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. . .of blogging, but we are shaking and moving around here!
We have been trying to be very disciplined about school, and we are gearing up to graduate Elijah from Kindergarten and test him for readiness for first grade. Merry is growing in her artistic abilities, showing quite a creative and artistic bent. Micah is working on being toilet trained, so though we may not be blogging, we are busy nonetheless!
We have purchased Rod and Staff curriculum for Micah and Merry for preschool and Kindergarten for next school year, and also for Elijah starting on first grade next month most likely. We are using Math-U-See for him right now and LOOOOOVE it!! It is amazing how much he is learning and how much he enjoys it. I will use it for Merry for Kindergarten and continue in first grade with Elijah also.
Jeremy is doing well on school, he picked up an extra class in the winter term, making his total for the winter “break” 9 credits! He is trucking toward graduation and we are enjoying having him around more since his languages are done.
I have enjoyed reading “Marriage to a Difficult Man” about Sarah Edwards as Jeremy does his class on Jonathan Edwards. It has been good to read of the struggles of ministry at that time in history. I am blessed to be able to enjoy so many sweet and godly women as my friends here.
Please pray for us, that we would be know and be obedient to God’s call on our lives for ministry when we are done here, and that we would be faithful to serve Him here in the meantime. Please also pray for our children, that they would be given eyes to see their sin and a heart of faith to trust Jesus as the payment for that sin.
Filed under: Discipleship, Ministry | Tags: finding contentment, finding contentment in Christ, finding contentment in difficult situations, How to be content, what God says about contentment
At least for me, I have found so much of contentment to be about my heart. (See Part I and Part 2) However, in the end, God does call me to action in many instances, to battle contentment practically. If my perspective is in view of heaven and Christ and HIS work in and around me, I find the other stuff comes more easily. And when I’m thinking God’s thoughts, things tend to spiral more upward than the other direction.
Now for the nitty-gritty questions:
Am I. . .
12. Spending time daily with God? (and continuing to pray)
13. Doing what I can?
I’m talking practical here! Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, drinking enough water, are you seeking godly wisdom in working out the problem, if there is one, are you gathering regularly to worship God with other believers? If someone has offered suggestions or a solution, have you at least TRIED it?
14. Serving others selflessly and striving to become a better wife, mother, woman, etc?
1 Cor. 7:4-5, 34b 1 Cor. 7, Eph 5:10
15. Saying “no” to bitterness and resentment?
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31
If you are playing an event or situation over and over in your mind, or hoping something bad would happen to someone or in a certain circumstance, it is likely that you have let bitterness take root.
16. Exercising patience?
James 5:7-8, Psalm 37
Waiting is hard. Beg God for patience and start ACTING patient, even if you don’t feel it!
Please share other questions you ask yourself, or suggestions for battling contentment. . .these are only the musings of ONE woman wanting to walk in contentment with her God! May God grant us grace, discipline, and a heart of submission to the work HE is doing in us!
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Contentment is not simply an issue of perspective for me (though that is a huge part). It is largely an issue of thought. . .and how I handle my thoughts! Here are a few more questions I ask on days I struggle with contentment:
(numbers 1-6 can be found in an earlier blog here: Contentment Examination Part I – My Perspective
7. Am I controlling my thoughts?
(Phil 4:8) Am I thinking on truth about God, about HIS power over all that is happening? Am I dwelling on purity and things of good report, or am I thinking about all that is not the way I want?
8. Am I praying about it?
(James 1:5, James 5:13)
9. Is my attitude humble?
(Romans 12:3, Eph. 4:2-3)
10. Am I remembering that heaven and Christ are my greatest joys?
(Psalm 17:15, Phil. 3:7-11, 3:20-21)
11. Is my heart willing to let go of fantasies and embrace the REAL joys God has given me (in being a wife, mother, child of God, ___________ (insert the role I am struggling with)
(Consider Esther, Rachel, Leah and other women in scripture who had difficult life situations, but were used by God to further HIS kingdom)
May God see fit to use US to further HIS kingdom today as we think HIS thoughts and find deep contentment in being a part of God’s greater plan and glory
Some days I struggle with being content. One day it’s about a certain aspect of mommyhood, another day it’s about wifehood, womanhood, or just life in general. I become overambitious about changing my circumstances and I often try to find my own way out.
After a recent bout of discontentment, and a search of the scriptures, I made a list of questions (16 total, I’ll just share a few today) to ask myself the next time I’m feeling unhappy, “in a rut,” grouchy, unhappy, or any other word I use to describe my discontent heart.
1. Am I remembering that I am a sinner, living in a sinful world surrounded by sinful people?
(Isaiah 64:6-7 Ps. 51:5, Romans 5:8)
2. Have I removed idols in my life (an idol is something I will sin to get or sin if I don’t get)?
(Deuteronomy 32:16, James 4:1-2, Col 3:5 and 1 Cor. 10:14)
3. Have I been praying about the issue?
(James 1:5 and James 5:13)
4. Am I overlooking offenses (if needed)
(Proverbs 19:11 and Ephesians 4:2)
5. Am I speaking the truth (to myself, always, and to others if needed)
6. Have I submitted my heart to the sanctification God is doing in me through this circumstance?
1 Peter 1:6-9 says, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
“Joy inexpressible” is the part I’m asking God to help me figure out!! It’s coming, though, as I see the struggles as NECESSARY for my faith and worth the result: joy in the process, the salvation of my soul and God’s glory all along!