With the Lord’s help, I’m striving to practice Philippians 4:11,
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
God has blessed my life in countless ways. However, sometimes I lack the contentment I should have. Webster’s 1828 defines the word “content” as quiet; not disturbed; having a mind at peace; satisfied.
The word “satisfied” jumps out at me. Am I satisfied with my role as a Christian wife and mother? Am I wishing for time to do what I want? Am I lamenting the rigors of housework and homeschooling? Do I wish that I had the freedom to fill my day with fun projects or activities outside my home? Discontentment is a meek and quiet spirit robber!
I definitely need to cherish my family and embrace the responsibilities God has given me. I desire to be satisfied each and every day.
Susan over at ByGrace has an excellent post on the seasons of life. Here’s a quote from her:
Let me encourage you to embrace whatever season you are in right now. Let go and just revel in it! You’re newly married and want a baby? Enjoy the free time you have with your husband. You have 3 . . . 4 . . . 5 little ones who need you all the time? Play with those babies! Drink them in! Give yourself to them completely. You have teenagers? Enjoy these active years; get out and play with them, get to know their friends, fill your life with them. Do you have an empty nest? Make it a sweet nest for you and your husband! Act like newlyweds again. You have empty arms – no children, maybe no husband anymore, maybe still single after all your friends are married – God has a purpose for this season in your life. Find that purpose and embrace it.
I encourage you to read Susan’s entire post here.
I enjoyed reading your thoughts Mrs. C! And thank you for directing us to Susan’s post, it sounds really good…I’m headed there now. (o;
I have to learn to be content as well as we trust God with our day!
My heart is always home says
What a great post! I often scold myself for wanting this and that and sometimes trying to keep up with the “Jones” when deep down I know I am very blessed and need to count those blessings more often. I definately need to learn to be more content. ~Wendi
Sis. Julie says
You are the second lady to link to Sis. Susan’s post. She is down on my list so I’ll be stopping by there soon. Thanks!!