This was one of my favorite songs years ago. I haven’t heard it in ages. But today I was reading 1 Kings 7-8 about the building and dedication of Solomon’s temple.
And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. (Kings 8:10-11).
Oh that we could experience that level of worship again!
High Priest in the Holy of Holies, Under the Arms of the Cherubim
Since I have primary responsibility for my 94-year-old mom, I’m always interested in books on caregiving for the elderly. Kregel Publications has recently published a new addition to my stack. Take My Hand Again: A Faith-Based Guide for Helping Aging Parents by Nancy Parker Brummett is a gentle, encouraging book for caregivers. It is ideal for someone who has recently been thrust into this position and is looking for answers, or for an adult child who is looking ahead and realizing that Mom or Dad will need help in the near future.
Brummett uses short vignettes and examples to lighten the overwhelmingness of her information. She offers useful data, websites, and resources, as well as practical information that is grounded in both personal experience and excellent research. She doesn’t assume that all parents are alike, so offers a variety of solutions to the most common issues. The faith-based approach is present, but not off-putting if someone is not a Christian. The one thing that is missing is caring for parents with whom you don’t have a good relationship or parents who didn’t care for you. Throughout the book, she assumes that you had and have a good relationship with your parents and want to be helpful. If that isn’t your story, read the book anyway, and find the rest of what you need elsewhere.
For the rest of this month, Amazon is offering the book for $2.99—a huge savings over their usual price of $12.32.
Are you satisfied with where you are and what you’re doing? So many people aren’t. Single people want to be married. Married people wish they weren’t. If a job isn’t perfect, some people complain, threaten to quit, and sometimes even orchestrate their firing. They believe they will be happy when… And they can’t be happy unless…
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands (The Show Ponies) has a perfect line:
“You’ll never be where you want to be until you want to be where you are.”
Think about it. Instead of always wanting to be somewhere else, doing something else, being someone else, what if you were simply able to be content. Right where you are? To rejoice in being. Just who you are. Every day. What would it take for you?
Would you need to set aside your visions of what your life was supposed to look like? All too often we have our preconceived ideas about the course of our life, and when it doesn’t work out, we blame God. Or ourselves. Or someone else. We strive to accomplish our goals, even if they aren’t God’s goals. In the process, we drown in discontentment. We want to be anywhere other than where we are.
Try it. Just be where you are, and decide that you want to be there. Practice contentment and see what a difference it makes.