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Courageous Contentment

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Have you ever thought to yourself “My life will begin when….”

  • “I finish my education.”
  • “I get married.”
  • “I have a baby.”
  • “I buy a house.”
  • “I get that job.”
  • “I finish that project.”

Do you ever find yourself putting off what you could be enjoying now, because someday, somewhere, around the corner, the RIGHT time will arrive? In the expectation that when your ship comes in, all will be perfect from that day forward. Is your china sitting in the cupboard, untouched? Waiting for a special occasion just special enough to warrant its use? What dresses or shoes sit in the closet, unworn, what perfume unopened, what dishes, or candles, or table linen sits dust-covered and useless because this normal life, in general, just isn’t special enough?

It’s easy to put off our joy for the season we’re in when we’re constantly thinking about where we’re going to be or do next. We worry about what’s next instead of taking the time to be present and mindful about what’s already here.

But God wants us to find joy in our present moments; perhaps all that we are waiting for is right in front of us if we just open our eyes and hearts to take it in.

When we have the courage to live in the now, to take joy in what we have right in front of us instead of longing for what’s coming down the road, that’s when our lives will truly begin.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Thessalonians 5:16-21 NLT

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