Choosing Contentment

Mar 21, 2012

Hi all! Sorry about the missed posts last week. Getting our Internet set up in our apartment took a few more days than expected. I’m all set up now, so we can get back to our regularly scheduled program…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. ~ Philippians 4:11-13, NLT

Quick Sip

Contentment is so very hard for me! Especially now that our family is in limbo. Yes, LORD, I am so thankful you sold our house, but waiting to be settled again is so hard!

Reading these verses remind me that one, contentment is learned, and two, that it is through Christ. Not by my own strength. Thank goodness!

Long Drink

If I were to have written these verses they would read: I am slowly learning what it is to be content in Hawaii or Oklahoma, owning a house or in limbo, Jeremy with me or without him, sick kiddos or well kiddos, with sleep or without sleep. For I can do ALL things through Him who gives me strength.

Thank goodness it is a learning process. It removes the pressure to get it right the first time. But unfortunately, as I am learning now, contentment is a lesson learned in the field. And many days it is hard.

On the days that I am so worn out from being up all night with kiddos, dealing with a whiny 2 yr old, and unpacking our stuff into the apartment, it helps to remember the last part of those verses: “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” When I try to find strength in myself or circumstances, I fail miserably. I’m short with my kids. I’m harder on my husband. And I’m at war within myself.

But when I stop trying to be content on my own and rely on Christ’s strength, then the peace that eluded me before, finds me.

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