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.
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.