To stay true to the theme of Living Simply Saturday, I need to keep this post short and sweet, to stay focused on what is most important for me today (that being the needs of my family above taking more time to blog!).
This week’s chapter in From Clutter to Clarity is on contentment, as Nancy begins to address the heart issues that add clutter to our lives and get in the way of simplicity. I thought it was perfect timing, to reread this chapter this week, as just last week my ladie’s group was discussing the issue of contentment and I realized how much I’m struggling with it these days.
Here’s one quote from the book that I thought was particularly good,
“Just like other unhealthy thoughts that litter our minds discontentment is a form of clutter Satan uses to throw us off course. Our enemy loves luring us into this kind of inward focus so we won’t have an upward focus. Life is filled with so many things we will never understand- things we were never meant to understand. Discontentment is counterproductive because it causes us to waste precious time and energy asking “Why?” in situations for which there are no answers.” (bold mine)
I find it so easy to be distracted by a discontent heart. To begin to moan over job or financial situations, or a season of being too busy and tired, or having to deal with challenging relationships, or not being able to buy something that I would like, or wanting to control if and when we will have more children, or having to wait to buy a house or move to the country…
I’m so quick to look at what I don’t have and what I want (instead of all that I have and ought to be thankful for), and my eyes are often diverted from looking upwards, towards my Savior. I lose my Kingdom focus, and instead become focused on the very small and insignificant “kingdom of Stephanie” (What? You mean you’ve never heard of it??? But it’s such a very important kingdom!)
The discussion of our ladie’s group last week centered around one of the best talks I’ve ever heard on contentment, by a lady named Janis Shank. I was so blessed to realize that I had written a detailed post about it while it was still very fresh in my mind, so I will leave you with that post, full of the wisdom that God has graciously given Janis to share.
Have a blessed weekend, enjoying your families and worshipping the God of hope, who gives all good gifts and never changes. Let us cultivate contentment in Him alone!