Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Advice to my 23 year old self: be content



At the age of 23 I was married to my high school sweetheart, Rob, for two years and we had a one year old boy named Caleb. Rob had just been hired at Hudson Boatworks after a couple of part time jobs. Life was becoming financially stable.




Looking back I would tell my 23 year old self:

1. Not to always look forward to the next big thing, but to remain content exactly where God has put me. This is important in any stage of life really, but especially when you are in your early twenties. Always looking forward to the next big life event can make us discontent. "But godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6

2. Think more about others and how you can help or bless them. I was pretty consumed with my own life and I thought life with one baby was busy. I wish I could have told myself to look outside of my own home and see other's struggles. Helping others and being a servant is a good way to avoid discontentment.



3. Be more hospitable (like Belinda mentioned.) I know we were blessed by the hospitality of many older couples in our home church. I thought hospitality was something you did when you were older, or it was just certain people's gift. We did have other couples our own age over frequently, but hospitality is not only about having those few friends you are comfortable with over.

4. God is in control. We have hopes and dreams for this life here on earth, but God ordains our steps and His plan is not always our plan. I have experienced this many times in our married life. God's ways are not our ways but He is gracious and gives us the strength we need to walk the path he has placed us on.

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Taun and Rob have been married 11 years and have been blessed with four children and another on the way this winter! After spending the last several years in Michigan they have moved back "home" and are enjoying their time so close to family and friends once again.

Taun is my cousin, by the way. She blogs over at Day by Day. Thanks, Taun, for sharing some advice!

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