ContentmentNew Every Morning | September 27, 2018
Contentment is the quiet, gentle sister of happiness.
She’s the one who fades into the background
when her rollicking sisters—
Joy, Pleasure and Amusement—
are in the room.
Ambition, Pride, and Envy—
underestimate her strength and worth.
Neither showy nor loud,
she waits quietly
for those who will notice
the treasure of peace and fulfillment she offers.
– Alive Now
From “Contentment” by Dorothy Johnson, page 36 in Alive Now, July/August 2015. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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James 5:13, NRSV
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Thankful Andrea had a wonderful trip to New England and a safe journey home. Tazzie was rescued from the cupboard, hope the dishes are ok despite the havoc. Made good progress with the boiler on the Bismarck, it now fits, the model looks more complete.
Don’t think it takes much for me to be content. I’m thankful for that. A place to live, food to eat, transportation, and the resources to make life possible and I’m content. Thank You, Lord.
Prayers for Gloria and Larry, Marcy, Julie, Mary, Betsy, Connie, Andrea, and Lou as well as all who come to the UR. Prayers for areas hit by natural disaster. May God’s wisdom and guidance be with all the world’s leaders and governments.
Oh contentment – the priceless joy of peace inside, no need to strive, yet an awareness of what is necessary on my part and full submission to The Divine.
Father – You have given me an immense measure of contentment in so many areas and so many ways. May I find contentment in how mom’s condition is impacting both of my parents as they continue to navigate this. I know You’ve got this, I do trust that…despite feebly wavering at times. Beckon me closer still, to Your side.
Grateful for sunshine breaking through the thick clouds yesterday afternoon and the time to watch my god daughter’s last tennis match of the season. Grateful for the unassuming quietness of her brother, who continues to grow like a weed – he is now taller than me. Grateful for busy days at school – keeping my mind busy with tasks and working with students.
A beautiful peachy/rosy sky this morning – handiwork of Our Great God.
I am a simple person. As long as i live in peace and my basic needs are met, i am contented.
Thank you God for the joy of contentment!
Blessings to all and may all be well!
God answered prayers almost immediately. What a powerful God we serve.
The above answered prayers.
No aches and pains on awakening.
A furnace waiting to be turned on soon.
Blessings to all.
Connie, we must do our daily devotional reading at the same time each day because often our comment show up on my feed at the same time. So I am thankful for my sister in Christ who helps me feel that I am a member of an early morning study group. I feel less lonely because of you, thank you…
And I, because of you, dear Julie. May your weekend be full of blessings.
I, too, have always been content with the basic daily needs. However, my contentment has been shattered by the uncertainty with which I now live. The uncertainty of my future and how to meet my basic needs has robbed my soul of the contentment I once falsely believed was mine. I continue to be thankful for your prayers and suggestions.
Prayers for Robrt, Erich, and Anneliese. May Robert find time to continue work on his trains.
Prayers for Jill, Gloria, and Larry and the cancer that looms large over thier lives. May God indeed have a plan regarding this disease and this family.
Prayers for Mary and her simple life of contentment in Singapore. Mary’s life is a testament to sharing of talents to help others.
Prayers for Andrea and the volatile situation with her daughter. I pray, Lord, that You show Andrea that she needs to seek help with her emotional health.
Prayers for Marcy and Lucy. God, please hold Marcy in Your arms and comfort her today.
Prayers for all UR family members
Thank you for your prayers. I had an answered prayer yesterday – my daughter called me and I talked to her and my grandson. I am seeing them today. I am grateful that she has been busy with getting started on the process for getting her professional licensure in Minnesota. This “episode” of her backing away from me – after finding fault – with me has resolved rather than escalated. It seems like growth. Julie, I do see a therapist on occasion, someone I worked closely with for a few years after my mother died. She helps me deal with the periodic difficulties in the relationship with my daughter. My daughter had a very difficult childhood and I realize it still affects her, sometimes more intensely. I think there may be a correlation with when I am gone on a trip.
I agree with the reflection about the value of quiet contentment. Along with this, the value of striving for “a life well lived” rather than measuring one’s life by achievement, money, or fame.
I am grateful to be home, to be seeing my daughter today, for autumn, for UR friends, for quiet moments with my husband.
Blessings and prayers.
Philippians 4:11-13 New International Version (NIV)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I thought of Paul when I read today’s reflection. What a life he lived and the writings he shared. I have memorized verse 13, but did not realize it came after the verses on contentment. I will now strive to memorize verses 11 and 12 to connect all of his thoughts. Paul is one of my heroes!!
Blessings to my UR family today and always!!