Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Philippians 4:11B-14
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

So many times I consider this verse and think about how I need to be more content in every circumstance. Then tonight it came to me afresh:
"I have learned"
Paul didn't know it at first, he learned it! (I know... Duh!)
He suffered need, hunger and want.
He experienced plenty and fulfillment.

Often as I look back at hard times I have had, I kick myself for not "going through it" contented and "in victory," yet these times were new to me, and the Lord was teaching me... if I had gone through them right away as though I can do all things... I may have begun to believe that I am who can do it and not through Christ alone! I am loathsomely prideful at times... it could have been worse to be victorious and like Moses and Aaron claim the victory as mine. For this Moses and Aaron could not enter the earthly Promised Land!

SO I am learning to be content whatever the circumstances.


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Doula Brandi said...

Stopping by from Lynnette's Blog & Share, love the title of your blog.

Prairiemaid said...

Great post! Sometimes, learning to be content is difficult or maybe, we are difficult students. But God is faithful.


Linda said...

Monica...thanks for the reminder to be content in every situation...and to learn and grow through the trials!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Have a great day!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Monica said...

@Doula Brandi, Thanks for stopping by :) I'm so glad you like the title, it took me a bit to decide on it.

Thank you for the encouragement! :) I tend to believe that I can be the difficult student :/ but God is so faithful to continue that good work!
I appreciate the post you linked, but I am having difficulty with posting comments on some other's blogs (they seem to disappear!)
The Lord teaches me much through viewing His creation, so I related right away to your special message of Love from Him! (Hope you get to see this here)

Thank you for stopping in and leaving encouragement on all of these blogs! :)

:) Monica

raleyfamily said...

Life is so much better once you take this verse seriously. God has given us so much!

Monica said...

During the big blogger issues last week, I posted a comment reply for you ladies. Too bad it is gone forever!
Thank you for stopping by and offering your encouragement! :)

Blessings you each of you!
~Monica :)