Thanks for your patience with this month's Gentle Domesticity block.
Over the last couple of weeks I've spent a lot of time resting and it's been a blessing in disguise because I've been given quiet time to reflect on life, the people I share it with, and a sense of growing contentment with my lot in life.
It's a not a perfect life.
There's loss and grief that never goes away, regular concerns about loved ones, preparing for the financial impact of aging in our changing economy, plus various and sundry 'other things' that could threaten to remove the shine off what would otherwise be called a wonderful life.
Of course, that's if I let them, and to be honest sometimes it's all a bit much for me and I will wallow in a pool of tears, or gather me, myself and I for a pity party - but only on rare occasions like an anniversary, or if I've been unwell and in pain for a long period.
Most of the time I count my blessings. Most of the time I cherish close to my heart the joys and gifts and delights the Lord has poured upon me and I praise Him.
It's during those moments, when I quiet my soul and drink deeply from the goodness of His grace, that a profound gratitude fills the empty and raw spaces inside. From this stream of gratitude a well of contentment spreads, promising to sustain me in the ebb and flow of a season yet to come.
I can say, I am blessed.
I can say, my heart abounds with gratitude.
I can say, I know contentment - contentment as a wife, as a woman, as a homemaker, as a mother, as a friend, as a daughter of the Most High.
Often it's just making the choice to give thanks, deciding to be content with where we are today and with what we have, that brings nourishment to those dry parched areas inside our hearts, allowing us to burst forth with fresh growth and abundant life.
I want to be lush and life-giving, don't you?
I don't want to be the shriveled pot plant out back that's neglected and parched of life giving water, and that what the Gentle Domesticity block this month signifies. The beauty we show when we soak in gratitude and bloom in contentment.
Block 7 is HERE waiting for you.
May your heart fill with contentment and blessing as you stitch.
Blocks 1-6 are also in the shop if you've missed any this year.