you know it, me and and author friend were speaking about this very thing this morning. She's gearing up for a trip to Australia (her 3rd trip out of Europe, this year) while I've never left the United States. (Aside from a class trip to Canada in middle school).

I was quickly reminded of the beautiful place I live and how rich the U.S. is in climate, culture and history. How quickly we forget what we have. But it's wonderful when we realize it all over again.

 
At September 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

What a beautiful area!

 
At September 23, 2010 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Catheryn @ PinkBibs said...

Beautiful photos and write up!

It is easy to keep praying for what we don't have and forgot to be thankful for what we have. But God is always a good reminder :)

Enjoy the rest of the week!

 
At September 23, 2010 at 12:40 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

You know what I've discovered... it's something that is absolutely amazing. If we focus on being grateful for the things we have instead of dwelling on the things we don't have ~ we somehow attract more. It's weird... but I'm not a kidding!

It's so important to get out and get that breath of fresh air and focus on the blessings that you do have :)

Beautiful post!

 
At September 24, 2010 at 2:03 AM , Blogger adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

Aw, Adrienne, what a great post and a timely reminder for me. Thank you! Love that you put yourself in a position to hear from God - your kids are so lucky to have you as mum. :)

 
At September 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM , Blogger DateClubSheila said...

Adrienne, thanks for a great post. It was my breath of fresh air. A much needed perspective check.

And thanks for stopping by and checking in at Date of the Month Club. We always love to see new smiles.

Enjoy your weekend and your beautiful boys!

 
At September 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM , Blogger The Empress said...

Absolutely.

Please recognize the blessing.

I've had to go back to work, and miss the time I had at home with my children.

How blessed you are to see the gift you have in your hand.

How blessed you are to recognize the good fortune.

 

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