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The journey of contentment (in a world of MORE)

I can hardly believe that it's been 4 months since my last blog post. So much has changed in our lives since welcoming Nehemiah into our arms and so much is constantly changing with having a toddler and a baby. Every day is different even though our days are spent at home. We are a one car family. (Anyone else out there?) I've been challenged greatly to embrace the quiet season I'm in with my children. I don't have a calendar of places we're going or things we're doing outside the home because that's just not our season right now. And I'm finally okay with that (most days).

I was listening to a podcast the other day and something incredibly profound was spoken by the couple. They mentioned that the best way for the enemy to distract God's people is to get them focused wholeheartedly on the future. The future raises a lot of question marks and with that comes a lot of fear and anxiety. The past proves God's faithfulness to us and from the past, we can draw faith for our present circumstances.

Over and over again in scripture we are commanded to trust in the Lord and not look to our own understanding. Over and over again we are commanded to not worry about the future. Over and over again we are commanded to be still and know that He is God.

Contentment is probably one of the most difficult lessons to learn. I know we all could say an amen to that. Learning to be content in all things is so challenging when we constantly want more - when TODAY - the present - is not good enough for us.

Philippians 4:11-13

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.

You see, first, I have to acknowledge that Christ is enough for me in my present moment. My present moment can look chaotic or simple or plentiful or sad or disappointing or joyful...He is with me NOW. And He will be with me tomorrow. But THIS MOMENT is where my mind and hearts needs to be.

At the turn of the new year, I have found myself in much different place than I anticipated. Maybe it's because of the newborn life (for you moms who understand) or maybe a combination of how my mindset it changing. Regardless, I want 2023 to be marked by my continued "yes" to the Lord. I want to live each day with surrender at the forefront. I want to learn the secret of being content in all things - to know that I truly can do this through Christ who is my strength.

**I don't have any big plans, yet, for Noble Living Co. I'm still giving myself time and space to adjust...and I'm really okay with that. The Lord knows...and I know He will give me guidance when the time is right. However, you can expect a blog or two every month for the time being =)

Blessings to you friend and may the Lord overwhelm you with his peace today.


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