I love this little stitching that hangs in our home. It’s pretty old, and worn by time. I’m guessing it was worked by a housewife in the 1930’s or 40’s. Maybe she needed a tiny reminder, just like I do some days, to Take Joy! in her humble abode. Was her home a tiny cottage overflowing with children? Or a big rambly house full of sweet memories? Was she struggling to make ends meet or overwhelmed by all that comes with affluence? I wonder if, like me, she was bombarded daily with catalogs and advertisements that created a desire for more, for fancier, for bigger, for better? Was it easier to be content back then than it is now?
Actually, just like us today,
she probably had to make a daily choice
to be satisfied with her lot in life.
And so, her stitching hangs where I can see it daily
and be reminded to be content.
Take Joy! by nurturing a contented heart!
…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret
of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.