Getting Serious About Contentment
Would you say you’re a contented woman?
Before you answer that question, maybe take a day to monitor how many times you register a complaint or find something to gripe about. I think one of the ugliest displays we can give is discontentment. Discontentment says I deserve more, bigger, and better! Discontentment looks at what God provides and finds reason to gripe and complain.
Remember a familiar story from a group that kept looking fondly back to the past (conveniently forgetting they were in slavery!) and ignoring the daily miracle poured out for them?
We can point the finger at these guys and shake our heads in disgust, but how often are we guilty of the same disposition? The “Beautifully Fierce Woman” is filled with gratitude for God’s good gifts. Her heart is ruled by the peace of contentment. And if you’re wondering how you get contentment, here are a few of my thoughts.
Contentment flows from a heart that’s settled the three most important issues of life:
He is sovereign and working all things out according to His plan.
I can trust His provision, His plans and His personal work in my life because He is trustworthy.
He is my greatest treasure. He is where my heart is; all my deepest longings are fulfilled in Him. He is my complete sufficiency and Who I most value.
When I sink deeply into those truths, I can be at rest and content with what He allows. I can cease striving. I can stop trying to control people and circumstances. I can stop manipulating and pressuring. I can find joy in the daily moments of my life, knowing each one is a gift from the Father and worthy of my gratitude.
I can rest in my love relationship with Him. And that is the heart of contentment.
How about joining me in monitoring our contentment level today?
Excerpt from Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior © 2012• Kimberly Wagner • Moody Publishers
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Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
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