When we first moved into our small home for Joshua to start law school, I felt cramped and could hardly wait to move to a bigger place.
Little did I think that when we finally did plan to move (two more children and four year later) that those plans would be tinged with a touch of sadness. This little home is full of fun memories and life lessons.
Learned I am Learning from Our Little Home
- God gives grace for each day. Looking back, I don’t know how I would have handled knowing we’d live here for four years. Probably not very well. But God gives grace for each day, not the next four years!
- Perspective is vital. One day (when I happened to be wishing for a bigger home) my then three-year-old daughter came up to me and said, “I love our house. Don’t you? It’s SO big!” Compared to many in the world, our home is big. Compared to what we need, our home is big. Learning to see it that way, makes it feel much bigger.
- Look for ways to make what you have work. The kitchen was the tightest spot. We could barely squeeze a table and three chairs into the corner. But when our first year lease expired and we decided to stay another year, we had to get creative. We removed an unnecessary portable dishwasher and pushed the table against the wall. Joshua added two rows of shelves. Now, even with three children in the kitchen instead of one, it feels bigger and works.
- Wherever you are, someone else would gladly trade. Recently, Josh and I had an acquaintance over for lunch. After looking around the kitchen he said, “Oh! I sure love this kitchen. I hope that next year I can afford to move into a similar home.”
- Short-term sacrifice pays off. The temptation to move was strong, but we had a goal in mind: keep student loans as low as possible and pay them off quickly! We don’t know what the future holds, but can follow wherever God leads without the burden of student loans thanks to living in this little home.
- Embrace where God has you today. While dreaming of the future is fun, God placed us here, in the present, for a purpose. “Be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5) Whether in a mansion or college apartment, God has promised to not leave His children. That’s reason enough to embrace where He has us!
What about you? Do you (or did you) live in a small place? What lessons did you learn through it?
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