Day 117: Content (April 27)

The winter has been long this year.  It has seemed as though winter and spring have been in a tug of war and the winner has yet to be decided, but we all know that spring will eventually come.  I’m not quite sure why we get worked up about it, year after year.  It’s always the same.  And then spring with it’s glory will come, followed by summer, and once again many people will moan and groan of it’s heat and how it feels like it will never end.  And those complaining will be the exact same people who complained that it wasn’t getting warm soon enough.  Does any of this resonate with you?

I feel that we struggle with contentment.

We seem to be so focused on the don’t haves and the wants in life, and not enough on the gratitudes and gratefuls.  Some of this problem (in my opinion) stems from busyness.  We are so busy and constantly doing, we have forgotten the art of rest and taking a breath.  Since we are always bustling from one activity to another we are only aware of what causes us inconvenience.  We struggle to find a few quiet moments in the morning to center ourselves and start from a foundation of thankfulness.  But I guarantee if you begin to take the first 10-15 minutes of your morning, and lay your phone and daily agenda aside, and simply breathe deep breaths and focus your heart on Jesus and the many blessings in your life then you will begin to be transformed into a more grateful person.

It’s a small rudder that turns a ship and it’s a small investment of time and energy that can transform your mindset.  This is so true.

Let’s stop this devotional early today so you can take a moment to readjust your mindset before you take on this new glorious day!  Breathe in the love and affection of the Father and breathe out peace and gratitude around you.  I pray today you will become more aware of all the goodness surrounding you.  I also encourage you to make it a point to speak encouraging words today.  Set it in your heart and mind to find good things in this day and then speak praises out loud about those things.  When we bring a heart concept into our thinking and then release into the earth through our mouths, things begin to truly shift.

God is good.  Say that out loud, “God is good”.  He really is, friend.  He really is.

Now go find the gold in today.  Let your light shine through the encouragement you speak into this day and those around you.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  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.  Philippians 4:11-13

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  1 Timothy 6:6-8

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