Archive for Thankfulness

A Newsy, Political-free Post

This is going to be newsy because I haven’t had much time to blog in a while. I’m staying off-line for the most part because of the drama/hate/turmoil of the election. It breaks my heart to see the lows of humanity and the fact that #rapeMelania is trending on Twitter makes me realize just how broken we are and how much people need the Lord.

So if I’ve been quiet and slow with answering email and messages, that’s the reason.

On the home front, the cranberry harvest is over and I’m in full holiday mode.

img_4561 In the span of one week, we’ll celebrate three birthdays (Peter, Holly, and Little B) and host Thanksgiving. Matt is flying home and I’m so thankful to have a few days with him. Plus we started construction on our home to repair the water damage from a few winters ago.

What I’ve been up to:

Crafts::

I’ve been decorating (frugally) for fall. I wanted a few little accents for Thanksgiving. I painted this old picture frame and gave it a chalk board insert for fall. (I used Olde Century Paint in Pearwood.)

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Also, I wanted a natural wood sign like you see everywhere, so I decided to make one. In the process I realized that if you stain the wood, then seal it with glossy spray sealer, you can write on it with chalk marker and make it erasable like a chalkboard. I’ve made several of these sizes for the Christmas season and for my mantle. :)

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We had a craft night with some of the kids’ friends and made these little yarn hats to hang on the Christmas tree.

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Ministry::

Hospitality continues to be one of the biggest blessings of this season and I’m always amazed at how often God opens the door when I’m sensitive to His leading. Sharing burdens, encouragement, and common grace over a hot mug of tea or coffee, all while fulfilling God’s commands and the Great Commission. What’s not to love?

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Hospitality can be intimidating, but don’t shy away from it. Don’t confuse “entertaining” and “hospitality.” One focuses on the meal, the food, your performance; the other on the person, their need, and nurturing a growing relationship. We need other people and without the input of other believers, we believe our own “press” and don’t benefit from the truth that others speak into our lives.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

If you are nervous about extending hospitality, start with having someone in for tea. Use what you have. Don’t stress over having the best of everything. Most of my dishes are mish-mash and many are things I’ve picked up at second hand shops. They aren’t there to see your things, but to spend time with you, and to get to know Christ a little better through you, and vice-versa.

Mentoring::

I’ve been helping a younger mom who is having some struggles with her kids. In the process, I’m reminded that we so often believe the lie that proper parenting guarantees that your kids won’t make mistakes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m guilty of falling into this mindset as well. I can recall several times when our kids failed and instead of realizing that we are all sinners, I wondered where I went wrong. In my sleepless nights, I’d wondered if maybe I gave them too much leeway, or perhaps too many rules. Did I train them enough in righteousness or just give them all the dos and don’ts.

Friends, we are flawed parents who want to teach our kids the right way. But we can’t function from the mindset that our performance, wisdom, or righteousness is what “sures up” and sustains our family. We can’t measure success by an absence of sin because that is to deny what scripture teaches about all of us.

We are all sinners. You, me, everyone. So don’t be surprised when your kids mess up, and please, please, don’t shame them into thinking that they are in some special class of sinners because you are angry, embarrassed, or devastated by it.

We were never meant to parent as though it all depends on us or our performance. God is a God of grace: for you, me, and our kids.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do your job. Not at all. Do it with all your might. Heed Deuteronomy’s command to talk of God as you rise and sit and live and go your way with your kids. Teach them diligently. But don’t make perfection an idol. It’s an illusion. Make God the aim.

Meals::

I’ve been trying to save some money for Christmas, which means that I’ve been trying to do meals that are less expensive than normal. I’ve really enjoyed these frugal meals.

Quinoa Chili from Cooking Classy. My cousin, Susan, told me about this meatless chili that uses quinoa for protein. My kids even liked it. I served it topped with cheese, guacamole, and sour cream. YUM.

Shakshuska. I don’t even like eggs and I loved this. It’s inexpensive and so yummy. I served it with warm bread and lots of feta on top. Note: If you can’t eat eggs or just plain don’t like them, you could fry up some boneless skinless chicken breast slices in the oil (for protein) and then make the sauce as directed. It could be served over pasta, “fra diavalo” style.

