Being Content With His Purpose For Your Life
Being content with your life seems harder and harder to achieve in the society we live in today. Whether it’s being content with our home, finances or even number of children, God longs for us to be thankful for what we have today.
Paul teaches us in Phillipians 4:11-13,
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
This pronouncement is coming from a man sitting behind bars. Content with God’s will for his life. How amazing was his faith and commitment to God’s purpose. I’m in awe of Paul’s devotion to being content. I look at magazines, social media, moms at the grocery store, Pinterest, Zillow and it seems I’m constantly comparing, longing, feeling inadequate and less than. But God has placed me where I am in His perfect timing, plan and position for my life.
Here are three things I have started putting into practice to help achieve contentment for my life.
1. Have dedicated prayer time. When the urge to compare creeps into my mind, I pray and say thanks. Even just a short prayer thanking God for what I have and asking for His help will relinquish the desires the world is placing on my heart.
“God thank you for placing me exactly where I am. Please remove these thoughts of comparison from my mind and help me be happy with myself.”
Verse to study: Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
2. Have a sound support system. Being a SAHM who also works from home, there are many days that go by that I only speak primarily to my children. As all moms know, our kids do not always breath encouragement and praise into our lives. Instead these little bundle of joys have lots of needs and sometimes demands. Being a mom is hard work, and sometimes we need that voice of support. I have started listing out my accomplishments for the day, no matter who small it may seem, and sending it to my husband. My husband is my foundation for encouragement. Even if it’s a small win of getting my almost two year old to sit on the potty for 2 minutes, hearing his words of encouragement helps me be content with my day.
Verse to study: Proverbs 31:28 – ” Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her”
3. Have alone time with God. When I can turn my mind off from the world and focus on Him and only Him, all comparison leaves my mind. My anxiety and stress fall to the weigh side and I feel secure in His embrace. Having dedicated time to spend praying, studying and focusing on God is vital to being content.
Verse to study: Psalm 16:8 -” I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
What are some things you do to be content? This seems to be a constant battle for many moms. We’d love to hear from you and share additional support with our readers.