I absolutely love blog series and challenges! I have been wanting to do one myself, but never take the time and energy to plan it and do it! Lately I have been feeling a little restless. I hadn’t really been able to put my finger on why. I have been really thinking about the simple joys of life lately. Oh how easy it is for me to get wrapped up in all the worries, what-if’s, and fears of life. I have been struggling putting my trust in God’s hands. I have found when I do stop, let go of stress, and just enjoy life’s simple joys I have been blessed for it. Oh but it is a constant battle. As I was walking one day I dug a little deeper and really started to think about the why. Why do I feel this way, what is making me restless?? When I really broke it down, I realized there was a little seed of discontentment festering in my soul.
It frustrates me to think about how easy it is to become discontent. I live in America. I do not consider myself rich by America’s standards, but oh how rich I am compared to so many others in this world. I have been on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico and I was blown away by how happy and content they were. They had nothing! Their houses were constructed of junk they found laying around. They had dirt floors, no plumping, and outhouses. Loren just came back from Haiti and stated that even though they have less than us, they really have more.
God states in Luke 12:48 “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”
I have been given so much. No I may not have the nicest clothes or the nicest car. I do have a warm house filled with way more than I really need. I have two freezers packed full of food, I don’t worry about where my next meal is coming from. I have been given so much. Instead of complaining and wishing, I want to turn that energy into thankfulness and gratitude.
That is why I want to do a 30 day blog series on learning contentment. I know it will help me to get my priorities right. It will force my mind to focus on learning contentment, instead of dwelling on negatives. I invite you to join me on this journey! I would love to hear your input. Feel free to leave comments telling me your story and thoughts on contentment!
Please note, that through this blog series, my point is not that you can’t buy or have nice things. My point is directed toward our attitude and heart towards contentment.
Here are the links to the full month’s posts:
Day 2: When more is never enough
Day 3: Contentment is learned behavior
Day 4: Confessing
Day 5: Seeking God’s Will
Day 6: Things the breed discontentment
Day 7: Comparison
Day 8: Thankfulness
Day 9: Learning to love yourself
Day 10: Complaining
Day 11: Choosing who to please
Day 12: Giving
Day 13: Learning the word no
Day 14: Attitude
Day 15: Letting go of perfectionism
Day 16: Inspirational Reading
Day 17: Loren’s Haiti Story
Day 18: Learning to be a good steward
Day 19: Enjoying the simple things
Day 20: Memorizing Scripture
Day 21: Volunteering/Helping Others
Day 22: Learning that life isn’t fair
Day 23: Contentment in suffering
Day 24: Learning from Joseph
Day 25: Overcoming the fear of “what if” and trusting God
Day 26: Money
Day 27: Marriage
Day 28: Your job
Day 29: As a Stay at home mom
Day 30: Striving for Heaven