As I was leaving Walmart in the snow, blow and 26° below, or so it felt, I said these words out loud, “Love where you are.”
It is the middle of January before we hit our first shove-able snow. My kitchen curtains have been waiting. Mr. Innkeeper has not.
I read this quote just this week on Facebook:
“If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow.” ~Mindfulfitness
Innkeeper smiles. Love where you are.
And it goes deeper than measurable snowfall. Contentment.
The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines contentment as: a resting of mind without disquiet.
Since disquiet is not a word oft spoke, I looked it up too: uneasy, anxious, restless.
Innkeeper creates her own dictionary. Contentment: my mind rests and I’m at peace.
Does it come naturally? Notta, considering that the storms of life linger much longer than the most recent snowfall.
I spied this quote from Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C.: “I want to be famous in my home.”
I like that. Imagine if we were known for our contentment, contentment that reaches beyond the weather.
A mind at rest does more gratitude, less grumbling. More trusting, less fretting. More cookie baking, less criticizing.
A lofty goal? We can work on it together. This proverb found in the ancient words. “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” (Proverbs 14:30)
This kind of heart is made so by the grace of God, walking alongside of principles of truth.
A resting heart can walk through snowdrifts. If you need to pretend it is a sandy beach, Innkeeper makes allowance.
Come, just as you are.
PS: A love for snow days is a carry over from being married to a teacher. Sweetest message in bygone days on old answering machine, “Mr. Deeks, school is canceled for tomorrow.” Light the candle and turn up the music😊