How Are You Viewing Your Life Journey?

Contentment. What does it mean to be content?

The dictionary definition says, “ the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.”

I like the last part; ease of mind.

Earlier in the year, I was praying for a new job.  It took a while, but I finally got the job I had been praying for. But lately, I’ve been dissatisfied. I find myself desperate for the weekends, and when the weekend comes I’m discontent because I know where I have to be on Monday. The funny part is I actually like my job, but I also know I want more in my life.  But what I’ve discovered about myself is that I’m hardly at ease, and I’m always eager to get on to the next thing. I hardly take the time to enjoy my current situation, and really take in where I am. Whenever I’m giving a presentation, or talking to a group of people, I’m always told that I talk really fast. I honestly think I talk so fast because I want to get whatever I’m doing over with. I always want what’s next which has caused a lot of dissatisfaction in my life and puts my mind in a whirlwind.

But ease of mind.

I want that for my life.

I want to be content where I currently am. Not that I don’t want more for my life, but I want to experience every part of my life. I don’t want to reach the end of my life and realize that I was constantly chasing the next thing,  and never actually enjoyed the journey of life itself.

So how am I going to work on being content? By working on my thoughts!

For me,  I know my thoughts are my greatest enemy when it comes to experiencing contentment in my life. But I also know they can be my greatest strength. So from now on, I’m going to be all about 2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Every thought that’s not letting my mind be at ease is getting snatched from my mind and coming under submission to the word of God! The thoughts that tell me it’s my current situation that’s not making me happy, and I’ll be happier in the next stage of life. The thoughts that tell me I’m not doing a good job during this stage of my life. These thoughts and more will be replaced with thoughts that are obedient to Christ. 

I know God has so much purposed for us and I know he’s going to do so much in all of our lives. But every season of life has a purpose. We shouldn’t be discontent, just because we’re not where we want to be yet! 

Father, I thank you for who you are. I thank you for how far you’ve brought me in my life, and I thank you for where you’re taking me. Please help me to be content with where I am now while being expectant about my future! Thank you Lord!

Contentment is ours!

Learning To Let Go And Let God

You know how people always say we shouldn’t worry and trust God to take care of our worries? I’ve always felt like it was so easy to say, but so much harder to do. But you know what?

I’m finally learning to let go and let God. Things I used to worry about so often don’t even get the time of day in my thoughts anymore. I’m finally learning to take the things that are bothering me to God and leave them at the altar. My whole life I’ve been hearing that’s what I need to do, and I’ve always been like how??? Do you realize how hard it is to just forget about what’s bothering you?

But somehow I’m managing to do so.

How? By spending time with God. All this time I thought I had to will myself to give the burdens on my heart to God. But me learning to leave the burdens at the altar has been happening without me even trying. I’ve furthered my relationship with God by spending time praying and studying the word. I invite God into my daily activities and talk to God throughout the day. I’ve become much less stressed about my life. I don’t have to will myself to take the burdens on my heart to God. God kinda just sneaks them away from me while I stand in awe of Him.

More than just learning to give God my worries, my behavior and my desires are changing too.  My heart’s desires are being filled with His and it’s pretty awesome!

But it’s definitely been a process for me to get to this point. It used to be a chore for me to set aside quiet time to study my bible and pray. I had to force myself to do it. Then over time it became something I looked forward to. Then there came a peace that fell over me during my quiet time. Then I started praying and quoting scripture throughout my day. Then the peace that fell over me in my quiet time started staying with me all day long.

Stress and anxiety are being pushed out. Not because I try to force them out, but because I have become so filled with the things of the Lord, that stress and anxiety no longer have a place to call home in my heart and mind!

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7