Christmas:: My cards are almost done. Woot.

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Reading::

I’m currently reading through Colossians with Weirsbe’s Commentary and Dr. Constable’s notes , which are very helpful and free online.

Humble Roots is on sale right now for $7.73 (usually $12.99). If you haven’t read it, I’m going to be bossy and insist that you do. 😉 I’m giving it to a few friends for Christmas, it was THAT good.

Also, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is also on sale for $7.23 if you haven’t read that yet.

Articles I appreciated::

Steward the Gift God Has Assigned to You. “Our lives are not about pursuing our dreams. Many of our dreams are self-exalting pride fantasies and gratuitously selfish when we really examine them. And the truth is, we rarely know what’s best for us and what will really make us happy. But our Designer knows.

Mothering or Smothering our Adult Children Appreciated the wisdom of this older woman.

I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for and if we don’t praise the Lord, who will?

 

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Thoughts on Peace, Trials, and First Loves

There is an amazing peace that fills you when you love the Lord first and foremost. And conversely, there is unrest and inner turmoil when you don’t.

This week has been a strange one. We started with a wonderful Memorial Day celebration on Monday, followed by an ER trip for Matt on Tuesday, then news that my Grandmother is in her last stages of life on Wednesday, to a trip to the hand surgeon with Matt to discover he needs surgery on Thursday. These are just the “highlights”–of course this week has also been sprinkled with driving kids to summer jobs, visiting/caring for my grandmother, visiting with family, cooking, cleaning, phone calls and general life.

My grandparent's celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary yesterday. Love this pic of them.

My grandparent’s celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary yesterday. She was also put on hospice yesterday. Love this pic of them.

Not only does life come at you fast, it also gives us ups and downs at alarming rates. The funny thing is that even with ups and downs, God’s peace is absolutely amazing and unexplainable.

I was talking to a friend about this, about this eerily peaceful state that takes over in the middle of a crazy string of unexpected, life altering stuff like this.

Peace that tells you that God is here and near, that He’ll never leave you and that He’s working. The peace brings an awareness of God’s presence that is unusual and is a rare gift. “Lo, I am with you always.” I don’t need to fear.

Yet other times, when things are calm and normal, peace seems elusive. Why?

Peace has nothing to do with circumstances and everything to do with “first love.” Loving God first, knowing His character, and resting and embracing whatever He brings.

Obviously, knowing about God, knowing proper theology, adhering to a certain creed is not the same as knowing and loving God personally.

We make our own Christian lives hard, when we give a nod to Biblical teaching but don’t love Him as we should. Christianity becomes an exercise of the mind.

We find ourselves in a predictable pattern of…

stumble, trip, fall, fail, oops, did I just say that, did I just do that, how could I say that, how could I do that, guilt, discouragement, despair, try harder, read more, do more, study more, try more…

and on and on this pattern goes, because we’re trying to live a life of will without the love to propel it. Head knowledge, yes, but misplaced heart affections.

This is putting a band-aid on cancer instead of addressing the root issue which is our love. We’ve left our first love and have tried to play the part.

We lack victory because our heart and head are not in agreement. Our head says “A” but our heart tugs “B”. If our heart tugged “A” then our minds would quickly follow.

Love must come first. (Imagine this in a “loveless” marriage where the guy has read all the books and has tried all the tricks, but it’s clear by his daily life that there is no real love for his wife. He wouldn’t have to try so hard if his wife was truly the center of his affections.)

This is especially troublesome for those of us who were brought up in Christian homes. We’ve known Christianity from infancy, but knowledge of God cannot do what the love for God constrains us to do, which is obey.

For those who were raised in Christian homes, our minds know THINGS–BIBLICAL THINGS–but our hearts love other things. God won’t allow us to live in our own little tidy, spic-and-span, look-good-on-the-outside-because-we-dressed–up-for-church delusional worlds. God calls us on it. He calls our hearts for what they are: Your heart is “far from Me.” Far. Distant. Away.

