Did this speak to you like it did to me? Over and over again I must ask myself, what do I "tie" my happiness too? I so want to learn to be content with what He has given me, allowed me to have, allotted me in this life. As I see what is going on in the world around us I find myself ever so thankful for our humble house on the hill, the dated car left to me by my dad and a job that meets our budget each month.
A few years ago we were forced to "size down". We sold our large, custom home on acreage with a quality horse facility. We sized down our horses, moved here with six. The last thing I surrendered was my garage door opener. I now park outside and scrape the snow and ice off, start the car at least 15 minutes before I have to leave.
We have slowly said goodbye to more horses and now waiting for the last mare to be sold. I owned her dam and so have raised her from birth. I will sort through my remaining tack soon to prepare for a "tack sale". I wll caress my new saddle and smell in the leather, probably shed a few tears. But truly, I want my "joy" to be tied to Him.
I will find peace in contentment in that which He allows me. Not that having the horses was bad, neither is the food I consume. I placed my whole being in those horses. I spent every possible moment I could, training, riding, hauling and showing horses.
God has been gracious as He has slowly, lovingly allowed me to open my hands and let go of the reins. I have replaced the leather of the bridle for the leather of my Bible and oh what peace that floods my soul.
I want to learn to "remain" in Him that my joy may be complete.