Resolved To Be Content, part I
Something that God seems to be reminding me of quite often is that I am meant to be content throughout my life. When you consider the scripture Hebrews 13:5, you may begin to realize that simple truth as well. “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I forsake you.’” God is sweetly reminding me that He is enough for me. He is the only one I need to be content in my life.
The truth is that we are never in control of our lives, but most of us like to think we are. God could yank you into Eternity in the next 2 minutes and all will you may have to keep yourself on Earth will be in vain; God is in control. Becoming a NAVY wife has been nothing but change. I feel like our military life plan changes so often and he’s only in boot camp! Anyway, I’m learning that being content with my life is a necessity, especially now that we’re a military family. My home’s address will change every few years and if I am not content with my life, this lifestyle will become very overwhelming. God will never leave me or forsake me, no matter where I am on this globe. In a world with so much change, it’s comforting to know that God stays the same.
With Kyle away in boot camp, it would be so easy for me to want to rush this season. Many people try to offer words of comfort to me by saying “Oh, it will go by fast. Don’t worry, his graduation date will be here sooner than you think.” I’m starting to realize that I need to enjoy my life without my husband and not be anxious for these weeks to be over. God has given me this time on earth right now and if I dwell in the fact that Kyle’s away then I am missing out on His promises for my life today! As a child of God, I have the right to be happy and content with and without my husband. Please don’t mistake this attitude as me not missing Kyle, because I do! But my life must go on and I resolve to be content with Jesus and the life he has given me, no matter my circumstances.
I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. I know both how to have a little, and how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content – whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to all things through Him who strengthens me.
God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
One of the most powerful things I have taken from The Resolution for Women is the following passage:
“The more you believe God’s grace to you is overflowing, the more you will be convinced that you will always have everything you need. And the more certain you are that you will never lack, the more willing and able you’ll be willing to give of yourself and your resources when called for because you’ll be certain that God will replenish your supply. You can bank on that. Your God can be trusted to grant to you the supply you need to excel at His purposes. So if you don’t have it – whatever it is – it’s because you don’t need it. You may want it, but it is not necessary to accomplish what He knows is most important for your life today. Otherwise He would have given it to you. He loves you too much to ‘withhold the good from those who live in integrity’” (page 20-21).
What a revelation of the heart of my God. He is more than enough, supplies more than enough, and gives me everything that I need. And, he doesn’t give things to me that won’t benefit me. As a NAVY wife, this delivers immense comfort to me. Nothing in my military life is guaranteed, but I can rest in the truth that God’s provision is. And that provides much needed contentment for my soul.