|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 6, 2015 at 9:10 AM|
Well, here comes another day! A new day! What challenges and victories will become reality?
What joys and sorrows await? Am I prepared to grind it out, or will I tread lightly and with confidence?
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6
Yes, Lord, but.....here comes the big B-U-T ! Pretty words, even the most inspiring words, can be
so hard to put into action. There are bills to pay, work to do, taxes looming, and I just know the car won't pass inspection!
Do you ever feel like this? Is contentment just a fleeting dream?
Charles Swindoll shared this in his book, "The Finishing Touch""
Contentment is something we must learn. It isn't a trait we're born with. But the question is how?
In 1 Timothy 6 we find a couple of very practical answers to that question:
A current perspective on eternity: "For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either." (verse 7)
A simple acceptance of essentials: "And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content." (verse
Society's plan of attack is to create dissatisfacton, to convince us that we must be in a constant pursuit for something "out there" that is sure to bring us happiness. It is saying that contentment is impossible without striving for more.
God's Word offfers the exact opposite advice: Contentment never comes from externals. Never!"
From this, I gather that we must be careful of the many voices we hear and what things we choose to pursue. Are we being persuaded or deceived? Is there value in what we pursue, and does it please God?
That's why Paul's message in Philippians makes sense to me....talk to God about everything, then wait and listen and watch for the answer. Sometimes watch for the action that God brings about in your circumstances! Yes!
If we truly believe the power of God's Holy Spirit dwells within us and guides our lives, we can truly find our rest, and our contentment even in the midst of today's challenges. But, as with everything in our relationship with God, it's a choice. Choose well today, friends!
"Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans (thoughts) will be established." Proverbs 16:3
Thank you, Lord, for this reminder today, that as I bring everything before You, praying over the details of my life and those whom I love, you will give me a clear plan, clear thinking, working things out to give you all the glory, all the credit. My life is in your hands. My heart is at rest because of YOU! Amen.
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