It’s Enough

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     My husband is working today.  It is his second, 12 hour overtime shift of the week.  He also had a couple of hours of overtime at the shooting range.  By the time he gets home tonight, he will have worked 26 hours over the course of his three normal days off.  His regular work week starts tomorrow.  I’m grateful to the Lord for the provision of the overtime as well as for a husband who cheerfully requests and works the extra shifts.  I’m grateful to my husband for this as well. 

     It’s been a day of quiet reflection and pondering here.  Ever have days like that?  Amidst the activities of my day, another quite ordinary day, my mind has considered and thought through many things.  Though my husband works such long hours, and though we live fairly frugally, incurring no debt and shopping carefully for our needs, we are always in a position of just enough.  But consider that word with me – enough. 

     Enough means that we have what we need.  Why do we want more?  My Bible reading today fueled some of this thinking, so bear with me.  The Israelites were supplied with enough food for the day in the wilderness.  If they became greedy and tried to stash a bit of extra manna away for a rainy day, it became worm infested and rotten.  They whined and moaned and lacked trust in the Lord. 

      Likewise, Jesus’ disciples, shortly after He fed thousands with seven loaves of bread and a few small fish, bemoaned the fact that they had only one loaf of bread with them as they travelled by boat.  They had just witnessed the feeding of the thousands.  They knew what Jesus had done.  Yet, they whined and moaned and lacked trust in the Lord.  Worse yet, Jesus was in the process of instructing them and rather than opening their hearts to be filled with His words, they were concerned about the fullness of their stomachs!

     I don’t want to be guilty of whining and complaining.  I want to be a woman of faith, who trusts God for His provision.  I want to be a woman who is satisfied with enough.  Even more, I want to pass that sort of faith and trust and contentment on to my children.  I must strive, daily, to exhibit those traits – faith, trust and contentment – because my children will learn more from my walk than they ever will from my talk. 

     I have seen in my own life, time and again, the Lord withholding overtime shifts when they were not really needed, only to make them available almost in abundance during times of need.  He is so loving and faithful, though, that He has even provided for some of our “wants” through overtime shifts.  He always supplies us with enough.

    

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     I took my Bible and a couple of my other study tools out to the front porch with me this afternoon.  It is usually too warm in the late afternoon to be on the porch as the sun comes round to that side of the house.  Today, though, a cool, refreshing breeze blew throughout the afternoon, and the porch was the perfect quiet retreat. 

 

 

 

 

 

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     Occasionally, a large, dark shadow passing overhead caught my eye.  Several large vultures were circling over my home and front yard.  They were contemplating the meal of a possum left on the side of the road by a passing car last night.  You know, there is a beauty to God’s creation that escaped me when I lived in the city.  Vultures are part of God’s clean-up crew, and they do a very thorough job when given the opportunity.  To my eye, they are just ugly and clumsy, but in God’s economy they perform a much needed service.

 

 

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     As I read this afternoon, the only sounds were the wind in the trees and the low, soothing tones of the large wind chimes gifted to me a few years ago by my family for Mother’s Day and the cheerful, melodic singing of the smaller chimes that we brought home from our anniversary trip to the coast.  My boys each came out periodically, one for help with school work and the other bringing a book to read aloud.  Another time some assembly help was needed with a kite.  By and by, Dani joined me on the porch, and we chatted a bit, read a bit, and typed a bit on our lap tops.  There was such a beauty and tranquility about it.

 

 

 

 

 

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     Don’t get me wrong.  It wasn’t all peace and quiet.  The school buses were rolling by, their deisel engines roaring as they accelerated and their brakes squealing as they slowed and stopped to let children off, only to accelerate down the road again.  There was also the occasional gravel truck or grape truck travelling past, noisily gearing down as they approached the stop sign just to the south of us, or shifting up as they passed in front of my home travelling north.  Yet, the moments of quiet, hearing only the breeze passing through the trees and through my wind chimes reminded me to let the noise of the traffic go.  It was enough. 

     God’s provision is always enough, no matter the commodity.  He gives us time enough, if only we would be faithful to use those hours to their best advantage.  He gives us wisdom enough, if only we would seek it out as the treasure that Scripture tells us that it is.  He gives His children rest enough, if we would only choose to take the rest He sends. 

     Lord, give us faith to trust You and hearts that are truly grateful for “enough”.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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21 comments to It’s Enough

  • Perfectly said Cheryl!
    Thank you for this post as it was just what I needed to hear as I have been struggling with contentment!
    It’s embarrassing to admit but it is true and I feel blessed tonight after reading your post!
    Wishing you a blessed Thursday!

  • Perfectly said Cheryl!
    Thank you for this post as it was just what I needed to hear as I have been struggling with contentment!
    It’s embarrassing to admit but it is true and I feel blessed tonight after reading your post!
    Wishing you a blessed Thursday!

  • Cheryl, your words on this subject are so well-timed for me. We are hoping to sell our home in a few months’ time, and move two states away, back to the hometown of our youth to be near our parents. We will be stepping out in faith, leaving the comfortable life we’ve built here, and trusting that God will provide us with opportunities in New Mexico.

