(Our honeymoon, San Diego Zoo, 2008)
"You are here". And how is "here" going for you? Are you happy with it? Do you want to be somewhere else? It's hard to answer because in many ways we are content, and in many ways we want a change. For example, are we content with where we live, or do we nit-pick every little thing we don't like,,,it's too small, it's too far from work, this room isn't the right color, my kitchen is too small. Or are we thankful that God's provided a home for us, to protect us, and in a country where we are given so much freedom?
I'm currently doing a study on being cultivating contentment and being the godly woman God desires. The book starts off with Edna's secret formula: Don't Compete, Don't Complain, Don't Compare. Women, do we not do this, even if it's with good intentions? What are some ways you Compete? "She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31: 26 How about Complaining? How much fun is it to be around someone that complains or just isn't very encouraging? Complaining can be in little things: I'm tired, we don't have money, the house is a mess, she's an overachiever. "Whiners neither enjoy nor give joy, But grace-filled people are reputable, sought after, and deeply loved." Patsy Clairmont. And, finally, we ladies like to Compare. We compare outfits, purses, home decor, our children(if you have any) and maybe even how involved we are in church. Goldilocks was searching for something that was "just right" We'll constantly be searching too unless we find our fulfillment in God. Ask God today to show you how to be content and happy with what He has given you.
I hope that you had a Merry Christmas. It wasn't a white one for us but we did get to spend some wonderful time with family.