What I’m chewing on…a mouthful of contentment…

Hooray for summer…

Here’s what I am chewing on…

Blueberries…glorious blueberries!!!  Such juicy goodness and it’s good for the body as well.

 

Still chewing on this…

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Enjoying chewing on this…

 Contentment by Lydia Brownback…

I love when it seems like God seems to hammer the same message over and over…If you read the last two weeks of my cover to cover recaps…the themes have been…setting our heart on Godgetting rid of those idols in our lives…truly when we desire to set our heart on God alone…we will have no need to find any substitute for God in our lives…the idols will be seen as they truly are…false…and our lives will be filled with contentment…don’t you want that?  I know that I do…

Using this utensil to facilitate chewing…

Wisdom stained in yellow…

**We can be content with our lives exactly as they are today because God has promised he is always with us.  Our problem really isn’t that we need something we don’t have; our problem is that we don’t find God to be enough for us.  Many of us can’t even comprehend how God can meet us in our empty places and satisfy us fully.  We are open to the idea, but we just don’t see how it’s possible.  Sometimes we get a wrong idea about how God satisfies us.  He doesn’t come to us in our own terms, taking the role of surrogate for the things or the relationships we lack.  He comes in place of those things, giving us something even better…We don’t need anything more than what we have right now, today, in order to be content.  The Bible says so; therefore, it must be true.  The choice is ours.

**The primary reason God withholds certain blessings, the lack of which creates big, empty places in our hearts and lives, is so he can fill those empty places with himself.  He cannot fill with the best what is already full with the mediocre.  We will  never experience Christ as best if we set our hearts on what we want God to do for us in the here and now.

**Contentment in the valleys comes when we stop fighting so hard to climb out.

**Good times are designed to come and go, but contentment is designed to be constant for all who are in Christ.

**When we turn life’s little pleasures into remedies for life’s troubles, we are setting up idols in our hearts, which actually push God aside.  When a woman makes a bag of chips a habitual quick fix, according to God she “separates [herself] from me, taking [her] idols into [her] heart.” (Ez. 14:7)

**All idols are governed by the law of diminishing returns.

Another reason I didn’t include chewing on this…

Seeking contentment…just because…this is the day that the Lord has made!

Helen

~~~Find more about Contentment: A godly woman’s adornment here.

P.S.  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
I Timothy 6: 6-8

Moral:  I don’t find contentment in my blueberries and chips…they won’t leave this earth with me…but I can find contentment with the Lord because He has provided them for me…that is cause enough to celebrate this day!

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9 thoughts on “What I’m chewing on…a mouthful of contentment…

  1. Thanks for sharing that highlighted wisdom. It sounds like a really good read. I thought of the beginning of Psalm 23 after reading the excerpts.

    And, Helen, if you only knew my relationship with Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar potato chips over the years. Those flavor enhancers surely hooked me. But I’m choosing to find contentment in Him. A daily choice. 😉

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  2. It is a daily choice…oh my! But the blessing is that we are only called to live one day at a time because God’s mercies are new every morning…so when we succumb to some crunchy goodness…we know that there is grace for that day…we just can’t camp in that bag of tastiness…and I have done that a time or two…brings zero contentment only shame…not what God has in mind for me…

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  3. That is some great stuff and exactly what we need to be focusing on in this house right now. (Of course, now I want some chips!)

    You have an incredible ability to get to the heart of the matter. I appreciate it so much.

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  4. caffeevino says:

    haha…love the post. I am happy to see you enjoy some time on the Nintendo DS — mine is pink! I wish I had more time to play on it but hopefully I will soon.

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  5. Thanks Karen…always a blessing to hear from you…sorry for unleashing a craving…ha!

    Thanks Kate…now that you have graduated…hopefully you will get a chance to play on the DS…just set a timer…otherwise it can be a time vortex for sure…
    Oh…and mine is crimson red…and my daughters laugh at me as I try to beat my records on virus buster…

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  6. ci says:

    Helen, Wow…you got to the heart of the matter didn’t you? I sure do LOVE chips! (but mine are salt and vinegar :)) Such great wisdom AGAIN! Thanks for sharing the precious insights that the Father gives to you. Miss you!

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  7. “He comes in place of those things, giving us something even better…” Powerful my friend. He does come to us on His terms, when will we learn? It’s a process for sure!

    Keep chewing 🙂

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  8. I keep ending up in blogs that actually talk about food… what’s wrong with me today??? Anyhow, let me introduce me. I’m Italian but living in Kazakhstan @ the moment and to make a very long story short, I feel like, just sometimes… I miss italian food… but you ar right, the reasons for our contemptement (?) are different: just one and true: GOD!
    take care and God bless you always
    br.freddie

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