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“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, to be content:“
I want to start by saying that I will definitely have more than just one verse throughout the year. There are times or seasons when a particular verse or passage is what my spirit needs and I will devour that verse until that season is over. Just because this is the verse I chose for 2014 doesn’t mean I will lose sight of the bountiful buffet of God’s word that is available for me. I may have a focus verse, but I will still feast on His entire word.
Now on to the WHY. Why did I pick this verse? Because I am so tired of discontentment. Discontentment is one of the biggest weapons that the enemy throws at women. All women. We become bombarded with thoughts like, “I wish my house was as nice as…” or “I wish I could lose 15 pounds, then I would look prettier,” or “I wish my kids were that driven,” or “I wish we made as much money as the Joneses,” or “I wish I had nicer clothes,” or “Insert your own example here.” The possibilities are endless!
The devil will send one of these little thoughts along and once we let it creep in, it begins to plant a seed of discontentment. Then another thought comes along and waters the seed. Yet another one comes along and before we know it, discontentment is what rules our life. And here’s another little tidbit about discontentment—it’s fruit is bitter and ugly!
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”- Theodore Roosevelt.
How true this statement is! I read this statement sometime early in 2013 and although it stuck with me, I still struggled/struggle with discontentment. And most of my discontentment stems from comparison. I’ve decided that I don’t want comparison to have any hold over me anymore. Throughout 2014, I’m not giving up my joy for discontentment.
Besides, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1) The word want in this verse means lack. So let’s look at it this way, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not lack.” As long as I allow the Lord to shepherd me, I shall not lack anything that I need. That’s why I am choosing to be content in whatsoever state I am in. In verse 19 of Philippians 4, God’s promises continue, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.“
So maybe I can’t afford monthly pedicures like some women. So maybe I don’t have the perfect show house that appears to be decorated by Martha Stewart. So maybe I don’t look like the women in the latest fashion magazines. So what! The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… In this I will be content!
Do you have a particular theme verse for 2014? Please share it with us! If you don’t have one yet, go to http://blog.youversion.com/ to help find your #Verse2014.
Tonight I cooked a wonderful meal for my family. It’s called Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper and can be bought in any grocery store. Yes, that’s right. The wonderful meal was Hamburger Helper. What was that? A look of disgrace? Shame on you! My girls absolutely love Hamburger Helper and I’m more than happy to see them eat every bite.*
Oh, I get it now! You thought when I said I cooked them a wonderful meal that I was going to describe something decadent and creative with a name that’s hard to pronounce. Or being that I’m from a small Kentucky town, you thought I was going to describe something amazing, home-cooked, and finger-lickin’ good. Instead, it was Hamburger Helper. Why? Because I’m real. I’m a real mom. I don’t live in your tv on the Food Network.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook for my family and I love to make those creative or home-cooked meals sometimes. And I have nothing against those blogs that have great recipes with pictures of meals that look too pretty to eat. Those blogs are great. However, for myself, I feel as though if I were to show you the green beans and taters and pork chops and oops! I just drooled on the keyboard! As I was saying, if I only showed the mouth-watering amazingness, it would be a lie. Because I’m real. I am a real mom and there are times when Hamburger Helper just works for us. I love those blogs, but most of them leave me feeling guilty. I feel like a horrible mother. But then I realize that I am REAL. I’m not perfect and guess what? As stated before, my kids LOVE Hamburger Helper. So why not indulge them sometimes?
Chances are, if you’re a mom, you have also cooked Hamburger Helper. And I’ll even guess that your children have had a happy meal or two, huh? Don’t sweat it. I’m pretty positive that those kids of yours still love you just the same.
I said all of the above for this purpose…we as women tend to try to measure ourselves with a ruler made up of all the other “perfect” women in this world. In doing this, all we see in ourselves are a million imperfections and flaws. I find myself worrying that my kids deserve much better than me all because I spent 30 minutes on a supper of Hamburger Helper instead of slaving over the type of masterpieces that I’ve seen on blogs or Pinterest. We have got to stop comparing ourselves. God has created each one of us to be exactly who HE wants us to be. He made me to be Emily, not Paula Deen.
This week, take some time to embrace who YOU are….not who the woman is from that blog, magazine, or tv show. And not who the woman is from down the road or PTO. Embrace who God created you to be. Not her. You deserve it.
*I asked Naomi what she wanted Mommy to cook for supper. Hamburger Helper was her choice. 🙂