I posted a facebook status that said: "'...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 can do everything through Him who gives me strength.' Phil 4:11-13 Content = an awesome thing to be :-)"
A friend replied: "Can you teach me????????????"
(Admittedly, the very first thing that popped into my head was, "I could teach you, but I'd have to charge". I refrained from responding in kind;-)
Content - adj
1. mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
2. assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc.
3. peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
Check, check, and check.
When did I begin to feel content? Just a couple of days ago. It's okay to laugh. I am!
Because last year, right around this time...I was in the hospital. Cardiac floor. A few abnormal tests earned me a comfortable bed, my own nurse, and lots of sticky stuff...all stuck to me. I was pulling glue out from bad places for days. It was a reminder that I've received some of my biggest blessings and learned some of my best lessons in times of trial.
My health taught me a long time ago that my prayer life isn't the equivalent of a glorified Christmas list. I won't get everything I want, but I'll have everything I need. And I do have all of that:-) Sadly, I just forget that detail from time to time.
I think I'll keep this post handy so that, when I get all wrapped up in myself and feel emotionally overloaded, I can remind myself of how peaceful I felt as I wrote it. And surely I will say, "okay, who got ahold of my password and wrote that, 'cause it couldn't have been me!"
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make a dark berry smoothie. It's the closest thing I've got in the freezer to a milkshake.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Phil 4:11-13