    Thanks for this great post. I’m so glad you’re back to blogging!

  • The fruits of appreciating that we have enough….joy, contentment, love, peace.  Wonderful words that spoke to my heart.

    Blessings

    Niki

    http://www.ruralwritings.blogspot.com

  • Lovely post, and so timely for me, as well. I’d like to link to this post when I blog today.

    Looks like a lot of us are needing this word!

    –Barbara

  • Wow. Great post!!! I am blessed by your words and will read them again today!

  • Ahhh, we were just talking about that a couple days ago (but with some frustration), in that, just as you stated, we live frugally, yet, we always have “just enough”. I appreciate your insight and encouragement in this area; especially, using the Israelites and manna, to illustrate it.  That scripture is often used for provision, or for grumbling, but not always for the realization that “just enough” IS ENOUGH!

    Needed the reminder; God bless you as you prepare for the weekend, friend!

  • Ahhh, we were just talking about that a couple days ago (but with some frustration), in that, just as you stated, we live frugally, yet, we always have “just enough”. I appreciate your insight and encouragement in this area; especially, using the Israelites and manna, to illustrate it.  That scripture is often used for provision, or for grumbling, but not always for the realization that “just enough” IS ENOUGH!

    Needed the reminder; God bless you as you prepare for the weekend, friend!

  • @primrosesnpeonies – @Azul – @Niki497 – @barbieheart – @tjsNana – @SimpliciTea –   Ladies!  I wish I could give you all a big ol’ hug!  It sounds like we’re all on the same page.  Isn’t it wonderful when the Lord meets us where we are??  Of course, He is always faithful to that meeting, it’s we that often arrive late to the party. 

  • You did it again!!  Again you have adjusted my attitude about something:)  Today is pay day at our house and while I was paying bills, I was saddened by the fact that there was a lot of “extra.”  But as I read your post, I realized that we have enough.  Now my prayer is that I can be grateful for enough.

    Thanks!!

  • Thank you for this post, I really needed to hear it. xoxoxo Clarice

  • Cheryl,

    I consider you to be a chiropractor of sorts, always giving my attitude an adjustment. It might hurt for a minute but then everything is fixed where it should be. I have been struggling with this and also in the realm of this urgency to prepare for …I don’t know an emergency…something. I was really struggling here and talking to God about it. I go back and forth between wanting to hide my family away with a 30 year stockpile of goods and saying “hey, The Lord of the Universe can surely supply all our needs”. I guess it is more of I don’t want to fail at the task at hand, you know. Don’t want to be one of those virgins without oil in my lamp. I read some of your posts and feel like I am so behind.  I should have a garden and be canning things. I should have goats! But, I am in a small townhome with a very small back yard and my dh would probably faint if I asked him to milk a goat (he is a cop too, so I really enjoy your posts about being a cop’s wife, it is very hard to have friends in real life because there almost always comes that moment when they ask for a “favor”)

    Thanks again for a great post, this is why I have your blog highlighted with your current post on my blog.

    Many Blessings Friend,

    Ace

  • @rsmjcdorris –   It’s pay day today here, too.  Tomorrow, as Dani and I tackle that every-other-Friday mega-shop, I will, as always, pray for discernment and wisdom, and I will praise Him for what we are able to bring Him.  It is always enough.

    @claricewa –  It was good to “see” you, Clarice!!

    @ace –  Oh, Ace!  I don’t want anyone who drops by for a visit here to ever feel like they are “behind” or that they need to be doing anything more than what the Lord has laid before them.  Yes, we have a garden, but it didn’t do so well this year, so not much was put up.  Our goats?  We haven’t had a buck (daddy goat) for several years, so no milking either.  Ace, you are exactly where the Lord would have you to be.  While none of us want to be like the virgins who did not fill their lamps with oil, there is no wisdom in having a tanker truck full of oil, either.   The Lord leads each of us differently because we are all unique and because we are all in different places in life and in our walk with Him.    

  • Do you know how much you bless us all?  Thank you for your wise words!!  This is an area that I’m working on in myself – thank you again!  I’m blessed with Enough!  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • Ditto what everybody else said!

    Alesha

  • @MotherHen1966 –  ” I’m blessed with Enough! ”   Praise God!

    @akconklin – 

  • Cheryl,

    That was something I really needed to hear. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    Your porch is so gorgeous!

    Love,Heather

  • @heatherintx – Thanks, Heather.  The new porch is only a few months old and we are just now really finishing it up.  My husband built it by himself, and he did an incredible job.  I absolutely love it!

  • God bless your husband…

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • God bless your husband…

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • Hi Cheryl.
    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and REALLY appreciate your daily life narratives, they are so calming. I have been in the midst of learning a hard lesson on contentment and learning what ENOUGH is. We have been trying to sell our very small for us house (we are 7) to buy what I thought was a perfect house for us. Though I believe the door for this has shut. So, here we are getting ready for another long Northeast winter in our small house and I am working with the Lord to see it as ‘cozy’ instead of small. And I am truly grateful for it when there are so many without a home. We are blessed to have this little dwelling to keep us warm and safe.
    Blessings.