contentment is a choice…

I read that this morning in one of my devotionals. I have to wholeheartedly agree. There is peace in contentment. I am all for peace. For the first time in many months, I am content with just being.

Philippians 4:11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to learn this lesson. I really hope I have indeed learned this lesson for the rest of my life. I know it shows a level of trust in God that I did not have before.

Being content allows me to rejoice in trials, annoyances, difficulties.  I find myself telling others and myself, Don’t worry. Everything will be okay. It will all work out, God has a plan, and really, really believing it.

James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Contentment allows me to get up and live moment by moment. Contentment allows me to be grateful for what I have. Contentment allows me to be free from trying to be anyone else. Contentment allows me to rest in the fact that God has everything under control. There is no chaos for him. My mistakes are no mistakes for him. There is nothing he can’t fix. There is no lesson lost.

This contentment is a gift from God that I gladly receive. God has restored order in my brain all through such a tiny gift. In the words of Johnny Nash, I can see clearly now the rain is gone.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

I thank God for how stormy my brain has been all my life! I rejoice for the chemical imbalance! If it weren’t for my brain being all weird, I wouldn’t know my Savior. Turns out, my messed up brain has been one of the best gifts of all!

His… Michelle

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2 thoughts on “contentment is a choice…

  1. Contentment was my “word” last year. God taught me a lot about being content. Just focusing on the word made me more aware of what I did have. I realized I didn’t need anything when I had God and the blessings He has blessed me with.

    That stormy brain sure helps you write some good posts. 🙂


  2. Contentment is a wonderful gift. It doesn’t just come automatically. You’re right. It is a choice. I love your conclusion about the blessing of your “messed up brain.” In many ways I believe we all have messed up brains. I had a wonderful example of contentment in my mother. She had very little of this world’s possessions, but she was always joyful and “content.” She knew what was important in this life and that was to live for the next life.
    Reading your posts is always a blessing for me.

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