Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Philippians 4:11 (ESV)
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Does contentment come easy to you?
I’ve struggled with contentment my whole life. It’s not that I’m dissatisfied with what I have. I am actually uber satisfied by the many, many blessings God has graciously bestowed upon me and my family. My issue comes from constantly worrying about the other shoe dropping.
Last week, something dumb happened, but in my life dumb is like a Tuesday — pretty much a guarantee. I posted about it on Facebook and one of my friends, who I have known for 17 years replied, “Why does this totally weird stuff happen to you?” It’s a great question. My 37 years on this earth have been filled with a lot of trauma and deep sadness, broken dreams, death, and total weirdness.
BUT, I don’t have a bad attitude about my life. I love my life. I think God has blessed me more than I will ever deserve. In fact, most every day I’m blown away by just how much God loves me.
Growing up and living the life I’ve had has made me a constant worrier. I HATE when my phone rings. A phone ring, in my experience, means very bad news. I almost immediately have heart palpitations when certain types of letters come in the mail because they have always meant very bad news too. When things go well I struggle to enjoy them fully because I am always just waiting for things to turn bad.
I am jealous of Paul’s ability to be content in any situation. I totally get being with God in every moment, but being content in every moment baffles me. I want it so badly though. I long for the kind of peace contentment brings. The ONLY cure I’ve ever found for my worry issue is by being in constant communication with God. When I fully immerse myself in God’s Word, prayer, and worship music every day, God helps me beat back my worries. In those moments I feel at peace, and I think I experience the contentment that Paul discusses in Philippians 4:11. But the second I take my eye off God the worry comes back full force.
Philippians 4:11 is a great reminder to me today to stay focused on who really matters — God, my Savior, and my Holy Spirit. Being by God’s side makes the worries go away and the contentment flow!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Gina @ Stories by Gina!