6.17.2014

In the Word Tuesday: Contentment

Before I dive into today's post, I wanted to share a little change to our In the Word Tuesday link-up. The link-up will now be called "In the Word Link-up." This will allow you to link up with any of your posts from that week! As before, the content is totally up to you- no prompts. We just want to know how God is working in your heart! The change will take place July 1st! Spread the word on social media using the tag #inthewordlinkup. 


As I have mentioned about 100 times by this point, I am currently working through the Kelly Minter study, "No Other God's" with Lauren. This past week really rocked me. One of the sessions was focused on jealousy. We read through the story of Rachel and Leah in Genesis. I have read this story many times, usually interpreting it as being related to jealousy and some weird love triangle. However, this study has given me a completely different outlook on the story.

Kelly points out that both Rachel and Leah wanted something they couldn't have. Rachel wanted children, and Lead wanted the love of Jacob. "Both believed that their answer lay with someone other than God." And even though Rachel eventually got what she wanted (a son), she still ran to false gods.

This got me thinking a lot about contentment. Society tells us that we should always be working towards the next best thing. Whether that is a job, bigger house, nicer car, children, or whatever. The world tells us we should always be striving for the next best thing. I have completely internalized this. I used to think: oh my life will be so perfect when M and I are finally engaged and I get into the graduate program of my dreams. Wrong. Those things made me happy, but only temporarily. Now, don't get me wrong I LOVE being engaged and I LOVE my graduate program, but these things do not complete me in the way I had assumed they would. And STILL I catch myself thinking: things will be even better when we are married and I have my PhD. But that is not truth. Jesus is the only one that can fulfill my longing and my desires.

I will never be content if I continue trying to find fulfillment in things of this world. It will never be enough. It doesn't matter if I have everything I think I want or need because without God I will be left hungry and desiring more ALWAYS.

I don't want to be like Leah or Rachel. I want to give my life to God because he knows the longings of my heart. He knows what will fulfill me- HIM.

I want to place my trust completely in God knowing that where I am right now is exactly where He wants me. THIS is His big plan for me. I am living it RIGHT NOW. If I keep desiring more I will never love and appreciate the things He has done to get me where I am TODAY. How convicting, encouraging, and hard to deal with all at the same time.

How is God working in your heart this week? Are you struggling with being content where you are?
 
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6 comments :

  1. Good stuff, Cassie! I definitely struggle with it...mostly with where I am in life. When I was single, I wanted to be married. While I don't have kids, I want to be a mother. Contentment is a tough and something I constantly struggle with. Funny thing about the house though...we're wanting to sell our "big" house and move into a smaller one and everyone is always like "why?!" We just want to simplify and be out of debt and we're happy with smaller. :)


    I'm going to have to do this study now. Sounds awesome and like you're learning so much!

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  2. What a good thing to reflect on. I think this is something I always need work on. Society influences our thoughts more than we think. I definitely find myself always thinking things will be better when. I need to stop. I needed this post today, thank you!

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  3. I want to do this study too! Let's do it together!

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  4. Okay!! :) Let's do it, Kendra! Want to work on getting it in the next week or so??

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  5. You're very welcome! I'm excited you're going to do the study with Kelli, it's a good one!

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  6. It's a great one, can't wait to see what you learn from it!!! I can totally relate to everything you said hahah

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