Honestly, staying at home after graduating from high school has been amazing. Sure, it’s had its ups and downs, but it has been the place where I’ve blossomed, grown, learned, and even had the opportunity of getting to start this crazy little thing they call a ‘blog.’ Little did I know, the road God would take me down, but every part has been WONDERFUL, because I just wouldn’t have learned the things I learned without each part.
I used to be ashamed that I was still living at home, because it seems like the thing to do was to graduate, go to college, and then get your own apartment.
I almost felt … lame as if I wan’t living up to the successful ideal that I should.
But what does God ask of me? Does He ask that I be successful?
Luke 10:25-28, ‘And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”’
But then I realized, in probably the past 5-10 years, that if you can stay at home with your family and have the opportunity to work for your dad/do a blog on the side, ‘seize the day’, as the Newsies would put it.
Cultural ideals don’t have to be my ideal. I can be different.
What have been the positives of staying home?
Getting Advice from my parents (Yet, they are never over riding or controlling. They always have a spirit of gentleness and wisdom)
Not having to pay apartment fees.
Contributing by cooking and baking to the family life (2 things which I LOVE!)
Participating in family bible time, prayer, and confessing your sin to your closest confidants.
Eating dinner on the porch with other people instead of alone.
I still don’t have my own car, because I work from home which has been a nice ++…
Not having to spend money on my own food (besides my peanut butter love and Perfect bar love), so I can buy things for the blog and invest more money in the ‘blog baby’ has been a blessing.
This is not for everybody. I’m not going to ‘cookie cutter’ it, because one size does not fit all. I love following along with my friends who are adulting in their own apartments, and I’m always learning from them and their experiences everyday including Ellie, Georgie, and Brie.
Right now, I’m just thankful that God has given me a strong spirit of contentment here, and I am thankful to have a job where I can use my gifts of:
Snapchatting… 😀 (Just kidding. My Snapchat is not that exciting.)
Social Media Interaction
I want to learn how to say this with Paul even more and more as I get older in Philippians 4:12, ‘I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.’
Wherever I am, my greatest desire is to be content and thankful, loving God and loving others.
With that, let’s pop into the Top 3’s with Kate. This is a good opportunity for us to wrap our thoughts up, organize them, and share the ups… downs… highs… lows and of course the BEST recovery food of the week!