“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Too many times in 2014 I felt like I was on the verge of losing my mind. Too many times in 2014 I felt like I didn’t have an ounce of strength left to give. This year, I am over it! I refuse to let the devil have my mind and I know that God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. And there are a ton of times that I’m reminded of just how weak I am. This year, I choose to rejoice in those weaknesses so that His strength can shine!
I’m gonna trust that God is more than enough and try to maintain a closer relationship with the Lord. I couldn’t make it without prayer and God’s Word. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times— prayer and the Word are the only things that allow me to keep my sanity and allow me to stay saved and sanctified!
I really needed my One Verse 2014 (Philippians 4:11) about being content and I am still clinging to that verse. That’s another reason I love and chose this year’s One Verse. How can I be content? How do I overcome envy or longing or anything? By knowing that GOD is sufficient! He is enough for me. He is all I need.
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Besides, in Matthew 6:33, it says we are to seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added. Anything else is an added bonus because without Him, it’s worthless. He is sufficient. My Pawpaw Bill always said, “If you’ve missed heaven, you’ve missed it all.” I refuse to miss heaven for this world. When I cling to Him and only Him, the troubles of this world fade away and I know I can make it. He’ll see me through. Why? Because His grace is sufficient for me!
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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!
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11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Phillippians 4:11-13 NKJV
The above has to be one of my most favorite passages of scripture. In fact, Phillippians 4:13 is my favorite scripture in the entire Bible.
I’ve been quoting these scriptures to myself a WHOLE LOT lately. I’m dieting, starting a business, maintaining relationships, homeschooling a preschooler, and due to our landlord letting our home foreclose: we have to move.
Contentment; Rather tricky, isn’t it? As mothers, we are always busy. There is always something we need. There is always something we want. A lot of the time, these things aren’t even for ourselves. Maybe they are for our family or loved ones. But regardless, there is always something.
I would love to be instantly skinny after 2 weeks of dieting, have a gorgeous home of my own, new clothes, my hair done, my family well dressed, my kids rooms full of fun toys, and my son to want to sit down and be still for 10 minutes every day during circle time. But the Bible says whatsoever state that I am to be content.
Paul was clearly never a mom. Ever. But he’s right. So I’m reminding myself: I am healthy, I have a roof over my head, I still have hair, my family & I have appropriate clothing, my kids have plenty of toys (trust me!), and my son still learns even if he is jumping up and down the entire time we discuss the day, month, weather, scripture, etc.
The rest of the stuff will come if and when it is God’s will through prayer. You know why? Because I can, in fact, do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Not some things, all things. Until then, I’ll be content.
What about you? What are you content with today, and what will God give you the strength to do?