Greener Pastures

I was milking the other day, and I noticed this one cow. In front of her was a large pile of fresh feed. But she had her head through the stall eating her neighbors pile. And I thought, “How foolish! Her own feed is right in front of her. Why would she steal her neighbors?”

And then I thought of the many times I’d done that. Wished for something someone else had, when right in front of me there was plenty. Philippians 4:11 says,” Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Wow! That’s quite commendable to be able to say that! I don’t know if I’ll ever arrive at that point. But it’s something to work towards. And a content person is so much lovelier to be around.

How about you? Do you struggle to be content? What are some things you do to help you be content? I’d love to hear from you 🙂misc. april 2015 015I hope your week goes well! I have a prayer request. Please pray for a family that lost their young daughter. She is a friend and classmate of my oldest daughter. My heart aches for the family. I just had to think, it could be my daughter. We are not guaranteed another day. So please keep them in your prayers, especially as they have a viewing and funeral to get through this week.

8 thoughts on “Greener Pastures

  1. So so sorry to hear about the loss of your young friend. I’ll be praying for the family as they come to mind. As far as contentment goes, the Holy Spirit does a great job at convicting my soul when I start feeling otherwise, and I usually just tell myself to stop and count my blessings.

  2. Oh, no! This is so sad! I am so sorry your dear daughter lost one of her friends…I can’t imagine how this is affecting her, at her young age. I am praying for her and trusting Jesus to wrap His arms of love around her and also the dear girl’s family during this difficult time. Sorry I am just now reading this…I am so behind in my blog post reading and am trying to catch up some. God bless all of you and hold you close. Also, about the contentment part…I think the key part of that verse is the word “learned” to be content…I don’t think anyone is born knowing that, you know? But, the older I get, the more content I am. I no longer find that I am longing for things I do not have. God fills me so much! And He has been SO good to me in so many ways…I often tell Him in prayer that I only want what I have…and I ask Him to please continue to give me more time with my loved ones. Time becomes our most precious commodity, the older we get. We don’t focus on things so much…just people. For truly, at the end of the day, God and others are all we have…and more time is never guaranteed. A thankful heart breeds true, authentic contentment. 🙂

  3. What great sadness that family must be facing right now. I’ll pray that the Lord will hold them close during this time of loss.
    As for contentment, I don’t have an easy recipe for that, as you know. One thing I did recently that helped me feel more content was to go back in my head and see how my decisions have led to where I am right now and how the Lord has shaped my life for HIS plan, not mine. There are some major blessings in my life right now that happened because God guided me down bumpy roads, and I certainly wasn’t content on the journey. So, in short, looking at the bigger picture and not all the little things has helped me feel more content just for today.

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