The Little Shepherdess by Johann Baptiste Hoffner
Contentment means "to be satisfied" and also means "to please." It includes a feeling of satisfaction and a quiet, settled happiness.
It is easy, in any place, to become restless and anxious, but the home is a place where contentment is advantageous even into the future.
As a homemaker, doing the same things multiple times and trying to be happy about it can be a challenge, but I believe it is God's will to be content, so here are some things you might try, in order to gain contentment.
Pray for contentment. Though we may think we can do everything on our own, it is God who enables us. If we ask for contentment, we may receive help, and somehow we become more aware of the avenues of contentment.
Set yourself on a course of personal improvement by correcting your faults, serving others in your family, learning something and adding good character qualities. You might want more discernment, nobility, be able to recognize truth, develop things that are good and lovely etc. (Philippians 4:819), or, there might be physical things you want to improve, such as better health and adequate rest. You might list social skills like learning more about hospitality and courtesy. Maybe you want to dress better everyday at home. These are all things on a self-improvement list that improve your quality of life and your contentment.
Sort things and list things. I hope there are other ladies out there my age who remember listing and organizing everything they owned. It increased a feeling of contentment. I suppose today it would increase contentment if we listed everything we owned and tried to eliminate half of it. As we grow older we naturally accumulate a lot!
Finish something or accomplish something. Completing one task or finishing an old project produces contentment.
Take your time, not to delay, but to allow your mind to dwell on what you are doing and give it time to catch up with your actions. Rushing can bring on a feeling of anxiety and panic. To produce contentment, take your time doing a small task.
Block out the world with all its stress. An old hymn says, "Take time to be holy: the world rushes on." In every era, people have experienced the same anxiety about life going past too fast. It will slow down when you personally slow down and take time to be holy. "Holy" means to set apart. It means to get away from the world. You can do that in your own home by allowing yourself to be still and to dwell on something good and lovely.
The Bible says: "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
(1 Timothy 6:6), and "Be content with such things as ye have." (Hebrews 13:5)
I hope you enjoy this video and will excuse that I fumble about so much. I am learning how to edit and will become more confident at this, I hope. I do have a remote...somewhere...and will be content when I can use it to aid in making videos.
Someone is probably going to ask about this light blue cardigan so I am posting pictures here. It is by Faded Glory and has a lot of rayon in it, which is comfortable--not too hot, amd just right for wearing at home.
I like the knitted ribbing going completely around the garment from the neck to the front and again around the back. The piece at the back waist gives it a nice shape. These were on sale in several colors some time ago, at Walmart. They style looks like something that might be easy to knit or crochet.
I have been amused at some of the emails I get regarding the videos: they all ask where I got the sweater I am wearing :-)