I was cleaning out my blog drafts, a little housekeeping this morning, when I came across this post from last fall. It was written sometime in October, shortly after Dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It was an important read for me today. A reminder that there is still so much good in our lives. And while I miss Dad terribly and feel the loss of him so strongly during this season, I can still find contentment in our blessed life. And that is where my hope comes from.
October 2013Life is not perfect. You only have to read my Facebook or check past blog posts to know that there is a lot of pain and struggle and worry right now. Which makes what I’m about to say seem so wild and crazy to me.
I am content.
We had a speaker at my Moms group the other day. She was there to talk about raising children who are not entitled, but something she said at the beginning of her talk really resonated with me on a totally different level. “Teach your children to value contentment above happiness. Happiness is situational, but contentment is unchanging.” She elaborated, sharing that although you could wake up completely happy, your feelings could change immediately. Say, after your son smears peanut butter all over the dog. See? No matter what your station in life, your personal fulfillment or your strength of faith, there is a pretty good chance you are NO LONGER HAPPY. But, you can still be CONTENT.
Hm. That gave me pause. I am certain I am not happy at this time in my life. But am I content?
I was walking out of the gym this week when the answer came to me. I had just had a great workout, one that makes you feel strong, and capable and invincible. It was cool, the kind of weather that promised fall leaves and fires and warm blankets, and snuggling. And I was walking to my car and it hit me like it was a direct message from heaven. And I remember thinking, “I am content. I hope that years from now I can remember this season in our lives and remember this feeling of contentment. Right here, right now.”
But can I? Can I be content even when my father is fighting for his life? When cancer has crept like a thief in the night to wreck and ravage one of the people I hold most dear?
The answer, surprisingly, is YES.
The answer is yes. And I don’t think is dishonors my father to say that. Am I happy. Oh my, NO. No, my heart hurts and my soul cries out for God to hear our prayers. But I am content. And I would think that should comfort my father more than anything else could. Because I know he loves me. He wants the best for me. And I am finally at a place in my life where I can say, Yes, father. I am okay. I am content. I am at peace.
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Beautiful Liz! I will share with you that I knew the exact moment and where I was when I was suddenly happy and content again after Zach’s death. I came home right away to share that fact with Don! So, your blog totally resonates with me. God truly knows our need to go beyond just grieving. He knows our purpose is to live for Him and for others while He takes care of our loved ones until we meet again. That will be a wonderful time of reunion!!! Love you!❌⭕️❌⭕️
Thank you Connie!
Hey Liz, I love reading your blog. You make me laugh. I especially loved this post. Eric and I had a loss of our own August of last year. This post is just what I needed to hear. Thank you! Have a great day : )
Hi Lauren, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m glad the post was helpful today. And I hope to get back to writing things that make you laugh soon! 🙂
Bless you Liz . . . and thank you for sharing. I am struggling with a health injury and your words boosted my spirit. Thank you sweet girl. Cathy
Cathy, I am so glad that my words were helpful during your time of struggle.