Loving God with all of your heart is the primary thing. Trying to obey God without loving Him is putting the cart before the horse.

 

That’s why years of Christian education does not ensure a healthy, vibrant, thriving Christian walk. This is why pastors in the news can be charged with immorality and criminal behavior against children even though they know scripture inside and out. Their first love was not God and what He loved…it was some twisted, dark desire that ruled them and then ruined them. And that is why we, too, refuse to love that unlovely person, carry a grudge for years against another person, look at immorality on the screen, tell someone else off in an angry outburst, or overindulge the flesh to the point of addictions, even to the hurt and ruin of others around us, all the while donning a dress or tie on Sunday morning.

Who or What you love most rules you and determines what you’ll chase.

Our heart can be pursuing that one earthly thing, that small g-god, all the while our mental assent to a creed has not changed. Our mind affirms Biblical teaching, but our behavior betrays our heart.

When our heart’s true love is on earthly things…

for admiration, for love, for a change in health, for a new job, for a better set of in-laws, for a more understanding church, for an obedient child, for a positive pregnancy test, for a husband, for a new home or couch or car or whatever…

the desire controls us and we cannot love God as we should.

We need to pry our hearts off of temporal things and clasp on to loving God again as we should. First. Most. Only. Life is supposed to work that way. We are made for this.

Life is peace-filled and joy-filled when He truly is first in our affections. Our circumstances may not have changed, but He changes us! And suddenly, it is well with my soul.

 

Taking Time for Little Things

Have you ever been surprised by what makes your kids happy?

They’re excited by little things.

Soap bubbles galore while doing dishes.

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Animal sightings in the yard.

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$2 glow in the dark star stickers for the bedroom ceiling

Picking wildflowers.

Skipping rocks.

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Riding bikes, playing in the yard.

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Eating lunch on the back porch.

Swinging, climbing trees.

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Motherhood isn’t as hard as we make it. It we’d just maximize our own enthusiasm for life, our kids would surely follow suit, because they’re easy to please and enthralled by life.

Children catch your enthusiasm for life, mom. (Or they catch your complaining about life. They’re great mimickers.)

When did we get so busy that we no longer notice the sunset? When did we become so enthralled in the here and now that we miss little things, like bubbles, stars and people. How did life become so heavy that we fail to smile and choose joy?

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God…” is an attitude adjustment verse for me.

Being fully engaged with the little people all around you is a privilege. It’s no accident. You’re here to point them to Him. And if you’re too busy to notice them, their little interests, and enjoy life with them, then your job is going to be impossible.

If you are living life like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, relax! God’s in control. He’s spinning the planets and holding us all together.

Today, take time for little things. Give thanks. Make your thankfulness and enthusiasm for life contagious. Laughter begets laughter. Wonder begets wonder. And while you’re enjoying the little things with your little ones, remember to point them to the good and gracious God who gave us a the little things freely to enjoy. Everyday talk about God is often the most effective way to train hearts.

Have a great day!

Perfect Apple Pie {using an oil crust pastry}

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite apple pie recipes. I love this old recipe because it uses an oil crust which is simple to make. I’ve spoken to several old timers who told me that using an oil crust was a Depression Era thing. Regardless of why, this crust is never soggy and I love that about it.

This recipe is from one of my dearest friend’s mother’s recipe box. Anne and I have been friends since the tenth grade. She now lives on the west coast, and I on the east, so therein lies the problem. Visiting is rare and a special treat. A few years ago we got to spend a few days on Peaks Island, ME together and this summer we got to spend a day catching up while the kids played in my mom’s pool.

Now the weather’s cold and I’ve been baking her mom’s pie and anticipating my next visit over a cup of tea with Anne. :)

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Oil Pastry:

2 c. all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

5 T. cold water

Sprinkle of sugar to put on crust after it’s assembled.

Sift together flour and salt. Pour oil and water into measuring cup, but don’t stir. Add all at once to flour and salt mixture. Stir slightly with a fork. Form into 2 balls; flatten dough slightly. Roll each ball between two 12″ square pieces of wax paper. When dough is rolled into a circle to edges of paper, it will be the right thickness for the crust. Peel of the top sheet of waxed paper and fit the dough, paper side up into either an 8″ or 9″ pie plate. Peel off second sheet of waxed paper. Set crust aside. Roll second dough ball the same as the first. Set second crust aside.

