"Be content with such things as ye have" (Hebrews 13:5b).

As much as I loved teaching my four children, I longed for certain desires while we homeschooled. Selfishly, I looked forward to uninterrupted nights of sleep, a neat house that stayed clean longer than five minutes, and a noise level in my home that was below 50 decibels. Now, 25 years later, the very things that were so important to me are mine in abundance. However, the empty nights seem long and uninteresting, the house sits empty all day and has no reason to be clean, and the quiet is agonizingly loud when I'm home alone. My foolish dreams of yesterday have come true, and I chastise myself for trading productive moments with my family for grumbling and complaining.

God gives us so much to be thankful for each day, but we choose to look past His blessings. Focusing our thoughts on illusive mirages of happiness, we think we know what will satisfy us best. We disregard God's provision and constant care and trade His blessings for future "if only's." Patiently, He waits for us to discover two important facts: He has already given us everything we need (Philippians 4:19), and He only can satisfy the longings of the soul (Psalm 107:9).

What about you? Are you content in following the Lord, or do you long for the "some days" of tomorrow? Dear one, please don't waste another moment chasing foolish dreams. The homeschool blessings God is giving you today are far greater than any dreams you may sacrifice and lay at the Master's feet. "Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light" (Psalm 37:4-6a).

Father, please forgive my ungrateful heart and help me see afresh all the blessings You faithfully provide. Cause my heart to rejoice instead of complain and realize I am serving You when I serve my family. In the name of Jesus, Amen.