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Day 4 – Learn Contentment (The Weekend Brew) — 47 Comments

  1. Ah, I needed this reminder! I have a hard time being content outside of my comfort zone (e.g., spending part of my Christmas vacation with relatives in a crowded house that’s not my own). I have months to mentally and spiritually prepare and to claim that promise that I can do all things though HIM!

  2. The statement you emphasized is so true. I am believing for you to see the evidence of God’s great hand in your current circumstance. I’m asking that you will be “wowed” by what God does.

  3. Barbie,
    This is beautiful writing. I love how you ask, “What if God is shifting the wind for His glory?” That’s one that I am going to remember and carry with me when I find myself wondering “why?” I am learning how to trust in Him right along with you, Barbie! So glad to be in community with you here in the internet world!

  4. Yes, God is always good. And that wind that blows change always always brings hope on the wings of it. Praying you will see the beauty in the trusting and find that you already have the strength and the ability, through Christ, to meet every challenge with joy.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  5. Blessings, Barb – and thanks for the good word this week. Contentment – yes, in all situations. It’s where my life is at this time, too – in a big way. God is on His throne – all is right with me.
    Joy!
    Kathy

  6. It’s hard to lean on Him sometimes, isn’t it, Barbie? We think we know best. This world tells us to “put on on big girl pants” and “pull up our bootstraps!” So many view Christianity as a crutch. All of this can rub off on us, fuel our pride. But we know the Truth. We don’t have to carry these burdens. Or worry for tomorrow.He willingly carries them for us, preparing the way, and establishing our tomorrows.There is indeed a blessing just beyond! Praying for you, my friend, and believing that you will find your strength in Him.

  7. Oh my! Your words are so needed and pierce the places that I sometimes also struggle with. I love that we need to quiet our moanings and groanings in order to hear God more clearly. We certainly don’t want to miss a single whispered word meant just for us. Praying that as God writes your story He reveals the many blessings that are in store for you and your family! Love you friend!

  8. Oh, friend, you’ve been on my mind so much. You amaze me – as you struggle, you encourage mightily! Do you know how much I love to read your words? Many blessings, big , small and everything in between!

    • Carrie, thank you. You encourage my heart every time you visit. Life has been spinning, but I know God is in control. Looking forward with hope to the next season. Hugs!

  9. Hi Barbie,
    I am so excited to find you — or you found me? I don’t know. But I absolutely love finding fellow writers who are in the same season of life as me. Your blog is beautiful, your words are encouraging & I can’t wait to browse and read all that you have here!

    • Looking forward to getting to know you more Deborah. I too am thankful when I meet bloggers who are walking the same life journey.

  10. Oh that place of “Epainos”, or praise..that place where we don’t just do acts of worship, but live a lifestyle of praise. In studying this word this morning, I was struck by how praise is a noun here, not a verb. It’s something we are, not just something we do. And oh how I need to learn this too Barbie…to find that place where eyes are constantly in praise, fixed on our Savior, not on my circumstances. Always love coming here friend! Blessings for an amazing weekend, Jen

  11. My thoughts exactly! Over the past year I have been learning to trust God more and more for the things that are happening in my life. I may not be able to see or understand all that He does, but I know that everything has a reason in God’s perfect plan. As I have been learning to trust, my faith is growing, too…and that is reason to rejoice!

    Blessings, Joan

  12. Contentment and joy no matter the circumstances . . . oh how I pray for this too. You always speak to my own heart with your words. Much love to you. xoxo

  13. Oh yes, Barbie. As a fellow struggler with issues of trust, I was most encouraged by this post. I especially liked the *tweetable* quote you used. Trust has been on my mind the last couple of weeks, too. I find it so hard to live out what I truly believe in my heart. I am definitely a work in progress.

    I had never really thought about the idea of contentment in the context of trying circumstances. But I can see what you’re talking about. For contentment brings rest, and rest is what is given to our hearts when we truly trust the Lord.

    Oh, that I might learn and lean. I believe, help my unbelief.

    GOD BLESS!

    • Thank you Chris. It would have been easier to run and hide and let life pass me by. But then, what fun would that have been? Hugs!

  14. Oh yes Barbie! There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content in all things. Whether I have little or much, feel good or bad, whether it’s a work day or a play day, the secret to contentment and being fulfilled is believing that God and what He has provided for me in this very moment is all I need.

  15. Barbie, such a hard truth to embrace when the going is tough. Your graphic is beautiful in both word & photo. I think what truly struck me is that we don’t want to just get through our circumstances. We want to rise above them – seeing them from His perspective & turning them for His glory. Praying for you!

  16. Excellent! “God the writer of your story.” That means it is going to be a humdinger of a journey. There are a lot of what ifs in life, but I love the What if God! Keep trusting. He will be all you need for all you need sweet friend!

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