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“Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalm 37: 3 – 4
Oh my soul, the struggles I’ve had with contentment.
The Lord has gone round and round with me on this and I’m so thankful to have a much better perspective – always room for improvement – but much healthier! My guess is that you’ve struggled with contentment in some way or another, too. Maybe the reason for your struggle is different – unrealistic standards, past disappointment, or tapping from the wrong source – but contentment is something that can be extremely tough to learn. Discontent can manifest itself in just about every area of life: marriage, occupation, ministry – anything! What’s crazy is that the best solution always seems to be the simplest – lean into the Lord. Learning how to do that is another story which is why we’ll spend the next month doing so.
My struggle with discontent has shown up periodically my whole life – in phases where I was distant from God and in phases where I wasn’t. I first started experiencing it when I was in my pre-teens and I realized that my body didn’t look like some of the other girls. This struggle was with me all throughout junior high, high school, and part of college. It took me literally years to become comfortable with myself and what a journey that was – more on that later this month. Discontent has also reared its very ugly head in my marriage. I put really high standards on myself and have struggled to not to that to Ryan. Ryan is super gracious and we can both see when I begin to fall into that pattern and y’all – it’s almost always when I’m not investing my time and identity into the Lord. Isn’t it wild how simple the solution is and yet how hard it can be to just do it?
I took me years to realize the power of a content heart and how the fruits produced by it were immeasurably more incredible than the things that made me “happy.” It took me years to realize that by having a heart full of confidence, that you actually have a heart bursting with confidence.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” 1 Timothy 6:6
So for the month of February, we’re going to look to scripture to learn what God says about contentment and how to have a truly content heart. We’re going to hear from a guest whom I truly adore and admire and I’m going to share my struggle with contentment and explore practical ways to find true contentment in all things marriage, body image, and circumstances.
I hope you’ll join me this month – I know it’s going to be a great one for you!