Apple Filling:

6 c. tart apples, pared, cored and thinly sliced, about 6-8 apples

3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your pie and how tart your apples are

2 T all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt

2 T butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To make the filling, combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix with apples. Fill the dough lined pie plate with the apple mixture. Dot with 2 T butter. Add the top crust. Cut slits for steam to escape. Seal edges. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 50 minutes or until crust edges are golden brown. Enjoy!

 

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Are You Already Divorced Emotionally?

Studies say that half of Christian marriages will end in divorce. Half.

After being married for 22 years, I wish I could tell my own daughters and young Christian women that marriage is a piece of cake, that you figure it out as time goes on, that it gets easier, and if you just do X,Y and Z, you can avoid the pitfalls that other people fall into.

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I wish I could say that but it’s not true. Even in the best of marriages people struggle, sin being what it is.

We are sinful women married to sinful men. Our flesh wants its own way. We all want our own way, and we’ll fight to get it on the worst of days. That’s the landscape of every Christian marriage.

Marriage isn’t necessarily about making me happy. God did not put me into marriage with Peter to make me happy. Marriage is designed to make me holy. Like Christ my Savior. Yes, think sanctification. And sanctification does not happen in a vacuum. For me, the sanctification process starts when trouble comes and I make a choice: do right, or please myself. Demand my way or do life God’s way.

About 7 years into marriage you figure out that love is not like that glossy covered Amish book you read when you were a kid. The bonnet ripper. No, it’s really not.

Sometimes people are not heroic, and love does not swell up like an emotional tidal wave ready to carry you to the ends of the earth. And doubt sets in and we begin to entertain the thoughts:

  • Did I marry the wrong person?
  • Would I have been happier with so and so?
  • Are we not compatible? Why aren’t we on the same page?
  • He’ll never understand me.

And those thoughts are tucked quietly into the corner of our hearts, taking root,  strengthening without our even realizing.

Divorce doesn’t just happen one fine day. It starts in the seat of our inner man, our mind. We believe the lie that we’d be happier somewhere else with someone else. We begin detaching emotionally, creating walls, barriers, and hardness of heart. An emotional divorce.

Actions are always preceded by thought. What you dwell on is who you become.

A good marriage is tough, because loving someone more than you love yourself is tough. It’s even tougher when our view of love is skewed or hollywood-esque.

Christian women need to realize that

Sometimes love looks like working 15 hours a day just to pay the bills, coming home exhausted with nothing left to give. Guys show love by doing their duty to provide for their families.

So, before you judge him too harshly and complain that he doesn’t take you out to eat or bring you home roses, or that your love life doesn’t seem connected or emotional right now,

before you put mental energy into a thought pattern that will lead you somewhere…

think about all that he does do and love him for it. Find the one thing he does really well and dwell on that. 

Your man was never meant to meet all your emotional needs. Only God can fill that void for us. He was never meant to be your savior.

Love him first. Do good to him first. And keep doing it, even if he has nothing left to give you right now. And don’t compare your love life to the cover of a harlequin romance novel, or even to the more wholesome dreamy Amish love novels. Comparison, in any area of life, breeds discontentment. 

Discontentment is such an ugly sin. It’s the opposite of thankfulness. An ungrateful heart believes they deserve more than what they have. Always something more. It’s like a poison, ruining current happiness. It can never see the good right in front of them.

A grateful person is a loving person who seeks to gratify and bless others, while an ungrateful person is bent on gratifying himself.

One of the most common end results of ingratitude is the sin of moral impurity. The man or woman who is not thankful for the way God has met his or her needs easily begins to falsely accuse and find fault with our good God. In rejecting the provision God has already made, the ungrateful person is only one small step away from seeking to get his needs met in illegitimate ways. 

