"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world , and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men 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." 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Fresh Start

After a wonderful weekend away at a dear friend's house (the only place all 6 of us are welcome for the weekend!), I am ready to start a new year.  This year I am focusing on two main areas: contentment and self-control.  I plan for this blog to be a journal of my progress in both areas.  As of yet, I have not told anyone I know of this blog nor invited anyone to read it...because I plan on being pretty transparent about my thoughts and feelings, and I'm just not ready to "share" with those I know in real life...yet.  I am sure that day will come, though.

Today I did a devotional  from this book by Lydia Brownback:
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Contentment: A Godly Woman's Adornment

and right away I gleaned a nugget that really spoke to me about this journey I am on:

"Our unhappiness does not spring from what we lack.  it springs from our desire for what we lack."

I feel like all my life I've wanted more:   a bigger house, more stuff, more friends, more children, more...more...more.  My goal is to become content with where God has placed me right now, with no looking ahead to what He may have for me later.  As the author so eloquently states, "Happiness or contentment comes from where we look and what we believe, not from what we have."  Amen.

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