With Every Sunset

I sat watching yet another beautiful fall sunset over the lake where I recently have moved.  If you know me, I am always chasing the sun.  I love watching the sun rise but I find deep soulful moments watching the sunset at night. So this night I caught a few great shots on my cell phone for me to attempt to capture that moment.  I truly love sunsets.  The beauty of God’s creation captivates me.  I love how every sunset is different yet it remains a sunset.  No matter where you are in the world you know the sun will …

Prerequisites to Contentment

      Philippians 4: 4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”   Paul had experienced many hardships; yet he was able to rejoice in the Lord and tell others not to be anxious about anything and admonish them to continue praying and making their requests to God. How was Paul able to do that? Because he had been in precarious situations and God had not forsaken him. Though he was in prison when he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, these letters contain some very encouraging words to others. Perhaps you have heard experience is the best teacher, and Paul knew from his past experiences that to be true. I also …

Be Content in All Situations

                                            Philippians 4: 12 “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.” Paul had learned a wonderful lesson: one that is taking me one hundred years to learn, and I’m still learning, but I understand somewhat better than I once did. And one thing which I have learned is that if Christians …

Be Content With Who You Are

Perhaps you have heard the expression, after God made her, He threw away the mold. Although these words are not intended to be a compliment, they are true: for God makes each individual different. Even identical twins are said to have different DNA. If women and men were satisfied with their looks, companies that manufacture beauty products would go out of business. For most of us use bought products to enhance our outward appearance. I remember while younger with freckles, unruly brown hair, and an inferiority complex, I made a comment about my appearance in the presence of my mother. She shamed me, and reminded me that something could happen to cause me to look really ugly. Though I …

Be Content During Troubles

Though believers endure troubles, I venture to say few, if any, sincerely pray for God to send them more troubles. Since this is true, why did James say to count it all joy when we suffer trials and temptations? He gives the answer by saying the testing of our faith produces steadfastness, and if believers remain steadfast, they will become complete and lack nothing. During my recent serious illness, being in a hospital, rehab center, back to a hospital, then home by ambulance, and dependent on my son and others for all physical needs, my future was not conducive to one of contentment. Philippians 4: 11-13  “I am not saying this …

Prayers of Others for Help

It would be amazing to know the number of prayers made in my behalf, and even more surprising some who prayed them during my recent weeks of illness and other difficulties. According to Jesus’ Intercessory prayer in the seventeenth chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus prayed for me. He said,  He wasn’t praying only for those who were God’s children, but He prayed for those who would  become believers. That included me! Then in the book of James we have this promise: and the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick. Some may be thinking: “I prayed for my loved one and she died.”  We are …

Rewards for Contentment

1 Timothy 6: 6-10 “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. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” While writing to Timothy, Paul’s son …

Be Content in All Circumstances

  After Epaphroditus’ illness, and he had regained his health, Paul sent word to believers at the church at Philippi about his upcoming imprisonment in Rome, and of his optimistic outlook on whatever the future held for him. And he admonished believers at the church of Philippi to imitate him. He wrote, “In everything by supplication and prayer to let their requests be made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Then he admonished them to think on positive things, and to follow his example: for …

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 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     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?     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 …