Contented Thanksgiving

thanksgiving.jpgGood day my friends! I pray your week and weekend has been filled with the Lord’s grace and blessings. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Besides the busyness of family gathering and food to prepare, I wanted to focus on the simple blessings, in particular, contentment. I love being content! …If only I would let myself enjoy it more often…

Grab your coffee and let me explain what I’ve been pondering.

…Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving friends! God’s continued blessings to you and your family in this week ahead!

CONTENTMENT

Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 3:6 

  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phillipians 4: 11b-13

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. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 

 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

We don’t give ‘contentment’ enough credit, nor God the thanks due him when we are blessed with a season of simple contentment. In fact, I wonder how often he bestows on me such a blessing and yet I anxiously seek out things to add to my plate or reasons to be discontented. Do you find that? Do you find it hard just to revel in contentedness: neither wanting nor needing, neither seeking nor preparing; having days roll along in quieted routine?

I do believe today’s society does not appreciate contentedness as it should, as I should, as we should. Perhaps it is the crazy busyness of our days, with the world’s view and our desire to continue to strive, achieve, obtain more, more, more. It’s Satan’s temptation and goal to keep us swirled up in a whirlwind of wants and obtaining because ‘we deserve it’ while the whole time just making us more and more stressed and discontented. And if we’re not in such a state, we think something is wrong and we get bored.

Whatever the reason, let it stop today! Take a deep breath, find a quiet place, and revel in contentedness; in nothing new, in sameness, in routine. Thank God for the simple blessing of a place to lay your head at night, tasks to keep you busy during the day, family and friends to love you, the beauty of a sunset, the aroma of a locust tree in bloom, the delicacy of a snowflake, and the list of simple blessings that can go on for eternity. May you see God’s grace and experience His peace in your day of simple blessings and be content.

Prayer: Dear Giver of all things, You are awesome and gracious! Your goodness is proclaimed throughout my day in the simple daily routines and activities of my life and your creation that surrounds me. Forgive me for being ignorant to your beauty, love and blessings that you bestow upon me every moment of everyday. Help me to live in these blessings and be content, and not be unthankful like a spoiled child for constantly wanting more. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!

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Reflection: Reflect on your level of contentedness. Are you always striving? Feeling uneasy when you don’t have something new on your plate or someone to fuss over? List those things or areas in your life that draw you away from being content. Are they necessary? Lift them to the Lord and let Him grant you peace of heart. Then make a list of 20 simple blessing in your life that at times can be taken for granted. Lift them up to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving.

 

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