Updated: May 28, 2021
Contentment: A state of happiness and satisfaction. Before my walk got serious with God I was very discontent. I was not happy and constantly comparing myself to others physically, spiritually, and financially. "Their car looks better than mine." "She's slimmer than me." "Her place looks nicer than mine." "They're more intellectual than me."
All of these were key weapons the enemy would use to make me believe that what I had wasn't enough or that I was inadequate or unqualified. This also led to my joy being diminished when God would finally bless me with something I prayed for. The sad part was I couldn't even enjoy the blessing in full because I was still looking at what everyone else had.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
Those thoughts and even imaginations caused me to be anxious for the things I did not have, I would receive one blessing and then be itching to see what was next. I was so focused on trying have what others had that I completely forgot that I could pray and make my request known to God for whatever I wanted. Trusting that if it was God's Will it would come to pass. I had to take a look in the mirror and literally ask God to fix my heart posture. I needed to invite God in to be the ruler of my life and believe that whatever He blessed me with was not only good but enough!
I'm sharing this because often times we look at other peoples lives and admire and even desire to have what others have, and we can get caught up in comparison believing that God loves everyone more than He does us because of their blessings. But God's love for us is immeasurable and cannot be compared to the value of possessions. I truly want to encourage you today to start appreciating what God has already blessed you with. God loves you so much that John 3:16 tells us that He sent His only begotten son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. He loves you that much sis, so knowing this ask yourself what good thing would He withhold from you?
The truth is our own hearts can be so deceptive and wicked as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. To the point that what we believe we want can actually be deception from our own fleshly desires. This is why its so important monitor our thoughts, be consistent in what we pray for and also remember what we prayed for even journal it. Write it down in your heart because God does not forget what you pray for. Also send prayers up for all saints for we all are struggling in life with something difficult or too complex to explain. You are never alone in your seasons.
Sis you've probably been in a season where it was hard for you to be content with what you had or have. If so what did you do to overcome this obstacle? Encourage someone today. Be sure to leave a comment!
Until Next time sis,