What truly matters — 31 Comments

  1. Thanks for this reminder. We’ve had a tough time financially for the past year or so. Every month when I do the budget and full short, I get discouraged even though God has provided the shortage EVERY SINGLE MONTH. Sometimes you just wish you could not have to worry about it, just enough to pay the bills would make me happy.

    Thanks for the reminder to be content in whatever state you are in.

  2. Contentment…God has been teaching me some lessons in this. Whether I need to be content without something, or with a situation…accepting the way things are vs. how I want them to be is difficult. I pray for acceptance…for strength…and for the future.

    Thank you for your honesty Barbie! It encourages others that we don’t have to pretend we’re not struggling with issues. God bless you and your family!

    In Christ,

    • I think I will be walking this journey for a while.  I realize too that when I am struggling with something, that most likely, someone else is struggling right along with me!  Thanks for stopping by my friend.

  3. Thank you Carolyn! I realized I wasn’t getting your blog updates in my Reader, even though I follow you through GFC. I hopefully have fixed that problem now.

  4. Sending you some christmas love from Australia!! I love that you’re so honest about wanting to be content and not always being there, it’s a struggle i’m sure we can all relate to at times, and then we realise how blessed we are compared to so many in this world and the thankfulness overwhelms me. May you have a lovely christmas and even find that God surprises you wil little extras along the way 🙂

  5. Barbie, you and I seem to be in the same boat, so to speak.  I am learning to be content in whatever circumstance.  But it’s not been of my choosing.  Having written that, I’m learning things I never would have known about those these trials.  And for that I’m grateful.  You seem to have awesome answers to prayer with Katie and Ansley.  And you know what?  We can get by without all the extras.  If you come back to Phoenix, I hope you’ll let me know.  I would love to see you again.

    Merry Christmas Barbie!

    Blessings and love,

  6. i think that once we truly start to learn to live for God and ourselves we will always struggle with contentment in this area. Society has taught us that in order to be appear successful or to be accepted by others, we must acquire stuff. over the last couple of years, i have really cut back on my spending and started to live my life for myself. we will one day pass on and we will not take anything but ourselves with us, so why work our whole lives taking care of the things that we will leave behind when we could be taking care of the things in our life that really matter…faith, love, relationships, etc.

  7. Barbie, I can certainly relate to how you are feeling.  There is much that I want, would like to have.  But God has provided for everyone of my needs.  I’m not at that place of saying I am truly content, but I am growing.  And the closer I get to God, the more I realize He is all I need.

    Many blessings,
    A Moment with God

  8. I’m praying for you during this hard season. I am thankful for your honest sharing. It is hard and trying to do without in the midst of a season of giving. Your faithfulness and steadfastness shows through all that you write.

  9. These past two years has been one big test for me on learning how to be content with little. I haven’t come to a place of resting in this season, and I know it will continue until I can contentment. It’s so hard, when the world is shouting things at you from all sides like, “You need this now!” “This will make you happier!” Lies!! Praying with you sister…Merry Christmas, and may God bless your socks off this season 🙂

  10. Contentment is something I’ve always struggled with. When I read Paul’s description of all he had been through (beatings, ships sinking, hunger, etc), I am humbled by his heart of joy.  Great list–I love number 408 and 410.

  11. I too am learning to live with contentment…when my heart and desire rises toward something…even if it is not for myself…I am trying to quickly lay it down at His feet…a act of worship…in the beginning…it seemed so trivial…but now I am finding more peace…more contentment…and most of all more trust…
    Blessings to you as you find Him right in the midst….

  12. We are neighbors today on the Multitude Monday list. You have a beautiful blog; I’m glad I stopped by. My heart goes out to you in your difficult season. May God graciously send you some little bit extra today, some token you will know is from Him as a reminder that He’s got the big things covered. He could say no, of course, but that’s what I’m asking on your behalf. Grace and peace to you today, Barbie.

    (And yes, I heard the tunes in my head on those last two.)

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