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How to Ease Our Discontent

ease our discontentIt has been a very unsettling year, dealing with the coronavirus, and the fallout rippling effects of teaching children at home, massive unemployment, and cabin fever! We all seem to be getting to that point where we cannot take much more. And yet, with no end in sight, we most likely will deal with this coronavirus for some time to come. So, how might we ease our discontent and find contentment in these challenging times?

Ease Our Discontent

One way to ease our discontent is to learn how to make do with less. If, like my household, you have an unemployed loved one. because of COVID-19, well, then money is tighter than normal. Consider this: You save money on the Continue reading

How to Seek Contentment When Feeling Discontent

seek contentmentHave you ever given much thought to the cause of your discontent? Might it stem from jealousy, where you wish you had what others have?  Or perhaps, it stems from despair, as a result of a loss of hope. When feeling discontent, it’s time to seek contentment. How so?

Steps to Seek Contentment

Step 1: Start by taking stock of all your blessings. I start each day thanking God for my husband, our faith, hope and love for each other, for our good health, and the list goes on. You get the point. Count your blessings. Gratitude has a way of lifting your spirits.

Step 2: Stop looking at life through the lens of your neighbor and open your Continue reading

New Year Brings Change, Like It or Not

New Year Brings Change, Like It of NotOut with the old, in with the new! As we welcome the promise of the New Year, let us not forget all that God provides. Everything God gives us is a gift, right down to every breath we take.

Many times when we experience struggle and illness, we want to push the pain away as soon as we can, and forget the incident. Out of sight – out of mind! We certainly do not consider struggle and illness as gifts coming from God! However, that is not necessarily true. Even times of difficulty can be a gift from God. It is at these times that He graces us with opportunity to grow closer to Him. No – He does not Continue reading

Envy will Disappoint You – Every Time! Be Content!

envy We continue with the second installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss envy.

How many times have you wished that you could buy a fancy new car like the neighbors? Or take a vacation to an exotic place like some friend? Or get a big raise, like your older sibling just got? It is not wrong to want these things too. However, when you begin to resent these people for what they have that you do not, then you become envious. When you allow envy to take hold in your heart, you only set yourself up for disappointment and sorrow – every time! Rather than counting one’s blessings, the envious person counts Continue reading

Practice Contentment – Can that be done?

Practice Contentment

Practice contentment? Can that really be done? Yes! To effectively practice contentment, first take stock of what you find to be most important. Is it your home, your car, your job, etc.; those tangible things of this world? Or is it love of family and friends, good health, a strong faith, and hope in Christ; the intangible things of this life? Do you count your blessings frequently? If not, then start doing so.

Second, consider looking for the excess in your life, and where feasible, give those excess goods away to someone or some organization in need; your burden will be light. When you give you will find that you get more back in return – you become content.

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True Contentment: A Virtue Worth Embracing Wholeheartedly

True Contentment 3Embracing true contentment requires us to make a conscious disassociation with the dependence on material goods. Sounds difficult, doesn’t it? Yet, if we are to obtain true contentment, then we must place our dependence on God. We must believe that He will provide all that we need, to get us through this life.

As Christians, we are the living example of hope in Christ. If we are too busy putting our stock in material goods, rather than faith in God, then how do you think we come across to non-believers? If we are not satisfied with what the Lord provides, then where is our trust and faith in God as a living example to others? Why Continue reading

Do you want to experience contentment?

ContentmentContentment is independence from material goods; being satisfied and grateful for what we have, not seeking to obtain excessive material goods (like that sporty new car or oversized new house). Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. (often seen on the Dr. Oz show) shown in the video clip below, says this about contentment:

“Contentment is an inner feeling of satisfaction that’s really not dependent on external factors.”

Check out what Dr. Weil has to say regarding contentment:



So what would make you content in your inner life? For me it is the strength of my faith, the hope of my salvation in Christ Jesus, and the love of God, my husband, family and friends. Faith – Hope – Love – Continue reading