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Discerning God's Will and contentment

on May 26, 2008

I feel led to write this.  I have been reading The Joyful Homeschooler by Mary Hood, Ph.D.  and thankfully I was given a blooger subscription to TEACH Magazine (To Encourage And Challenge Homemakers) where I am supposed to write about the magazine when I recieve the new issue.  I must admit I was neglect in that for the first issue I recieved and for that I apologize.  I must have been led by the Spirit as I was reading Chapter 5 in The Joyful Homeschooler titled "Learning to be Content and it just so happened that the Spring 2008 issue of TEACH Magazine theme is "Discerning God’s Will in Your Life".  Some may not see the connection but I do and I am coming more and more to fully realize that being content is also about listening to God’s will in your life and letting Him work on His time when He knows the best for me.  All the articles in the magazine spoke of listening and learning to and from God as He departs His knowledge to us through prayer and the Bible.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can rely on Christ to give us guidance and let us know when we really don’t need or it isn’t time for us to recieve a gift?  Philippians 4:11 says "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."  I really needed to hear this and let God work in me.  I have dealt with so many feelings lately of being un-content with my life, wether it be the fact that I am not pregnant (of course it’s on my terms I want to be pregnant),  our house is so small (624 square feet, if only I could have a bigger kitchen, two more rooms, another bathroom, a basement, in the country, a school room, etc), wishing everyone would just quit belittling our decisions (quiverfull, homeschooling, dresses only, headcovering, etc), wanting unlimited funds to buy homeschooling needs and wants, funds to support crafting endeavors, and of course lots of funds to be able to buy gas so I don’t have to limit my out of town driving and can go wherever I want whenever without having to wonder if we have the money for me to go.  I could go on, but after reading and knowing that I have been convicted in my spirit about being so discontented where I am in life I know that to feel this way is wrong.  For some reason, doesn’t Scripture talk about we know not the ways of the Lord, God wants us in a small house, He doesn’t want me pregnant right now, He could be making me stronger through trials of those ‘persecuting’ us for our beliefs, and limiting our funds for my wants as well as some of my needs will make me more reliant on Him instead of relying on money to solve the issues.  So while I still like to use Jeremiah 29:11 as a key verse for life I’d also like to use Philipians 4:11 to remember that no matter where I am I can be content where I am because I can lean on Him, the true Provider of all and He will bless me in His way, not the way I think He should.  Will it be hard, definitely yes, Jesus never promised the Way would be easy but His yoke is – so when the going gets tough and I start seeing all my friends, family and even strangers have and wishing I had more, I will keep in mind that I can be content where I am because I have Jesus and in Him I can rest and be CONTENT  Sounds peaceful doesn’t it?

 

God bless you.

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2 responses to “Discerning God's Will and contentment

  1. stillearning says:

    Well said. I'm learning about contentment too but in regards to time and my own desire to have this little one here already. 🙂 The Lord knows our needs.

    God bless, Pam

  2. Lightbearer says:

    I am so thankful that the Lord is leading you, Friend! He is truly. Just keep coming on your knees faithfully everyday, and surrending your spirit and will to Him, and he will make you content – and filled with peace, AND so much happier! Life will no longer seem so dim at times. May God continue to bless you.
    Nikki

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