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Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired to write Audrey's story, and began the blog www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com in honor of her. You...

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  1. Thank you for this. Even when we don’t really want what other people have, it can be confusing and uncomfortable when our “lack” is exposed or up for discussion. So many people just can’t fathom contentment that cultivating it just feels weird sometimes! :0) Thanks for reminding me that it’s not just me feeling that way!

  2. for a long time with me it was marriage. as soon as i get married, i’ll be happy. i would think i wasn’t worth something or valuable unless i was married.

    i don’t know exactly when it happened but i am most definitely more content with my single state now and am not {currently} freaking out about not being married even though everyone around me is.

    am i perfect? by NO means. there are days where i say something to the affect of “Jesus i **REALLY** need a husband” but then He reminds me that at this moment, He is enough. and that i need to find myself in Him instead of a new last name.

    beautiful post angie! (as always) 🙂

  3. Today, this season of my own life, I needed to hear these words. Thank you. Simplicity is definitely something I long for in my life, but, like you said, I wonder just how much I’m willing to pursue it sometimes. But RESTing in the contentment of knowing that where God has me, what He’s given me — well, that’s where I truly want to LIVE.

  4. You are so right. I find myself doing this all the time. If only I had this, if only this were that way, if only, if only, if only. Argh! There are some things I wish I could change about my life that I do believe would lead to contentment and better focus on Christ. Now…how to get there and leave all the rest alone? That’s the question. Thanks for a great post!

    Laura

  5. Oh Angie… how I needed this post today. I had a long conversation with my husband last night about this very topic. I need to say no, set boundaries and just get over the guilt that I need to take care of myself spiritually, mentally and physically. I am praying about joining the Bloom Book Club with the book Sabbath… but my life is so full, I don’t know how to fit it in. Everything I do is important to me, but am I taking on too much?
    Thanks for continuing to bring attention to this issue.

  6. Wow, what a thought provoking post. Words that I needed to hear. I need quiet time to rest, to think, and spend in prayer with Jesus. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Yes I do want to join you. I want that very much. Today we slept in, on the livingroom couch under the one air conditioner because of a heat wave (our area has high heat in the fall) and I woke before my dauther and I prayed that Jesus would fill my heart with his love to give her and lead my day so I could walk it in praise…and the phone rang and the nieghbor with three little boys under 5 across the street asked if the baby could stay with us because he’s sick while she took the other three to Biblestudy and didn’t miss it. I said yes, of course. Jesus, lead me…keep my yes coming from your loving yes.

  8. I understand the need for a Sabbath. It can be hard to allow yourself to just sit & do nothing.

    My husband & I both work busy stressful jobs & drive a lot, living out in the country. After church on Sundays I usually just sit on the couch & “vegetate” on some TV show. I find it helps to relax me & get me ready for another busy week.

    Simplicity is another thing we’re striving for. We don’t have cell phones or blackberries. Just the basic trac phone for emergencies. I love the simple life with as few gadgets as possible.

  9. Great post, and definitely something I’ve been pondering for awhile. Except that I fall into that “things need to change but yet they are still the same” category. This also reminds me of one of my favorite songwriters and singers, Rich Mullins: “Everybody I know says they need just one thing, but what they really mean is they need just one thing MORE.” And I love the line “I don’t wanna lose the eternal for the things that are passing.” And the point is that Jesus should be our “one thing.”

    Thanks for the great post!

  10. You voiced my very thoughts today… simplicity. My desire for it and rest are strong— and I believe from Him. And yet,… and yet, … my life is not simple and I am not living the Sabbath lifestyle He offers me.

  11. Great thoughts, Angie!

    Did you know that there is a Christian religion that rests on Sabbath?

    They’re called Seventh-day Adventists and their Sabbath rest is from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.

    It’s a wonderful, worldwide Christian faith community with sound Biblical doctrine to support their beliefs! I was born into the faith and baptized when I was a teenager and I love having that sacred time to rest and let go of work-related, life-related cares and be spiritually fed (through individual Bible study, Sabbath school, church service and mission/outreach/evangelism events which we do).

    You can learn more about their faith on their official website (see link in Website field).

    Read up! Let me know what you think!

    May God continue to bless and keep you in your ministry and SELAH, of course! =)

  12. I think it all comes down to what or whom we have sitting on the throne of our heart, is it Jesus, or is it money, or maybe just things we can buy with money? Who is the center of our life? like a little child only wants to be with her mommy, that’s how we should be craving only to be close to God. To see him, to feel Him, to have Him fill our heart, to have Him love us, and hold us. Gods Sabbath is a gift to us from the Creator of the universe, He rested on the seventh day, and He knows we need it too. Its a beautiful thing to submit to Jesus in this.

  13. Oh Angie, thanks for the beautifully reminder! It’s never too late. I think I will start this weekend to truly rest on the Sabbath. We did when I was a child, and I have gotten away from it.

  14. EXACTLY!!! This has been SOOOO heavy on my heart lately. We need this so desperately and our society just keeps tempting us away from it. And makes you feel inadequate if you don’t get it ‘all’ done. We gals need to ban together and stand up to fight this endless ‘busy-ness’ thing that chokes the life out of our families as a unified front! Thanks for the words, Angie!