Lately, God has been answering my prayers with one thing... contentment.
He's telling me to find contentment about where I am in life with my husband, children, career and job-titles, the city I call home and the structure that is our house, the people we have in our lives, our fiscal circumstances, my medical situation, the time we have together.
I could literally go on and on.
No matter how I pray about these things, no matter what words I use that make me feel I am praying about something other than that on this long list... He just keeps shaking his head... looking at me like maybe I have some kind of hearing-damage He's unaware of, even though that's not possible.
'BE CONTENT.' CONTENT. C-O-N-T-E-N-T.
OK, Lord... I get it! You of all people should know spelling was a forte for me in school. But then, WHY, even as clearly spelled out as He's making His answer for me, am I actually NOT getting it?!
Sure, I know at times I can be a hyper-listener (I think I get that from my sweet mama ... but come on. I really am hearing it. I just don't want to, I suppose.
Did Jesus ever say that contentment was an easy thing? I challenge you to look through your bible and find a book, a verse, a single line where we're promised a content spirit.
OK, now stop wasting your time and go do something more productive because it's not there. In fact, we are absolutely surrounded by the very opposite. Everywhere we look, we are teased, taunted, tormented by the media, society and just the general, worldly mindset that we 'must' acquire *insert earthly possession here* in order to have what we 'need.'
You want to have people's respect? Well, you'd better get yourself into LOADS of debt so you can have that fancy car that will do so. You want to impress people? Well, you'd better buy that brand-new, just-on-the-market technological-device that no one else has yet, even if it means going into more debt.
You want to have more kids or have people over to entertain 'properly?' Well, you'd better move up to that great big house with that great big price-tag, even if it means risking being house-poor and utterly dependent on that monthly paycheck that keeps you working for 12 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Seriously. But no.....SERIOUSLY.
No wonder our nation owes trillions of dollars and no wonder there's such a huge command of nationwide depression.
CONTENTMENT. One. Simple. Word.
The dictionary says: contentment---the chosen state of being satisfied.
The question is not am I listening for God's answer. Oh, I heard it.
The question is when am I going to stop asking him and start heeding what He keeps telling me?
Well, that answer is RIGHT NOW.
How about you?
Hayley Ziebart is married with two sons. Read her Tuesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog at lifesprom.blogspot.com.
Did Jesus ever say that contentment was an easy thing? I challenge you to look through your bible and find a book, a verse, a single line where we\'re promised a content spirit.