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Contentment For Today

TODAY’S VERSE
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
Dr. David Berceli in his book, The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process, writes about trauma: “It is not the events that hurt us, it is our reaction to the events.” He defines stress as the reaction to having things happen in our life that we don’t want happening. We try to avoid them or fight against them and this causes stress. He differentiates this from anxiety. He teaches that anxiety is when we don’t have what we want so rather than live in the “now” we complain, regret and then strive and connive about our future. Either way, we are ignoring the life lessons and opportunities God has for us in the now. By avoiding today with its problems, the stress and anxiety remain unresolved. We have not learned about God’s provision of grace and courage and so we become more vulnerable for the next bout of stress. As this is repeated we create a habit of discontentment and our stress rises to a toxic level. Paul faced his situation leaning on the love of God. He learned to trust God in the pain and gained the strength and mastery he needed to press on. He learned how to be content. Likewise, if we face our situations in life and embrace them, God will help us bounce back and gain more capacity for resilience. Paul said it this way, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” God promises you the same. Today, embrace this day and face your circumstances with faith, hope, and courage, believing that God will get you through.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, You know how discontent I get. I complain about the situations I am in and constantly strive for a different future. Meanwhile, precious days go by. Help me to live today with full awareness of Your presence. Help me get everything You have for me today. Help me to be content in You, I pray. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I have learned to be content
Go to a quiet, peaceful place in your imagination and invite God to meet you there. Sit and sense His presence. Picture His mighty power and His boundless love for you. As you relax, think about today. What are you feeling? Are you feeling anxious, angry or sad? As you sense your attitude, give it to God. Ask Him to bless today. Turn your thoughts toward being content today and living today to its fullness. Invite God to make you aware of His presence and to be your guide, giving you all the peace, joy and contentment you need for this day.

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Clothe Me With Joy

TODAY’S VERSE
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!”
Psalms 30:11-12

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We go through seasons. Good times, bad times, times of sorrow and times of joy. I went through a season of depression and this passage from Psalms brought me comfort many times. I identified with David when he wrote in this same passage, “I cried out to you, O LORD. I begged the Lord for mercy.” I knew that God knew what I was going through so I claimed that He would turn my mourning into joyful dancing. I took solace when David wrote, “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Through time, prayer, and counseling, the Lord did bring me to the other side. What are you mourning? What has broken your heart? What has you depressed or distraught? Bring it to Him today. I would not trifle with your sorrow. I would not minimize your pain. I only come today to offer you hope. Only God can turn your mourning into dancing. That may seem so far from where you are right now, but it is not too far for God. Light slowly penetrates the back of a dark cave. The sound of laughter at camp seems so faint when you are in the back side of the forest. But know this, there is light for you. There will be joy for you in the morning. I pray that God’s grace will fill you with this truth and complete a healing process in you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Father, I don’t even know how to pray for my sorrow. I don’t know how to release the deep pain I feel. I come today crying out for your mercy. I thank you that weeping may last into the night but joy will come in the morning. Holy Spirit, I give you my heart, mend it, bring it back to life with your breath of love. Please begin a process in me to turn my mourning into dancing.
AMEN

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Contentment

TODAY’S VERSE
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”’
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some things are better than gold! Who of us hasn’t dreamed of being rich beyond our imagination? It is the dream that is portrayed over and over again on television, in the movies and the pages of books throughout the world. Money, fame, power; these seem to be the things that so many strive for. And yet today’s passage proclaims loud and clear just the opposite. It tells us to live our lives “free from the love of money and be content with what we have.” Why would the author suggest that? Why would anyone write something so contrary to human reasoning unless it is true or he has something better to offer? In this case the author of Hebrews has both. He was telling the truth. When all is said and done, contentment, peace, joy and love are the true treasures of life. Money can help with this, but the “love of money” is something else. It is an addiction, an unreasonable, irrational obsession with something that gives false hope. Drugs never satisfy long-term, neither will the love of money. When will you ever have enough? When will you ever be able to say “no” to the irrational obsession that the love of money creates? So what does the author suggest we really seek after? Jesus Himself. It is Jesus who promises to never leave us, to never forsake us. He is the one who can really fill our heart with love, give us the purpose, peace and satisfaction that we were created for. It is Jesus that your soul is looking for. Today, turn to Him. Bring your longings to Jesus and let Him begin to satisfy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for giving me everything I need to be content in this world. I accept You as the Lord of my life and dedicate myself to following You.
AMEN

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Contentment

TODAY’S VERSE
“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.”
Philippians 4:12 (NIV)

TODAY’S MESSAGE
These have always been hard verses for me to live. Paul was able to write them with confidence because he poured out his life as a sacrifice for Christ. I look at my life and see so much to improve on. Today, I met someone who exemplified these words in a powerful way. Her name is Onix. She is in her mid-forties and has been in a wheelchair most of her life. She did not let that stop her from graduating from Moody Bible Institute and becoming a youth leader instructor and gifted Sunday School teacher. She has always been a vibrant witness for Christ. For the last five years she has needed the help of a ventilator and has been bed-bound with only partial use of her hands. She taught herself how to talk so she could continue to witness for Christ. A few years ago she started to paint using her mouth to hold the brush. She glows as she talks about what she has learned about God through this and the opportunities she has to share her faith. Her faith is contagious. Her attitude is amazing. I pray that I will be able to pattern my life after her faith. Today, let us thank God for our circumstances. Let us live out the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my lack of faith. Help me live content in the fact that I am Your child and You know all about me and my circumstances. Help me to see life through your eyes and trust Your never ending love for me.
AMEN

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