I hit on this with a previous blog. This is so important. I had a couple hours until we get together with my mom and family to eat out. So I went to the back yard and sat on the tree swing and just thought about all that God has richly blessed us with. A roof, a mattress, air consitioners, great shower, clothes for any occasion, great friends and family, transportation, and so much more, even after the enormous sacrifice to save our souls. I am convinced that I am the richest little girl in the world. I just am. Sure, many people have more stuff but never seem content. Many have much less and are maybe content but struggling. I am content. And with thr Lord, even if I lose everything, I will still have Him and thus contentment. That is what makes me rich. God does. He owns everything good of eternal value. And He so richly pours it out on us. He is a good, good Father and I am so thankful for His rich grace toward me. I do not deserve it but it makes me want to deserve it so much. I am so thankful! 😄 ❤ ❤ ❤
Dissatisfaction is driven by envy and pride. A truly humble person is content. Why? Because they are pathetic and weak and deserve less? No, thr opposite. They are strong and trust in the Lord and have His peace and joy no matter what the circumstances are. They are not looking around for what they can get, they are looking up to their Savior who has given them eternal life and rewards and assurrance. God is a God of hope not stuff. Stuff is from the other guy. Of course stuff can be used for God but He generally builds our faith better by providing unexpectedly. Many missionary families, including mine, can attest to that a hundred times over. God satisfies. You have to accept His beautiful and eternal version of satisfaction, which looks pretty much opposite of the world’s. But amazing how gorgeous and joyful it is!😄❤
Only God can help strengthen us spiritually to the point of contentment in any circumstances or environments. That is a beautiful place for peace and joy to live together. I believe that is the true, deep definition of contentment: peace and joy present when a relationship with God matures. That is my working definition and let me tell you, this is a beautiful place to be.😄❤
Time flies. It used to only fly when you’re having fun but lately, it just flies no matter what. It is like everything is picking up its pace. All except one thing… the stillness of the nature God made when I am out in the country. I have been longing to be out in the country. I have wanted to be still with the Lord amidst His creation, feel His breath on me, just hang out and listen. I have wanted to talk less and liste more. I have wanted to just enjoy His creation, enjoy my kids, enjoy moments and remember them. And I pause. I schedule pauses. I embrace them instead of packing something else in. Ad I noticed that this practice causes me to be much more effective and efficient when doing my may tasks I still have to do. I am a better person. I am at peace, relaxed, joyful and content. I take things in stride as they come instead of forcing things. Inly eternal things matter and being still in God’s creation reminds me of that. Beautiful!😄❤
So, we are all still so grateful that God answered prayer and flicked Hurricane Dorian out to sea instead of bringing it to us as they originally thought and told us. And my gratefulness to God (and our two days off due to said storm prediction God changed) cased me to want to fix up tell hallway to the bathroom kids’ rooms. This hadn’t been loved on since we moved in and I initially painted it. So, I removed the n popcorn from the ceiling and painted it white, painted the trim (door frames and baseboards) white, and am building an art project with my daughter to hang up that will brighten the space and clean it up. And now it is a bright, clean, cheerful hallway rather than a junky, creepy one. And all this was from renewed energy stemming from my gratefulness to God for not giving us another hurricane.
And I realized that gratefulness promotes good stewardship of what God blessed us with. When we are grateful for what God has given us we want to take care of those treasures and blessings. It is a beautiful thing.❤