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

The bottom line is that we choose to be content in marriage. We choose joy where we are. Love is a choice. It is. I know the world says it’s a feeling and that if you don’t feel that way with one person you should move on until you are happy. But that’s not what Biblical marriage looks like.

Marriage is a picture of Christ and the church–>Christ giving sacrificially even when the “bride”/church is undeserving and bride responds in loving allegiance and respect.

It’s a choice.

So, today, choose

  • To love first, most and longest.
  • To build up your house and not tear it down.
  • To use your words with wisdom. Proverbs says that a wise woman’s words are like a fountain of water in a dry desert. Refreshing!
  • Choose a soft answer. Remember, Lady Folly is LOUD(!!) and in your face.
  • To guard your heart with all diligence! You you aren’t immune because you claim a certain Christian creed.*
  • To do good, especially to your husband.
  • Choose thankfulness. Don’t compare.
  • Saturate yourself in God’s word. Only He can fill the void in your heart.
  • Don’t allow yourself to envision life “divorced.” Don’t go there.

And remember that our thoughts always have consequences. They’ll take you on a ride. But you can choose which ride to get on and which ride to get off.

 

 

*I realize that marriage is a two way street and that you are not responsible for the sins of others. This article is written so that Christian women can evaluate their own lives. We can only worry about doing right ourselves. I realize that this does not guarantee that your husband won’t sin and hurt you.

 

Give One Thing More- A Grateful Heart

photo credit: Country Living

“Thou that hast given so much to me,

Give one thing more–a grateful heart:

Not thankful when it pleaseth me,

As if thy blessings had spare days,

But such a heart whose Pulse may be

Thy Praise.”

~~George Herbert
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More Housekeeping {AHEM} and a challenge.

So yesterday I told you how I do not do it all. here  And I still got email!

So, I just want to explain. On the days when we do “crafts” for Christmas, that is pretty much all we do. Oh, we make our beds and do the basic subjects, but that is it. No laundry, no dusting, no cooking.  Something HAS to give. So, I’ll order pizza for supper or do sandwiches. Something easy. You simply cannot do everything!

[side note: DO THESE FUN THINGS WITH YOUR KIDS! This is the first year ever that Rebekah is not here to make Christmas Tags with us and I feel like crying! The laundry can be caught up, but your kids grow at lightning speeds! Do the fun things and make memories with your kids. You won’t ever regret it!]

And, this is NOT  false humility.  False humility is putting yourself down, in order to look “humble.” (weird!)  Humility is “not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Okay? This is real life.

Yesterday, my friend Nicole sent me some pics of the start of her son’s Thankfulness Tree:

Nicole and her sweet family!

Anthony showing off his hand.

So sweet. Anthony is thankful for his hand!

This one made me fill with tears! So sweet!

I was asked to write a guest post on thankfulness (it will be up on Friday) and I realized that I am not doing so hot in the thankfulness department. Oh, I think I am a thankful person, but when held up to the standard of God’s word and its command “in everything give thanks” and “giving thanks always for all things”– it hits me that I am still only thankful for the good and pleasant. I struggle with being thankful for the the bad and unwanted.  In everything and always–those are  100% of the time words. So, I have some work to do in this area. I am pinning up Romans 8:28 today, to remind myself that “We know that all things [even the horrible, unwanted, unasked for, unjust things] work together for good, for those who love God…”

God has a purpose in it all, and I need to receive it with gratitude.

How about you? Are you at 100%-er in this area? If so, share your thoughts in the comments! :)

Are you making a Thankfulness Tree? What other great ideas do you have for teaching your kids thankfulness? Feel free to share in the comments section.

Free Gift: Grace

Sometimes when life gets hard, here we forget that the same gospel that rescued us is the gospel that makes living for God’s glory possible.

We were once under the curse of sin, and headed for destruction. But God intervened, rescued us and is now restoring us to look like his son and our Saviour, Jesus Christ and to make us useful for His kingdom.

Sin had done a number on us. We chose it, loved it and were  under its curse. Our  sin separated us from God. And we sought it. Knowingly.

Romans 1 tells us that we all start out with a knowledge of God. Then we digress. We become unthankful, unwise– though we think we are enlightened– and we become fools.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.”

