Contentment with the Love of God

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.  ~Philippians 4:12

It’s easy to apply this concept when our children are asking for the latest and coolest gadget, or want to go or do the same things their friends are doing for the summer.  But, what about for you?  As a single mom, do you ever find yourself wishing for a better job, more money, a newer or more dependable car, wanting to go on a vacation or a break from the constant onslaught of what being a single mom demands?

I know it’s tough.  There have been many days when I didn’t even want to put on the armor and face what lies ahead.  But, God…

I can’t tell you exactly when it happened.  All I know is at some point in my faith walk the Lord showed me how to just be happy and content with who I am, where I am, and what we have now.  I realized so many people around us had things so much worse than what we did, no matter how bad our problems or needs seemed.

This doesn’t mean you don’t/can’t have ambition or goals, or that you don’t expect God to refine you and bless you.  It just means you will not allow yourself to become discontent with the blessings you have been afforded now.  You choose to enjoy and embrace the spot where you have been chosen to bloom.  You focus on what you have, not what you don’t have.

Paul wrote the scripture from Philippians above when he was in prison.  He had endured beatings, hunger, and all sorts of persecution.  He learned how to appreciate God’s eternal perspective on our momentary troubles.  God’s wisdom has put you where He ordained you to be.

Your greatest blessing is the love of God.  And, that is really all you need.

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  1. This is beautiful. Today is my 54th birthday, and this is the first thing I am reading this morning. What a beautiful way to wake up. It really applies to all of us. I have been a single mom just trying to survive. I have been happily remarried for many years now, my children are grown, but sometimes we can still loose sight of what is really important. If we keep our eye on God and what we have received, we can then count our blessings. You wrote it so perfectly. Thank you for such a wonferful gift this morning.

  2. Hi Aunt Apple,
    I just wanted to let you know that I posted a link from my blog to this post today. I listed your blog in the post Favorite Blogs of the Week 2. I posted a comment to you, and so appreciate your writing. Your are an inspirational women, and I can’t wait to read more of what you write. You can find the link at I hope that it helps draw more people to your blog.
    Walking in Faith with a Fellow Sister.
    Debi Bolocofsky

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