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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

A kind hearted woman gains honor. Proverbs 11:16

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

God is with her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. Luke 1:45

The Lord is my strength and my shield. Psalm 28:7

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you where you go. Joshua 1:9

Under His wings you will find refuge. Psalm 9:1

Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6-8

By the grace of God, I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

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I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. – Philippians 4:11

This is a scripture that has been posted on my desk for several years. I placed it there during a difficult time as a reminder that I should be content whatever the circumstances. And even though I have read that scripture at least once a week during that time period, only recently did I comprehend what this scripture truly means. Being content doesn’t mean that I am settling for something, but instead that my focus is in the right place. My focus had been on the circumstances, but the secret is learning to trust God regardless of the circumstances.

True contentment has nothing to do with material possessions, status, or even a deliverance from problems. In verse 12 Paul says, “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.” Paul had experienced both ends of the spectrum…being in need and having plenty, but he was able to be content in everything.

The key is that he learned to be content. It didn’t happen overnight, but the ups and downs of life taught Paul that satisfaction is not based on what we have or don’t have, but instead true contentment is based on a trust that Christ will provide the strength to get through the tough times. Paul goes on in verse 13 to say, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” He learned to depend on Christ for contentment.

Regardless of the circumstances we face, we can trust that Christ will give us strength to get through it. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come naturally. It is something we must learn just as Paul learned. So how do we learn to be content?

  1. Refuse to compare your circumstance to anyone else. When you compare your life to others, yours will usually seem inadequate because you have no knowledge of their struggles. Someone else’s home may be newer and bigger, but you don’t see the difficulty they may have making the mortgage payment.
  2. Accept your imperfections as well as those of others. You will make mistakes. None of us are perfect. Accept others the way God created them rather than the way you want them to be.
  3. Accept things as they are. Surrender your expectations to God. Instead of focusing on what YOU want, focus on what God wants you to have.
  4. Keep a gratitude journal. Write down something every day for which you are grateful. The more you search for good in the midst of trial, the less hopeless the problem will seem.
  5. Be thankful for what you have. Don’t take anything or anyone in your life for granted. “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Be Thankful

By Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.

During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,

because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those

who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

and they can become your blessings.

This poem reminds us to appreciate even the difficulties. The more we dwell on the problems, the worse our situation seems. But the more we search for good, the more blessings we can find even in the midst of trials. When things aren’t going exactly as we had planned, we must check our focus. Are we focusing on the circumstance or is our focus on God?

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” When you are able to admit that you don’t like your situation, but you can trust God through it, you’ve learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Being content leads to joy no matter what’s going on in life. Dare to be content where you are!

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And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.  Hebrews 6:25

We live in a fast-paced world with instant messaging, faxing, cell phones, fast food restaurants, and drive-thru windows.  Just about anything you need or want can be acquired much quicker than a few decades ago.  I especially enjoy drive-thru windows – fast food, the bank, the pharmacy, anything available.  The quicker I can get what I want and back on the road, the happier I am.  There are few things for which we must wait.  Patience is a virtue that many of us have forgotten.

“I will surely bless you and make your descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17).  In Abraham’s mind, he knew he was very old, but in his heart and soul, he trusted God’s promise and continued to have faith.  Although he never saw the descendents as numerous as the stars, Abraham did receive the initial part of the promise, which was Isaac.  He did not realize the fullness of the promise, but he did receive a son through whom many descendents would follow.  Abraham never saw the promise completely fulfilled, but he did continue to live in faith until he died.  The remainder of God’s promise of descendents as numerous as the stars was not fulfilled until after Abraham’s death.

As we see with Abraham, God’s promises are not fulfilled at the drive-thru window, as we would prefer.  We must instead wait for God to fulfill His promises in His own time.  “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness (2 Peter 3:9).  Waiting is very difficult, and time seems to stand still.  However, compared to eternity, our lives are just a mere speck in time.  God knows what is best for us, and He knows the perfect moment.  “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalms 40:1).  Do not get discouraged and think that God will not come through.  Have the patience of Abraham, and you will be blessed.

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