Tag: Contentment

Good Things

Which makes more of an impact on you — suffering or sweetness? Good things or hard? Which one forces you to your knees? Most of us would probably say suffering. Right? Hard times push us to urgently search His Word, and get more intimate in prayer. But why can’t good things do that, too? Why can’t blessings […]

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Still Giving Thanks?

Thanksgiving’s over. But are you still giving thanks? You’re probably mired in Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, and who-knows-how-many-other activities. Your kids are clamoring for toys. Your friends are pleading for your time. Your family wants more of you, more of stuff, and just more in general. And it’s so easy to get overwhelmed with the […]

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Fighting against Boundaries

As I sit writing this, I’m listening to the soundtrack of my dog barking in the back yard. There’s currently three neighborhood dogs wandering loose down the street {why their owners don’t keep them in their yards, I’ll never understand}. And my dog wants to be with them. Those three dogs have all sorts of […]

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I Am Wonderfully Made!

Raise your hand if you ever feel like whining or complaining about being sick. *waves hand wildly* I’ve been dealing with a chronic illness (for which there is treatment but no cure) for about five years now. And lately I’ve had a whole laundry list of “nuisance” problems to deal with as well. And I […]

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Responding to Trials

Why do we think life is supposed to be easy? When our actual circumstances differ from our ideal plans and wishes, why do we feel like everything’s going wrong? Why do tell ourselves that it’s just “one thing after another” and we “can’t take much more” of it? Why do we feel so helpless sometimes, […]

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Think on These Things

No matter what major or minor difficulties we as believers find ourselves in, it seems the hardest area of our lives to keep honorable before God is our thought lives. The mind is where so many sinful practices begin – by being unthankful, or fearful, or just plain old self-centered. Once we start thinking a […]

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More Thoughts on Contentment

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our […]

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