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“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” - Pearl S. Buck

Philippians 4:11 (NIV)- am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

The word contentment is sometimes defined as a state of pure satisfaction. You are joyous with all you have, where you are and who you are. It is not something gifted to us at birth. I was awakened to the fact that being content is a learned behavior. Contentment isn't denying your feelings about wanting and desiring what you can't have, it frees you from being controlled by your feelings. It is a learned behavior not to have your emotions and feelings control you.

Jesus tells us to be content with what we have in Matthews 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” This to me means to remain in the present, live one day at a time. Let go of the past and worrying about the future. Be content with having one slice of the pie, you don’t need the entire pie. God provides exactly what you need, not more, not less. Be content with knowing who you are, and whose you are, a child of God perfectly and wonderfully made. And never forget the sacrifice that Jesus made for you.

Today’s verse is a reminder to learn to be content whatever the circumstances. I encourage you today to practice and learn contentment. It is not easy but I know with God’s help, you can do it. Be content!

Dear God,

Thank you for the reminder to learn to be content no matter my circumstances. That I have all I need. I pray that all your children find the strength to learn contentment, control their feelings and emotions and find peace no matter their circumstances. That they remember they lack nothing. I ask this in your son Jesus’ name. Amen!

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