Today I am publishing part two of Paris Byrum’s series on contentment. Click here to read part one. You can find more of her writings over at Nourishing a Life in Christ. Thanks Paris!
To follow up on our last post on contentment, I thought it may be helpful to include tools and resources you could use. In times of discontentment and evaluating your heart, it’s good to have some outside help.
- We should always start by looking at Scripture. In this verse, Paul describes how he has learned to be content.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in 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. – Philippians 4:11-13
- I really enjoy reading Rick Thomas because his articles are filled with practical steps to overcome sin. Below is a sample of his call to action, and how we can learn contentment.
What situation in your life today is trying to move you from contentment to discontentment? In that situation, are you more like a thermometer or a thermostat? Do not miss Paul’s point about how you arrive at contentment. It is a learned condition of the heart, that comes from discerning and applying the Lord’s work in your life through years of constant practice. – Rick Thomas
God has brought your circumstances to you for a purpose, and they are ultimately for your good.
- In this article by John Piper, he states that the secret to overcoming discontentment is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5).
- This 5 minute video clip is helpful to see that discontentment is a sin, and discusses how we choose to respond.
- Finally, this awesome sermon by John Macarthur gives you the “Seven Keys to Contented Living.”
In conclusion, no matter what circumstance we are facing in our homemaking, whether it is living in a small space, not having a Pinterest perfect home, or not having gourmet food photos to post on Instagram, we can learn to find contentment in Christ because He has already overcome our sin. Our part is obeying Him, trusting in Him, and walking in faith. Gazing upon our Savior, rather than on what we do not have, will greatly help in renewing our minds.
Comment below if you have had a struggle in discontentment, and how you can take action or overcome your sin. If you have overcome this sin, share how the Lord helped you to do that.
About the Author: Hello, my name is Paris Byrum. I am a Christ follower, a wife to a great husband for 8 years and a mama to four littles. I am a lover of all things creative & seek to encourage others to run the race and live a life to glorify God. Come visit me at Nourishing a Life in Christ if you like what you read here.
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