Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Finding Contentment in Difficulties

Contentment is a choice, not a spiritual mystery...
                                                     ... an act of faith.

Faith that God has given all that He wants for us to have at this present time. You ask why would god want me to be in the difficult situation that faces me now? or Why would God let our family suffer in these circumstances? or even Why would He neglect us?

So many times, we (I) waste precious moments asking God to change these circumstances believeing that happiness or contentment will follow, but what we don't see is that God uses these situations to prepare us to be better used by Him.

Can we ever change anything in our lives by desiring or even coveting it? Can a man who wants to be taller add an inch to his stature? Never. Yet we can be content by stepping out in faith and accepting what God has for us as He gives it to us each day. If we adjust our expectations to match HIS SUPPLY - contentment is sure to follow.

I have asked myself these questions this week...
  • Do I want more than I can have?
  • Do I ask for more than I need?
  • Do I strive for more than I can do?
  • Do I expect mroe than God promises?
Sadly, I had to say yes to some of these... I am praying that God will help me to expect only what HE GIVES... and thus experience true contentment.

The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places: yea, I have a goodly heritage. Ps 16:6

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Proverbs 30:8

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content. I Tim 6:6-8

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