Content in a World of Discontentment

Photo by Hannah Olinger

Photo by Hannah Olinger

Do you ever find that once you have something you’ve been longing for the contentment that you expected eludes you? Maybe you’ve worked hard to achieve some status or paycheck that you just knew would satisfy you only to gain it and not feel satisfied or content. We all do!

For so long all I could think about was being able to work from home. Three and a half years ago that dream of mine came true. And I am SO GRATEFUL! But I find myself, from time to time, being discontent with it. Now sometimes I think, “If only I were retired”! What! Hold on just a minute! I work from H O M E. Shouldn’t that be enough? Yes, it should. And most of the time, it is. But you get my point, right?

As humans, we all struggle with discontentment at some point. Our goal should be like that of the Apostle Paul who said,

…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. Phil 4:11 ESV

Easier said than done! But with Christ we can be content whatever our circumstances. The only way we are going to live in a state of contentment is to trust in Christ. We have to rest in Him.

Yes, there are times, I believe, Jesus causes us to feel an unrest when He is leading us to do something that is out of our comfort zone. But I’m talking about being content with who we are in Christ and with what we have in this world. If you’ve ever watched even one commercial, you know that the world system does not want you to be content.

You may ask, “Why is it important to be content?” My first response to that is an answer I heard often from my Mother. “Because God (Mom would say ‘I’) said so.” And my second response is this, we know that God loves us and wants His best for us. Knowing that and knowing His word teaches us that we should be content, we should want to be content. When we’re content, we can listen for His voice and His will. But when we are discontent, we are so busy trying to get more, be more or do more that we miss His voice and His will and we stay in a state of chaos. As believers, we are to be peacemakers. How can we be peacemakers when our lives are full of chaos from discontentment?

So if we are to live in contentment in a world of discontent, what are we to do?

  • Know you are His

  • Know that He loves you

  • Trust Jesus with today and tomorrow

  • Be obedient to His word and His call

  • Rest in the fact that there is NOTHING you can do to make Jesus love you less or more. You are enough because Jesus saved you.

So from today forward show the world that you CAN and WILL be content in a world of discontentment!

Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

photo by Paul M at unsplash.com

photo by Paul M at unsplash.com

Do you want 2019 to be your best year yet? I sure do! And I know of one sure fire way to make it the best ever. Want to know my secret?

Here it is…

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ephesians 5:20

Oh I could go into all the goal setting advice (which I’ve done in an earlier post), but the truth of the matter is to live gratefully giving thanks for all the things God has done for you! Like what you may ask?

I recently heard a story of this very thing. I’m not sure who the author of it is, so if you know, let me know.

Anyway, someone was telling a friend that he/she had nothing to be thankful for. The friend said, “I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s illness.” The person replied that his mother was not ill. The friend said, “Well, that’s good!…I’m so sorry that you lost your job.” The person answered that they had not lost their job. The friend said, “That’s great! I’m sorry your car broke down.” Exasperated, they replied that their car had not broken down. The friend smiled and patted the person’s shoulder and said, “Then I guess you have a lot for which to be thankful!

We know the moral of that story is that all of us really do have so much for which to be thankful! Even in what seems to be the worst of times, we still have so much for which to be grateful. God blesses us all the time, but we often take His blessing for granted.

Truth be told, if God did nothing - NO THING! - for us except save us we have more than enough for which to be thankful and grateful for the rest of our lives. Wouldn’t you agree? Yet, we often lose track of that and fail to see just what we do have.

So this year, 2019, I am challenging you to write 1 thing down every single day that you are grateful for. If you can’t think of anything, here are just a few that you can repeat if needed:

  • Salvation

  • life

  • breath

  • family

  • friends

Grab a jar from around the house and put slips of paper by it. EVERY DAY add one slip of paper into it that lists just one thing for which you are thankful. You’ll be amazed!

Comment below of things you are thankful for and /or ways you express your gratitude!

7 Steps to Launching a Tremendous New Year

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photo by bruno nascimento-

Can you believe 2019 is right around the corner? Neither can I! Time sure flies (whether you’re having fun or not).

I was recently reminded of some words of wisdom particularly when you are looking at a daunting goal. Start working on that daunting goal even if it takes years to accomplish. After all, the time will go by anyway.

That’s so true, isn’t it? So, let’s make 2019 a tremendous year!

7 Steps to Launching a Tremendous New Year

  1. Decide what it is that you want.

    That may sound pretty elementary, but you’ll never reach a goal unless you know exactly what it is that you want.

    Get a clear vision. Picture it; write it down; be very specific.

  2. Eat healthy.

    This is not about dieting. It’s about fueling your body to be the best it can be. The only way to leave sluggishness and fatigue behind is to feed your physical body healthy foods.

    Develop the mindset of “eating to live” rather than “living to eat”.

  3. Move your body.

    I wish I could tell you that the human body doesn’t need exercise, but it does. We don’t have to train for a marathon but we do have to move.

    Depending on where you are physically, start making small changes to get you moving. Walk more, take the stairs, start a stretching program; just do more than you are doing now.

    Getting our body more physically fit gives us more energy and stimulates our endorphins making us happier beings.

    (You should see your doctor before starting an exercise program.)

  4. Set realistic goals.

    Yes, we do want to stretch for our goals, but we are also motivated by achievement, so be realistic.

    There’s no way one will lose 100 pounds in a month so don’t set that type of goal. You can lose 2- 5 pounds in a month; that’s a realistic goal.

  5. Break your goal down into action steps.

    How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

    Goals are the same way. We can’t just say that we are going to lose “X” number of pounds without an action plan.

    Decide how you are going to do that. Eating a certain number of calories per day, exercising, using portion sizes, meal planning and the action steps can go on.

  6. Track your progress.

    I had a boss once who always said “What is expected must be inspected to make it happen.” He was absolutely right!

    If weight loss is your goal, track your progress. Track what you eat each day. Track how much you move each day. And lastly, track the scales, but once a week or once a month is usually best. Daily weighing often sabotages weight loss because our weight naturally fluctuates daily.

  7. Practice gratitude.

    This should probably be the first on the list. So often we forget that we have much for which to be grateful.

    I recommend this practice whether you set goals or not. Gratitude alone is a great way to improve every year, month, week and day!

    Makes this a DAILY HABIT! It will change your life.

I’m looking forward to the new year! I hope you are, too. Some people break their annual goals into quarterly and/or month goals to better track their progress and determine their action steps. Do what works for you!

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Comment below on what works for you!

- Wendy

Gentleness - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 9

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5:22-23

I don’t know what you think of when you think of gentleness. There are a couple of people that come to mind for me, but I don’t want to put them on the spot and embarrass them. So in an effort to relate to most folks, I’d like for you to think back to the very first newborn baby you ever held.

Remember the gentle way you received them from the person handing them to you. You held them with both hands carefully supporting their precious head. You took such care to be “gentle” with the newborn.

That is the fruit the Holy Spirit is developing in every believer. Some of us need more work in that area of fruit than other, but we are all growing in that attribute.

I’m studying in the Old Testament right now and sometimes it seems our Lord was very harsh, yet throughout the judgement and discipline He demonstrates, He also demonstrates gentleness with His people and with some foreigners who trust Him. (Rahab and Ruth come to mind.)