We dreamed up a God of our own liking. Something that would fit what we wanted. This is different for every person. Some worship the earth, rocks, idols made of wood, money, etc. Whatever you are pursuing in your life wholeheartedly is your god.

And the scary thing is that God lets us make our own choice.

Pretty miserable place to be…

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us” intervened.

Jesus came to save us because we could not save ourselves.

No amount of good works, church attendance, feeding the poor, helping the homeless is going to help. Why? Because God makes the rules, and He said that grace is what saves us. Through faith in Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

Jesus said , “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

If God made all things, he has the final say. Period.

You may think this post unloving, but it is actually the epitome of love.

Imagine a friend who was dying of cancer, and she really believed that by sucking on a rock, she would be healed. Would you hem and haw and say “She really believesthat what she is doing is right. Who am I to say that chemotherapy is the way to go?”

No, that would be absurd. That would be living a fantasy. No matter how earnestly she believed that sucking a rock would help her, she would be wrong. And you could at least tell her about chemotherapy and hope she listened. The point is, you would warn someone you cared about if you believed that they were believing a lie.

It is the same with the gospel. It is a free gift. It is because of the amazing grace of God. It is ours because he loved us. That is just the way God is. But it is your choice. You can accept it or reject it. But, realize that your choices have eternal consequences.

Once you have trusted your soul to Christ for safekeeping, he will enable you to live for him. The same grace that saves you is available to help you to live each day for His glory. If your life is a mess of sin and despair, look to him for grace. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you ALWAYS having all sufficiency can abound to every good work.

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Satisfied?

Depending on your perspective, it is half empty or half full.

I have been meditating on contentment for a few weeks. Scripture tells us that godliness coupled with contentment is great gain, or worth so much. I have been so blessed to know other sisters in Christ that have less than I do, but have hearts of gratitude and contentment more so than I could ever imagine. They have a secret that I am fighting to get. Contentment.

I struggle with contentment as most of us probably do. But the thing that struck me lately is that I cannot be godly and discontent. Discontentment is unhappiness with what the Lord has provided. It is Satan’s age-old lie to me that I need more, I deserve more, I must.have. more. Satan wants us to believe that we don’t have enough. That God is withholding something from us. He gave that line to Eve, and he gives it to me.

But God tells me something totally different. He says that He will never withhold any good thing from me. He supplies all of my NEEDS.( REALITY SLAP: A Pottery Barn home is not a need. An Audi is not a need. Talbot’s clothing is not a need. You get what I am saying. Americans live in the top 97th percentile of wealth in the whole world- 97 of 100 people in the world live poorer than I do. , but there is always one thing more that I want when the catalogs pour into my mailbox. Just throw them away! I digress. :) )

I was talking with another woman in ministry this past week about contentment. We discussed how easy it is to be discontent when we feel like our “wants” are good, right things (family time, unity in ministry, loving spouse.) It is easy to become self-righteous in our desire for good things. Our desires are okay, but when our desire for  those good things morph into demands, look out. You are clenching your fist at God and saying “I need this, and you are withholding it. And I will fight to get it, ” instead of letting God teach you and perfect you through an obvious trial. Assess the situation and choose to count the trial as ” joy.”  (James 1 ) God is working. He is in control.

If you are purposing to be content, even in the “bad things”, we are journeying together. Let’s purpose to be satisfied in Christ alone and knowing Him.

Some quotes on contentment to feed your soul:

I Tim. 6:8 “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”

Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves; it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour; it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones. It is a sin that is its own parent. It arises not from the condition, but from the mind. As we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab discontent in a palace.

Matthew Henry

“Contentment is possible only as we cultivate and maintain that attitude of accepting everything which enters our lives as coming from the Hand of Him who is too wise to err, and too loving to cause one of His children a needless tear.”
– A.W. Pink


Gratitude

 

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Colossians 3: 15 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed your were called in one body. And  be  thankful.”

A thankful heart is peaceful and content. In it, Christ is ruling and Christ is enough. Thankfulness flows and peace abounds when Christ is the final goal.