Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Contentment Anyway


This week my friend, Donna posted this on Facebook, “Contentment frees you to enjoy every good thing God has given you. Contentment demonstrates your belief that God loves you and has your best interest in mind.—Blackaby.”

She went on to say, “I’m so very grateful for the contentment, joy and peace that come from my personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Her post caused me to think about the meaning of contentment and its results which brought back some memories of a trip I took to Tybee Island with one of my daughters and my granddaughter.

We had a wonderful time on the island, but we also enjoyed our two trips into Savannah. We toured the lovely old city and enjoyed the history of the homes and gardens, and of course, we visited Paula Dean’s restaurant.

Following the standard protocol, we left our name with the hostess and received our designated time to return for our meal.  We walked around a few blocks, returned to browse the Paula Dean shops, waited in line for twenty or thirty minutes before we joined the buffet line.

Fried chicken, creamed potatoes, an assortment of vegetables and hot breads were piled high on the heated trays before the invasion of hungry tourists swarmed the fare that ended at a massive dessert table.

We joined right in and ate until our appetites were sated, and as we sipped our sweet tea my daughter wiped her mouth and said, “That would have been amazing if I hadn’t eaten Grandmother Elizabeth’s Sunday dinners.”

As the granddaughter of a Southern cook, she was accustomed to massive amounts of good food so she was less impressed with Paula’s spread.

Recalling her comment I realized contentment makes it harder for the world to impress you.

Last year we took a beach trip with some of the grandkids and on a trip to the grocery the youngest made a comment about heaven.  At first it seemed random, but from the rest of the conversation I understood it wasn’t random at all.

He was at a beautiful place, having fun with people he loved, and his contentment led to heavenly thoughts.

It’s easier to be content when everything is peachy, but in Philippians 4:11 Paul was writing as a prisoner and still said he could be content.

Several nights ago I had a long conversation with a precious young lady who said, “You know, I really love my life.”

I know some of the challenges she faces yet she changes what she has the power to change; sees the best in the rest and is content.

In her journal Mother wrote, “If you understand then things are just as they are. If you don’t understand, things are still just as they are. (Mike CollinsGuidepost 2007)”

Life isn’t perfect – I understand that, but finding contentment in the imperfect is really a blessing.

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Contentment Anyway

  1. I’m with you. The supernatural gift of free will is so under estimated and under used. People become like a leaf in the wind, finding peace and joy in the circumstances of another day. We have a choice in how we perceive our world and circumstances. I think it starts with fear of the Lord. When we revere our Father in the right way and realize all things are either caused or allowed by Him, it should bring a change in perspective that allows us to have peace in all things. Great post and reminder.


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