A contented mind is a perpetual feast….love that saying and am always ready for a good feast! Our bible study is currently delving into “Calm my anxious heart” which I should probably read daily. Calming this wayward hyper -heart of mine is a monumental ongoing task!! I mean, I sort of maintain a constant state of frenzy and excitement at all times, thus landing me a spot on the gymnastics team as a youngster and the nickname “SPUNKY” during my first year as a nurse!! Even my leisurely stroll is a brisk walk, which completely annoys my husband and sister!
I’m always stepping on God’s toes, planning the future before it exists, creating a discontented heart; racing Him to the finish line, only I end up the loser. I actually planned my entire wedding before I was engaged, so come time for the “real” event the wind was knocked out of my sail and so was my joy. It’s ironic really to see the mind-blowing contentment of children living in third world countries verses my constant state of “hunger” for the next thing or event or life experience! Hogwash! Enough! The grass is actually never greener on the other side! Discontentment and striving is exhausting. I’m ready to dine at the perpetual feast of the contentment table!
There’s no way I can mention contentment without Paul, the master of this discipline, ” for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance. I 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. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:11-13)
“My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.”
– William Shakespeare
“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.”
A Christian, married to an insanely gifted and talented Marine husband, mother to Gideon (15), Boaz (10) and our rainbow baby, Shiloh. I’m actually an R.N turned accidental photographer, currently living in Fredericksuburg, Va after completing our final tour in Okinawa Japan. You'll find travel, Jesus, and lifestyle posts here on the Journal.