Monday, March 2, 2009

Eyes To See - Simple Contentment

This morning we were reading in I Timothy 6 for our Bible Reading time. If I can I try to relate the Bible passages in a child "how can this verse apply in our family...", etc. Sometimes I just read so that they are trained to hear and listen. 1 Tim. 5 provided a great way for us to discuss caring for our families and what that looks like for us right now.
I also am constantly asking myself how a verse fits into parenting and sometimes I even put a "P" beside a verse to tag it for parenting reminders.
I Pet.6:3 "If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness....(getting to the point that caught my attention), imagining that godliness is a means of gain." I thought of the many times I try to be good enough or do well enough; to feel good about myself - you know "godly". How sad that I have spent so much energy trying to gain my own godliness. (And to realize what a sin of idolatry this is..) When I was a younger wife and mother I really struggled with not feeling "good or OK", even though I was a Christian. I have sense learned and excepted the truth of the next verse; vs. 6 "Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world." How precious again, to be reminded of the godliness that is given me as a gift...
Vs. 8 continues "But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation..." What a great verse to teach my children (and remind myself) that the world and part of Satan's plan is to lead us to want, want, want. My little Boo remembered the 10 commandments and said "That's like coveting".
I chose the picture above because of it's simplicity, yet it's beauty. I have more than much; just what I need to be in the season of my life that I am in right now. And we do have food and clothing. (Well, actually, my "food" - three cups of yogurt, rice milk, banana and protein drink spilled all over the rug and hard wood floor at lunch...after cleaning up I ate a banana and called it good - ha-ha).
My challenge...intentionally chose to have eyes that see "my enough" and thank the LORD for it...may be journal about it, take pictures of it; but record it somehow.
I would love to hear your Simple Contentment story.


  1. That's funny that you should share a story of Simple Contentment... I had an experience over the weekend, that kind of spoke to me in the same way... I will probably put it up on my blog page. I really don't think I would have seen it the same way if I had not been praying to see things the way God sees things... Back to the point of want, want, want (gosh we all fall into this don't we.) You are so right... satan uses that against us, and can even make the innocent stuff we want, want, want look so good that we really don't realize that what we are doing is wrong. How perceptive of little Boo... it IS coveting... We forget how simple it is to JUST rely on our Father. In church we have been "praising God for what we have... because it is enough." Thanks for getting my thoughts going again Shonni... you are such and instigator :c) An instigator that listens to God... and intigates in ALL the right ways!

  2. Shonni-

    Whata beautiful post and a much needed reminder. Thank you for posting this!


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