Be Content Now

Day 4

When Now When Series

Be Content Now

The Problem: Not feeling satisfied with your season in life.

The Solution: God creates seasons in my life for me as I grow into His image.

You would think that as a Christian I would be content with the season of life that God has allowed me to be in. Although it is an honor to be a wife and a mother at times I haven’t always been content. Often times I have found myself comparing myself to other people that I admire and instead of feeling grateful and satisfied for what I have I would be longing to be in a position similar to theirs.

Comparing is a sure way to find yourself not content!

When I was in high school I wanted to date and never did. Then in my freshman year of college I still wanted to be able to go on a date. I began to feel like their was some flaw in me. If guys didn’t want to date me what was wrong. All my friends were dating. Am I a reject? I compared myself to everyone around me. I wasn’t content.

After being married I tried for two years to have a baby. All my friends were having children. Why couldn’t I? Am I not meant to be a mother?

Goodness it always seems as if the grass is greener on the other side. When I am around people that have similar desires as I do and they seem to be reaching the goals I want then I find myself malcontent and not appreciating the season of life that God has me in right now.

In my love to be the person God created me to be I lost sight of one thing. I lost sight on how to be content with the situation I was in.

Today my contentment level is much better than it use to be however at times I see myself comparing saying things like:

Her prayers are much better than mine.

She has so much talent. I wish I could be more like her.

Although I have everything I ever dreamed of I still find myself comparing my life to others and wishing I could be more like them.

So I tend to go into a downward spiral…..wishing that I could be better, finding that I am now putting myself down and finding fault in the littlest things. I am no longer content with who I am. I want more. I want to be better. I want to have it all. Be it all and do it all.

It is only when I am willing to give up my comparisons that I find I can be content with the situation that I am in.

Each season that I have been in good things take place. It may not have always been easy but there was positive things about those times of my life. If I spend all my time comparing  myself to others than I am loosing the precious time of the season that  I am in now. I am not enjoying the blessing of now.

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.

For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

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Transforming step: Do you have a person or a group of people that you are comparing yourself to? Make a list of their strengths and gifts and than make a list of your own strengths and gifts. What season are you wishing to be a part of? What season are you in right now? What is good about the season you are in? Write this all down and praise God for the blessings He has given you.

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Submit to the Lord Now

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As February is coming to a close, may you let go of any control issues you may have been dealing with along the way. May you shake off the need to fight back. May you instead wrap your self in His grace and love submitting to Him in all things. May you resist the Devil so that He will flee from you. May you not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind. May you embrace the will of God which is His perfect and acceptable plan for your life. May you be healed from your desire to control and may you abide in Christ completely. God bless you! The time to submit is now!

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Trust in the Lord Now

What I learned about Trust

Isn’t it interesting how some seasons of our lives just flash by with a blink of an eye and at other times it seems to drag on taking forever to get through?

Along the way though I have learned a few things about trust…..

  1. Having Faith in God is a vital necessity- faith and trust go hand in hand if you do not believe that God exists than you are not going to be able to trust Him to handle the circumstances you find yourself in.
  2. Trust involves complete surrender- if I am not able to completely put myself into God’s loving hands than I am not surrendered to Him. In order to trust in God I need to be surrendered to His decisions and plans for my life.
  3. Trust means not following your will but the will of the Holy Spirit- I need to be able to take a leap of faith and trust in God’s Holy Spirit to guide me along the way. I need to be aware of His leading and recognize His voice.
  4. I can’t partially trust God- I can’t pick and choose when I want to trust in God and when I am going to lean on my own understanding. I need to be totally committed to trusting God.
  5. Trust involves acknowledging Him- I need to be in a relationship with God acknowledging my desire to follow Him, acknowledging my need for Him and acknowledging that I am lost without Him.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and He will make YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT. Proverbs 3:5-6

The Time to trust is now!

Prayer Prompt Ask God to help you see Him as  your friend and help you trust in Him fully.

There is a Season for everything What Season are you in Now?

With Valentines behind us and Spring just around the corner, it is a good time to think of freshness and new starts.

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There is a time for everything. Scripture even tells of that there is a season for every activity under heaven.

Single

Dating

Engaged

Married

Parenthood

  • babies
  • toddlers
  • preschoolers
  • early elementary students
  • pre-teens
  • teenagers
  • college age students

Empty nester

Grandparent

New Job

Old Job

Retired

Please Read Ecclesiastes chapter 3….Solomon says it so much better than I ever could.

Is the Lord in charge of the season of life that you are in or are you?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Sometimes I think I want to control my circumstances. I want to solve any problem that comes my way, because I am a solution minded person. I have a strong will and I want things to get done in my time frame.

But my time frame may not be God’s.

Maybe instead of controlling my circumstances I should be allowing God to direct my steps.

I should be letting God solve the problems and I should follow His leading.

I should surrender my will and take time to just enjoy the season of life that I am in.

We can always look forward to the future and we can look back to the past with fond memories. But we really need to learn to just enjoy the season of life that we are in because it is in this season that we will be making new memories for our distant future.

Each day has a purpose of its own. Instead of rushing ahead or looking behind. Let’s live today to the best of our ability. Serving God and glorifying in Him. Knowing He holds all things in His hands.

Read Job 12:10

With God we can face anything

With God we continue forward

With God we are tenacious

With God we have renewed optimism

With God we get a leg up

With God we get perfection and meekness

With God there is no partiality

With God He redirects our road and grasps us with an everlasting grip so that we don’t plummet into a pessimistic life

Whatever your season…..Whatever time you find yourself in……Let’s Go with God. NOW.