Wednesday, 4 May 2016

That Elusive thing .... Contentment!

It is a challenge isn't it?  To be content in all circumstances!  Not an easy one for me but one has to keep trying.  I think we feel that a certain circumstance demands discontentment because to be content, means we have accepted a wrong or unhappy place to be.  And that is not so!


Content in all things means trust, and faith, in God.  It means that despite what we are going through, despite how we feel, despite how things look, HE IS IN CONTROL!  Contentment in all things reflects an understanding of that.  However, being that we are emotional beings, it is not always easy to rest in that truth.  It takes practice!  It takes patience with ourselves mostly, and it takes faith, to stand in the face of those circumstances, content!

I do believe though that one can practice being discontent by not being happy with what we have and that is something we CAN work on.  We need to be happy, content, with where we stand in life and with what we have and if all we think we have is the breath we breathe, that is a great place to start.  I believe that contentment works hand in hand with thankfulness, which stems from humility, which stems from knowing that our God is the head of  and creator of us, and that He cares for and longs for us to know Him and He longs to bless us too.

Phil 4 v 11:  Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. (italics mine)

Even Paul, who is a great example of fighting the good fight, needed to LEARN contentment!

So, as I call on you to link up on Winsome Wednesday Bloghop today, be encouraged that contentment is a place you can get to.  It takes practice, faith and thankfulness.  We can do it!

God bless
Tracy



22 comments:

  1. Great lesson Tracy. Thank you so much. Sharing with you this quote:

    "If the sun of God's countenance shine upon me, I may well be content to be wet with the rain of affliction."

    - Joseph Hall


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    1. HI Jedidja, what a great quote, thanks for sharing it.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  2. It is a challenge to choose to focus on contentment. It is so frustrating when people just focus on discontent and live life half empty! Thanks for coming by - I thought you had taken time off. So glad you are here!

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    1. Hi Mary-Leigh, I've been ticking along quietly :)
      God bless

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  3. Great reminder that contentment can be learned. Time to go back to school ...

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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    1. Hi Glenda, yes, it is something we CAN practice :)
      God bless

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  4. Ohhhh Tracy. What a word for me today!! What a challenge it ( contentment) has been for me lately. Thank you for a great post and such encouragment. God bless you my precious friend!! xoxo

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    1. Hi Stacey, contentment is challenging but so possible. It is certainly an act of one's will.
      God bless my friend

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    1. Hi Marja, yes in all circumstances. Wouldn't it be great to actually be content in all?! Something to attain to.
      God bless

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  6. Yes, having a thankful spirit leads to contentment! Being content is something that takes practice and the Lord will give us contentment if we ask Him for help. Tracy, I'm so glad you found Thankful Thursdays and linked up. I hope to see you again next week.

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    1. Hi Lori, I too am thankful I have found your blog. Look forward to your next post :)
      God bless

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  7. An old pastor of mine once said that contentment meant not wanting what you don't have, but wanting what you do have. I think Paul said it best:

    "...for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,c who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:11-14, NLT)

    May we learn the lesson well.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I love that, wanting what you have! Its a great challenge and a great lesson.
      God bless

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  8. Yes, contentment can be difficult to have, especially in today's culture. Of course, there are different forms of contentment. I have learned to be content with very little material things in life. But, more importantly for me is learning to be content when relationships aren't as close as I would like them to be, or when a loved one isn't living for the Lord. I tend to let my circumstances control how content I am. But, like you said, content means trusting that "God is in control".
    Blessings, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds - http://christintheclouds.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Ann, you are so right. I am definitely battling with contentment with regards to relationships. Very wise comment. I need to look into that!
      God bless

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  9. Despite what our emotions tell us, we can turn and trust in Jesus to calm us down. Often we are not content because we are 'selfish' and want more. When we can learn to be happy with what we have and also happy for others who may have more than us - - we have passed the "test." We have gained contentment. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Hi Hazel, thanks for always coming over to comment. I appreciate it :)
      God bless

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  10. When I read your saying about the dog owns nothing - - I thought of our two dogs who think they own Robert and me. LOL

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    1. Lol, my furry family too, they certainly think all is theirs.
      God bless

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