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Contentment

It was the summer of 2010 when I put my summer reading aside and began an in-depth study of Psalm 119. I studied to know God…love God more. 

Out of that study came twenty or so devotions I wrote. 

Psalm 119:17-24

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious, frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. Jeremiah Burroughs

Contentment can be defined as satisfaction, adequately happy, pleased, delighted, glad, cheerful, being at home, peaceful of mind, serene, at rest…you get the picture.

This definition of contentment is not mine but does paint a great picture of what my heart should look like.

Years past my goal had been to find contentment in where I lived, good friends and family living close, close meaning within a day’s drive. I wanted kids that didn’t fight or spill the milk at dinner. I wanted them to be perfect as I played the Holy Spirit in their lives often making them miserable along with their discontented mother. I wanted to find contentment in my marriage, my circumstances or friends who were always there for me. I was not living as a pilgrim as the psalmist says in verse 19

I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.

I was not delighting in the law of the Lord, making His decrees my counselors. Psalm 119:24

Discontented because I was focusing on the temporal things of this earth rather than first delighting in the Word of God, trusting Him first…I was not at rest.

Over many years God has been faithful to draw me to Himself on a daily basis as I wanted to be at peace and be a woman after God’s own heart and content, whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11-12)

Contentment can not be found in the circumstances but found in the Lord who is in the circumstances with you.

Content in the Lord even if the milk does get dumped all over the floor during dinner.

Lord, I am Yours

This month I am reading through the book of Luke in anticipation of celebrating the arrival of my Savior. Reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible I wasn’t very far into my reading when I came across Mary, who would soon become the mother of Jesus. She ran the gamut of emotions as the angel spoke to her. She was

  • a favored woman
  • deeply troubled by what she was hearing
  • was not to be afraid
  • was stunned by the fact she would soon be carrying a child knowing she had never been with a man

What I am most struck by is she did not waste anytime in responding to the angel. In the midst of raging emotions she simply said

I am the Lord’s slave. May it be done to me according to your word. (Luke 1:26-38)

Most other versions use the word bond-servant or servant of the Lord. 

Every time I read this passage I wonder what God saw in this very young woman to call her favored. And even when she was greatly troubled she didn’t take much time in responding to the angel. She wanted to serve the Lord.

Today and the rest of December I am praying

Oh Lord,

I give up all

my own plans and purposes,

all my own desires and hopes,

and

accept Thy will for my life.

I give myself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.

Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.

Use me as Thou wilt,

send me where Thou wilt,

work out Thy whole will in my life

at any cost, now and forever.

–Prayer of Betty Scott Stam copied into my Bible

Woman-Praying-With-Bible

Don’t Waste Your Life?

Another post from my archives as I am gone for the week. 

I wore this t-shirt recently when I did my exercising at a local walking path. Forgetting I had it on I was met with some strange looks, wondering why are they looking at my shirt. It only took a couple of glances my way to remember what I was wearing. I need a daily reminder that

“…my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is from God. I am not my own, for I was bought with a price, so glorify God in my body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am still working on what I would say if someone at the park asked me what this means.
It begins with two of my life verses:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 
1 Corinthians 10:31
and
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17
Am I making much of God in every aspect of my life?
Do I make much of God as a

  • wife
  • mother
  • daughter
  • in the workplace
  •  in my church and community

Not focusing on what Jody can do today, not doing things in my own strength. Not trusting in my to-do list of works righteousness, but in the righteousness of the blood of Jesus Christ. The price I was bought with was Jesus’ blood. There is nothing I can to do today to add anything to that price. It is because of God…rich in mercy…because of his GREAT love for me, when I was dead in my trespasses and sin, when I was his enemy, by the grace of God I am saved.

How do I make much of God today?
  • Seeing the many interruptions of my planned out day as opportunities to practice patience and humility.
  • Praising God for many inches of rain so I will have water to drink and food on my plate.
  • Taking the time out of my busy schedule to listen to a friend without trying to put my “two cents worth” into the conversation.
  • Not having the last word with my husband, again practicing gentleness, kindness, patience with my family when they rub me the wrong way.
  • Not gossiping with my neighbor about my husband or children.
  • Loving my neighbor as much as I love myself(my closest neighbor being my spouse or kids)
Minute by minute CHOICES to make much of God in every aspect of my life.
How do you make much of God?
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