Things Don’t Bring Contentment

Things Don’t Bring Contentment

    Monetary Things Don’t Bring Contentment     I have lived almost 100 years and seen electricity replace oil lamps, furnish refrigeration to preserve our food, power to wash our clothing, and to operate many other appliances which make our lives easier. Automobiles, trains, and airplanes have replaced the horse drawn buggy and wagon of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Then there came telephone, radio, television, and we marveled that we could receive messages and programs world wide. And I never dreamed during my lifetime I would be typing on a computer. With these and many other inventions, and …

Contentment Not Found in Success

Contentment Not Found in Success

  Contentment not Found in Success       Contentment is possible or Paul would not have advocated it. He wrote,” But godliness with contentment is great gain: for we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we will take nothing out. And having food and clothing, let us be content. But they who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare. and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” 1Timothy 6: 6-10a. It appears if one has the essentials …

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

Contentment is a Condition of the Heart

    Contentment is a Condition of the Heart     Paul was a man who knew the meaning of contentment, but he did not learn it overnight. While in prison, or his rented house at Rome, he wrote these words, “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 need, I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Philippians 4: 12-13. Paul was a wise man when …

Am I Wired for Contentment?

Am I Wired for Contentment?

    Am I Wired for Contentment?     At almost 100, sometimes I wonder if I shall ever reach the age when I will not have one more goal to achieve or one more project to complete before my life is over on earth. Is that wrong? Is my ambition misdirected? During my current inabilities is God trying to teach me the importance of resting in His arms of love and enjoying His presence? I’m not sure that I know the answers to those questions, but I believe my Father wants me to be faithful to the end and will give me …

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

Contentment Isn’t Mere Inactivity

    Contentment isn’t Mere Inactivity     Some have the misconception that elderly people are feeble individuals who exist from day to day waiting for the Death Angel to knock at their doors. That they arise in the morning, and if capable get dressed for the day, eat a light breakfast, then watch television until about eleven-thirty when a van comes to take them to the senior adult center for lunch and to play bingo and dominoes. Then about two o’clock the bus comes to take them home where they takes naps and then watches more television, eat a bowl of cereal and go to bed. What …

Laziness or Contentment

Laziness or Contentment

    Laziness or Contentment     I remember when my husband and I were planning to take early retirement because of my parents’ failing health, I had no idea of the plans God still had for my life. But God knew and equipped me to serve in some interesting and challenging ways. I’d spent thirty-two years in the teaching profession and have spent almost thirty-six years serving in other ways. Some may consider retirement as the time to take life easy; many however, feel as I now feel: that it is a time to perform other activities God has planned …

Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

Grace Defined and Unmerited Favor

      Grace Defined and Illustrated   Though God is the essence of Grace, we find the word grace used only once in the Old Testament.  In Psalm 45, which is said to be a wedding psalm for the director of music.  We read: “My heart is stirred by a noble theme…You are most excellent of men, and your lips have been anointed with grace.” So what is the writer really saying?  What did He mean by your lips have been anointed with grace?  This is just my thought, but the ability to speak and verbalize our thoughts is a gift …

God’s Grace Manifested

God’s Grace Manifested

      God’s Grace Manifested   Have you ever considered that it was out of Grace that God took a great void of nothing and formed the beautiful world in which we live? He took an empty, dark void of nothing and created the world. He separated water and land, night from day, and created the beautiful Garden of  Eden. Then when everything was completed, out of His grace, He created Adam in His Own image and placed him in the garden to keep it.  God realized Adam would be lonely without a companion; so He took a rib from Adam’s body …

God’s Grace Extended

God’s Grace Extended

    God’s Grace Extended     Except for God’s grace, He would have given up on sinful mankind, but through the lineage of Noah, Abraham was born and God promised that his descendants would be numerous as grains of sand on the seashore.  Coupled with God’s grace, Abraham’s faith made him a great servant of God.  Though he waited many years for God to give him the son He promised, he sinned by bearing a son by His wife’s handmaid, as Sarah suggested. But basically he was a great man. I admire Abraham: because it took courage to wait on God so many years for the son He had …

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

God’s Supreme Gift of Grace

    God’s Supreme Gift of Grace     “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him should never perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but so the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3: 16-17 What loving grace of our heavenly Father to allow His Son to come to earth, be born in a stable, be mistreated by man, and then die on the old rugged cross to pay for mankind’s sins: even those who nailed Him to the cross. …

God’s Grace Included Me

God’s Grace Included Me

    God’s Grace Included Me     Even before my conception God had a plan for my life: for while in my mother’s womb He used my father’s and mother’s genes and DNA and formed my body. I did not know that as a girl, and thought I was ugly. I remember my mother’s reminding me something could happen that would really affect my appearance. I realize that I am no beauty queen, but have learned to be rather satisfied with my appearance. Really beauty is only skin deep; it’s what is on the inside that is important. Also God had a plan for my life before …

God’s Grace Continues

God’s Grace Continues

      God’s Grace Continues   “For by grace are you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is a  gift of God.  Not of works, so no one will boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has foreordained that we should walk in them.”   Ephesians 2: 8-10. It is truly humbling that God would take a life with such an unlikely beginning and continue His work of grace in and through that life all these years.  I am amazed that I’m still on earth and …