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Contentment

August 27, 2014 by

contentment

I wonder how many of us are truly content with the lives we have.

How much time do we spend grumbling, complaining, and wishing our lives were different?

Do we lie awake at night with worry, or rely on a substance to get us through the day?

Do we let our circumstances determine our attitude?

For most of us, times are tough. Whether we are dealing issues surrounding health, finances, or relationships, life isn’t always easy.

Thankfully, we aren’t alone. We have a wonderful, loving God who has given us the tools we need to combat ingratitude, stress, anxiety, and disappointment with the things that come our way. He wants our hearts, thoughts, and words to be pure before Him. He has also given us the solutions to make that real in our lives. So when our frustration has brought us to the end of ourselves, let us look to Him for guidance.

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15 (NASB)

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
~Psalm 34:1 (ESV)

O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.
~1 Chronicles 16:34 (NASB)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. ~ Psalm 28:7 (NAS)

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name. ~Psalm 100:4 (NASB)

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. ~John 16:33 (NKJV)

When I am feeling less than content with my circumstances, there are a few things I do to change my heart so that it pleases the Lord. First, I pray and ask Him to help me.

Secondly, I turn to the Psalms. They are so full of praises and testimonies of God’s greatness that it is difficult to cling to an attitude of discontentment.

Thirdly, I grab my journal and write out the things I am thankful for. When I focus on the things I have, rather than the things I don’t, it changes my perspective and creates a spirit of thankfulness.

Lastly, we need to admit that a great deal of contentment is a choice we make. We can choose how to respond. We can choose in what light we want to see our lives. We can choose gratitude. We can choose Him.

I don’t know where I read this and cannot find who to credit, but I memorized it and recite it to myself when I know I need an attitude adjustment.

It convicts me every time:

WOW, right? Read that again, slowly, and let it sink in.

Let’s choose to focus on praising Him rather than dwelling on our circumstances.

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that You would help us, in the power of Your Holy Spirit, to choose gratitude. Help us to look not at what we are lacking, but to cherish the blessings You have given us. Let the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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This post first appeared on Simply Jesus Ministries and was shared on 7 Days Time3-D Lessons for Life, My Daily Walk in His Grace, and Missional Women.

What do you think? How have you learned to be content with the circumstances of your life? 

6 Responses to Contentment

  1. ~ linda

    “…that in Me you may have peace.” Amen. Praise can only uplift so I ask why I don’t praise more and struggle less. Thank you for building your words upon God’s and giving me food for my soul.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  2. Sharita ~7DaysTime (@7DaysTime)

    That is powerful, dear Heather. And incredibly true! I have struggled with worry/discontent in the past (ok, and still do sometimes.) But I co-lead a Bible study by Linda Dillow called “Calm My Anxious Heart” and she mentions many of the same points you shared.

    This is great stuff. Thanks for sharing this great stuff over at #EverydayJesus.

    PS: I love the idea of keeping a gratitude list. I started my 1000 gift list after reading Ann Voskamp’s book almost three years ago… Just the other day I rolled over 4000 “gifts!” It IS a perspective changer for sure.

    • Heather

      I think we all struggle with worry and discontent to some degree. I still keep my gratitude list after reading Ann’s book! Nothing changes your perspective like focusing on your blessings. Thanks for stopping by!

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