Thursday, May 8, 2014

How to find True Contentment

Hello to all of you Happy is a Choice readers! I know you were probably expecting to find Brittany here, but surprise! I am getting the opportunity to take over today, and I am so excited. My name is Rachel, and I blog over at Oh, Simple Thoughts. I write about newlywed life, Jesus, food, and the DIY projects we always seem to be working on. I am really grateful to Brittany for allowing me to write this post. I have had these thoughts swirling around in my head for quite some time now, so I am eager to share and process this together! 


Contentment. 

Can I just be really honest with you guys for a minute? This is such a struggle for me. I find that I am always looking onward to the next thing, and the next thing. Stopping and dwelling in the here and now is difficult for me. Once I graduated from high school I could not wait to get to college. Once I was in college I could not wait to get involved, pledge a sorority, and meet my best friends. Then my mind was on graduation, and marriage...I was so ready to be a wife. Then I became a wife, and now I find myself longing for a baby, a house, a new car, a permanent place to call our home...it NEVER stops. So as I have become more and more aware of this perpetual struggle I have found myself setting out on a quest to find true contentment. I long, deep inside of my heart, to rest, and not want for anything. So here are some thoughts the Lord has given me, through his Word, and the words of others that have helped me in this journey of finding contentment. 



"The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." 
Lamentations 3:25-26

"Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Let your garments always be white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. "
 Ecclesiastes 9:7-8

"But godliness with contentment is of great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content." 
1 Timothy 6:6-8

I read these verses and find myself viewing the world through a different lens. We are only on this earth for a little while, the Bible says our lives are but a vapor... here today and gone tomorrow, so why spend our lives chasing one thing after another. I am seeing that happiness can only be found in the the stopping, the slowing down. Happiness is found in today. I love this quote by Shauna Niequist about this idea...

"Today is your big moment. Moments, really. The life you have been waiting for is happening all around you. The scene unfolding right outside your window is worth more than the most beautiful painting, and the crackers and peanut butter that you're having for lunch on the coffee table are as profound, in their own way, as the Last Supper. This is it. This life, in all its glory, swirling and unfolding around us, disguised as pedantic, pedestrian non-events. But pull off the mask and you will find your life, waiting to be made, chosen, woven, crafted...You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells in you, the true culmination of super and natural. 
You are more than dust and bones.
You are spirit and power and image of God.
And you have been given today." 

Y'all. I cry every time I read that quote. How do we find true contentment? We choose to live this way. Fully alive and partaking of the material world...enjoying the provisions the Lord has given us of bread, good wine, friends, and the littlest of things. We stop throughout the day, and breath in life. We smile at the birds, and little blooms on the trees. We spread joy, and live in TODAY...not tomorrow, or 10 years from now...we stop and live now. That is where contentment is hidden, behind the to do list, and 5 year plan. Contentment is tucked away, waiting to be taken hold of...we must stop and slow down in order to find it, but friends let me tell you...it is there. 

Jesus Christ longs for us to live full lives, that show the world the abundant life he grants us through salvation and adopting us as his child. We were not called to live limited lives through becoming believers!! We are called to live full, content, and joyful lives! 

Let's rest in this truth today, and live fully in joy and contentment! Thanks again Brittany for letting me take over your blog today and share my heart. It was a joy! I hope to connect with some of you over at Oh, Simple Thoughts! Also, I have attached a free printable for you to enjoy and hang up somewhere as a reminder to live for today, and not worry about tomorrow!







6 comments:

  1. Rachel, I just love your heart! You are speaking so much truth to me right now. I don't always realize it but I really do struggle with contentment as well. It's SO hard, especially in our culture, to not want the next thing, whether that's a material item or a next stage in life! When we got married, I couldn't wait to have a house, now that we have a house I can't wait to have a bigger house with a back yard. It's always something and we can seriously blind ourselves of the amazing gifts and blessings that Jesus has already provided for us! If we trust His word that He will provide all that we need, we really shouldn't ever want more than we already have, but that is so tough!

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  2. I really really love this! We just got into a house but we are renting it and I'm constantly talking about when we can either buy this house or buy another. When can we get another dog. When can we have babies. What if my health problems mean we can't have babies? How will we pay for adoption? I struggle so much with contentment and this just so spoke to me! I know God has already provided me with so many amazing things and I just need to learn to rest in it! Thank you, Rachel, for writing this, and Brittany for having her! The two of you are seriously my favorite internet reads.

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  3. I needed to hear these words today. The excitement of planning a wedding and then getting married has really had me struggling now that we are married with, "what exciting thing is next?!" So many of the friends around me are buying houses, having babies, or changing jobs and I'm here thinking I should do one of those things also. I am trying to learn to be content with where I am now and just enjoy this stage of life. It all goes by so fast anyway, why rush to the next thing?

    Ps. So glad I discovered Brittany's blog by following Rachel over here!

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  4. Oh, girl. Tears. How I needed to hear this today! This couldn't be more true...we're totally in the same boat. SUCH truth. And I'm so thankful that the Lord loves us in spite of our never-ending search for "the next thing." He is SO good. I'm going to try my hardest to start living in today and being thankful for where I am.

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  5. Oh this is so lovely. THANK YOU for sharing. I also find myself constantly looking to the next thing- when life is happening right here, right now. Such a beautiful reminder!

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