Gratitude. I really wanted to write about that because we are in the season of thanksgiving. But the word I kept hearing all week was contentment. Now I think they are similar words, they go together well. I think the main reason is you cannot have one without the other. How can we be thankful and have gratitude if we are not first content? I think the answer is, we can’t.

Anyone else ever played the comparison game? It’s hard not to compare your circumstances with someone else. Social media does not help us out on that front either! I won’t go into all the ways, because we already know. We feel it. I even have had the thought when posting my own picture on social media, my life is not perfect and I hope my pictures and stories don’t reflect only that. But enough of that, you get the idea. Why is being content in our own lives so important? When we are content we have gratitude. When we can be secure in our lives we can love others well. Is this something you’re struggling with right now?

One of the passages that I am holding onto right now is from Isaiah 55:8-11. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

A couple of reasons I take comfort in these verses. His thoughts are not my thoughts… True and thank goodness! One of my daily prayers is, Lord please help me to have Your thoughts, to look at a situation or my circumstances like you would, not on my own accord. His ways are not my ways, and not only that but they are higher than mine. Amen! Amen! Amen! How does that tie into being content? If His ways are better than our ways then He has us right where we are today for a purpose. So, we can rest in that. No comparing to where others are or what they have over us. But to be content right where we are today. Not only that but it goes on to say His word will not return empty, that it will accomplish what HE pleases… and wait for it, will prosper in what HE sends it to do. (my paraphrase, Isaiah 55:11) Prosper. Not just be done but be done well. Flourish if you will. Remember, He talks in abundance. (John 10:10)

In conclusion, I just want to encourage you during this season of thanksgiving to take some steps toward being content first. There is a lot of peace and gratitude waiting for us there!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! {you are welcome to play the comparison game with this cute smiling pic, one child is shoeless and one has a black eye from running into something!}

With love,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *