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on contentment

my one word for 2012 was “contentment.” i blogged about it here back in January if you want to see my thoughts. i wasn’t sure where this word would lead. i honestly thought i’d talk about it more too. i guess since it’s a hard word, i haven’t been quick to talk about it… {shy glance}…so i thought i’d give a 9-month update.

contentment has been THE word of the year. no doubt about that. from not knowing where we were moving when we started the year, to Husbuddy deciding to do one more year of schooling at Gordon Conwell Seminary. from being sad about leaving friends, to all the adventures moving to a new city and new culture. from missing friends and family, to being thankful for those friends and family.  from being lonely in a new place, to learning how to be best friends with each other again.  from feeling without purpose to seeing God provide in more ways than i can count.

this has been a year that has so far tested my ability to be content.

but that was kinda the point.

i can’t be content on my own.

i need God for that. God needs to be MY contentment. He needs to be MY everything. i am nothing without Him. i can’t depend on my own ability to be happy and satisified. like i said before, contentment is a gift from God. i need to accept that gift now, 9 months later, more than ever.

 

here’s another verse on contentment:

 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

that’s even kind of what i talked about last week from Luke. it all connects, right? 😉

i’m still on the journey of learning to be content:: with what i have, where He’s placed me, and who i am… and the fact, that God will never leave me nor forsake me. i have no need to worry about anything. but even as i say that, it’s like i have to pound it into my brain. it’s a journey. maybe the next couple of months i will find more rest in the gift of contentment…or maybe i have a lot more to learn.

xo-kimberly renee.

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finding reasons to be thankful.

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hmmm. ii’s interesting that a little more than two weeks ago i say that CONTENTMENT is going to be word of choice for the year. Then yesterday I go on and on dreaming about having a house (and seriously, in the dreaming, not being content with what I have now!)

eeeeeek.

convicted.

thanks for holding me accountable, friends.

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in an effort to find contentment in this situation, i want to list all the things in my home now that i’m thankful for:

  • a roof over my head, that usually doesn’t leak…
  • a very comfortable bed, in a room that faces east so that on Saturday mornings i get to have my tea in the sunshine, in bed!
  • a desk on which i get to play with art supplies.
  • a clean, white kitchen in which i get to make yummy dishes with Husbuddy
  • lots of little dog toys to trip over, because really, it means i have a very playful dog!
  • enough furniture and artwork that i get to play at being an interior designer by constantly changing the layout and rearranging 🙂
  • a community where i can just walk around the corner to a bunch of friends. seriously-it’s like living in a grown up college dorm! marriage housing at a seminary is awesome!
  • Husbuddy. He is my home here. 🙂

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remembering to be thankful helps me to be content.  funny how that works together. 😉 i AM content with where i am now, because this is where God has placed me and i am so blessed.

Phil. 4:19 “…and my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

1 Tim. 6:6-7 “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing in the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

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ok, thanks for not rolling your eyes too much over my silliness.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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