This past month, I've been thinking a lot about contentment. It is something that I have always struggled with because I always seem to be looking ahead instead of staying in the present. Right now, with the house for sale, I can't help but think about the future - where we will live, what our days will be filled with, who we are becoming as parents of two year olds...and I can't help but feeling very discontent. One morning, when the girls were in Dothan a few weeks back, I spent some extra time praying about our current circumstances. The Lord revealed to me this verse from Philippians 4:12-13:
[quote]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 everything through him who gives me strength[/quote]
I can do everything through him who gives me strength....what power in that sentence. I can make it through any trial, any stressful circumstance, any spiritual battle...through him who gives me strength.
What I have learned and continuing to learn is that God is in control. Not me. I think my discontentment comes from my clinging to control. Problem is, since I'm not in control, I'm clinging to a rope that is not secure. So I spiral out of control; desperately trying to find a place to land safely. That place is not something that I created through my organization, or schedule, or idealized version of my life. My soft, safe landing can only be found when I submit control to Jesus and rely on him to give me strength.
I'm going to be sharing more about turning control into contentment on Tuesday, June 12th at 6 p.m. I'll be speaking at St. James UMC's Renew Bible Study and I am so tickled to share this message to a majority female audience. I believe that men have their own struggles with control but as women, we have an especially hard time giving over control when we are in charge of so many things for our husbands, homes, children, and our own obligations and responsibilities. It is an open event so I hope you can join us!
Till next time, let your light shine!
[box_light]Starting in June, I will begin a new devotion series each Wednesday for the summer called "Back Porch Wednesdays." Here, we will get to close our eyes, feel the warmth of the summer sun, and the gentle breeze of the ocean. We will be taken to a place of peace that will help us breathe a little easier. Won't you join me?
Spread the word about Back Porch Wednesdays to your friends on Facebook. We all need a get-away!