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The Secret of Contentment


I came home from vacation with such a sense of thankfulness for the incredible time away and all the marvelous experiences.  I was happy to be back in the arms of my husband and to see my dog. But there was this little twinge of discontentment when I thought of all my same old stuff.  Because my cousin is so travel and budget savvy, we stayed in some really nice places.  And I gotta be honest, I took some of the longest showers of my life.  The bathrooms in those fancy hotels were luxurious!!  While I was thrilled to be home all I could think of is how much I'd love to renovate my bathroom, to have it more sleek and modern.  That is, until I turned on the shower this morning and I realized how much I appreciate the familiar.  The feeling of home was not existent in all the places I just traveled to. I thought of George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life. "Oh, look at this wonderful old drafty house..." His heart had turned to gratitude for all the things he had, rather than discontentment. The apostle Paul recognized that as well. In Philippians he writes, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

I don't know what areas you may need to discover contentment in, but I pray the Lord will flood you with it today! 

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