10.19.2011

{soul searching} ...being content.



I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12~13


Lord, I am so ungrateful.
I am so self-centered and greedy.
I think I deserve whatever it is that I want.
I am restless, anxious, fearful.
I am blind with desire.


Sometimes, when I catch myself pining over photos on hereor dream properties here, or reading about everyone else's "fabulous" lives...I know I need to take a step back. I have so much to be grateful for it would be overwhelming to list; an amazing husband, healthy families, a comfortable home to start

{Yes, I am eagerly hoping to find a job that I enjoy...soon! Yes, there are things we would love to change about our house.Yes, greater financial flexibility would certainly be welcomed.}

...find me a person who wouldn't want those things!
but it's not about what I want, I am called to be content, no matter what.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
   “Never will I leave you; 
   never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5


God's love for me doesn't depend on our bank accounts,
the neighborhood we live in, how I dress, or how clean our house is.

But I'm not obsessing over these things for God. 
I'm not doing any of it for him.
I'm doing it for me.

Today is about asking myself "is God in this?" 
"Am I serving the Lord with this?"

What if I used the time I spend job searching... praying about it? What if the time I spend getting dressed... became a time of worship? When I'm working on cleaning the house... I'm reflecting on my blessings?

God knew the world I would live in...
one where clothes, jobs, money, houses, chores
are part of everyday life.

But he doesn't say "worship me only after the house is spotless, your to-do list is done, emails are managed... or when you look good..."

In all. you. do.


Whatever you do, do it as though working for the Lord and not
for human matters.

Colossians 3:23






3 comments:

Amber Maheu said...

Thank you for sharing. Your post was a definite wake-up for me and I really appreciated it.

Erin said...

"Is God in this?" .......Amazing. I want to remember to ask myself this question every day. :)

Pier Days Blogger said...

A-M-E-N!!!!!