Monday, January 02, 2012

a new year, a new space.


I hope the holidays have been great for you all! We've had many happy days with friends and family here in Michigan. A few under-the-weather days as well, but we are still glad to be in this cold and (hardly) snowy state that will always be home.

I just wanted to share an encouraging word with you all. I've been reading a daily devotional by Joyce Meyer in the bible application on my iPhone.

That woman is full of truth, challenge, and encouragement. This particular one I wanted to share really sums up what God has been teaching me this last year.

It has really  been life changing choosing to be joyful in all circumstances.

I'm choosing now to keep this mindset in 2012. Hopefully it is a revelation that sticks with me forever. I pray this encourages you all to press on as much as it did me.

Living with Contentment and Satisfaction
The Bible says that godliness accompanied with contentment is great and abundant gain. What I take from that is, a godly person who is content is in the very best place he can possibly be.

Joy doesn't come from having your circumstances in order and under control; it comes from what's in your heart. For example, the world is full of people who have what they think they want, and they're still not happy. In fact, some of the most unhappy people in the world are people who seem to "have it all."

Contentment is not about fame or being well-known, how much money you have, your position at work or your social circle. It's not found in your level of education or what side of the tracks you were born on. Contentment is a heart attitude.

There's nobody happier than a truly thankful person, a truly content person. The word content means 'being satisfied to the point where nothing disturbs you no matter what's going on, but not satisfied to the point that you never want any change.'

We all want to see things get better. But where you are right this minute doesn't have to disturb you. You can choose to believe that God is working and things are changing, and you will see the result of it in due time.

Life is all about the choices we make, so choose contentment and satisfaction every single day of your life. You won't go wrong when you do.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to be content and satisfied with where I am, right here, right now. Give me the strength to choose to be content every single day.

I want my contentment to come from You, not my circumstances. Show me every day that Your plan for me is perfect and that I don't need to worry.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. {1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV)}

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Happy new year all!

Oh, also! It's Tuesday, so for some trivia from my dad.. Happy 86th birthday to George Martin, producer of most Beatles songs. (:

and keep choosing joy. ali

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