Posted by Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

Being Content


I have a goal for this next year, well OK maybe it's more of a dream! My husband has enough time in his work that he could retire,but in reality he is not really ready to stay home 7 days a week. My dream is for both of us to work only 4 days a week instead of 5. In doing so we would have a tremendous cut in pay. So I think to myself what could I do without to achieve this dream. Would I be able to pay my bills, buy food, gas. I would have to take the meaning of content to a whole new level.

Philippians 4:11-13
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 everything through him who gives me strength.


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29 comments

You have selected a wonderful Scripture to ponder and pray over. Your dream is one that requires much prayer and serious thought. The final decision may not be made on how content you may be but how hard it will be to survive in today's world. A few additional years of hard work and wise investing may make a "world" of difference in how you feel in retirement.

May 15, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I think most of us have to work on being content where we are right now. Good post.

May 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Wonderful post, Ginger! I'm sure you will receive your answer as you pray toward that end. Love the photo you've shared! Have a wonderful Sunday.

Blessings,
Sandi

May 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

You will never be sorry for trusting God completely and not your own ability.

May 15, 2010 at 12:48 PM

God will lead you to make the right decision. Sometimes we have our own agenda, asking to do His will is what's important. "...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." (Jer. 29:11). God bless you, Ginger and Clif.

May 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Ginger - God will lead and direct you in this decision. You have chosen a wonderful passage of Scripture on which to meditate.

Blessings to you,
Joan

May 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Hi Ginger,
I just read Clif's comment. I couldn't have said it better. He gives wise advice. I know you will both pray about it and God will lead you in the right direction.
Blessings,
Charlotte

May 15, 2010 at 3:53 PM

A little bit of panic and anger set in as a union rep nurse barged in this morning telling the news to us [nurses] that a possible cut in retirement benefits [big chunk]is looming on the discussion table. There are just so many unpredictable changes in this world that I'm just grateful for one thing...that our God doesn't change. May the Lord guide you with His wisdom sister and may He bless you and hubby richly. Have a great week!

May 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

This portion of scripture has come to me so much to me. I love how Paul says he LEARNED to be content. It is a day to day lesson.

May 15, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I took a cut in pay b/c I wanted to make sure I was giving my kids my values and they weren't getting someone else's. He has always provided us...in fact we have more than we need. Being content is something I do struggle with. I always want to reach for the stars...but having the time off..has helped me to be more content than ever.

May 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM

LOVE the picture!! What a great reminder to be content. If we have Jesus, we have everything we will ever need!

I hope your dream comes true!

May 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Ginger, I'm hoping this works out for you. Life is short!

May 15, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Hello Ginger, Yes you can do all things, and He does strengthen you. Since retiring I don't have the money I did but what the heck. We only buy a take-way meal about one a week, cooking isn't hard...cheaper and probably more nourishing. God is good. As long as you are with the one you love, what more could you ask. The important things in life are free. God Bless you so much.

May 15, 2010 at 10:50 PM

to be content without stuff is an amazing gift from God... =]

May 15, 2010 at 11:11 PM

This is truly one of my very very favorite verses in the bible. I just love it so much. It brings so much comfort. Being content is not always so easy as it seems. But, if we can find a way to be truly content with what we have we have such peace in our lives.

May 16, 2010 at 6:32 AM

What a perfect and encouraging Bible verse to rely on. One of my favorites through the years! Praying for y'all for wisdom and guidance step by step. God is awesome and He will do it. :) Have a blessed week!

May 16, 2010 at 8:50 AM

You have used wonderful verses to ponder and pray over. What is best for you and your husband ~that decision will come as God guides you.... We have pondered the same with both of us challenged by illness...God is directing us to His perfect timing and He will do the same for you too!
You are in my prayers...

May 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I am praying that you are able to do that! I agree with Sarah. I think you will be content in so many more ways than you are now!

May 16, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Great quote and intention! Oh....content! I want the same...yet...keep striving to be in God's will to "do"...I think the paradox is there....I pray to know when to be content and when to "do"... discernment is my desire...

Thank-you for this thought-provoking post Ginger!

love,kelee

May 16, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Praying that your dream will be realized. Thank you for sharing about it. God bless you.

May 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Ginger, in a way I also sat at this crosswalk in life. However it is my husband that works (my work is mostly done in house) and ready to retire. We too are asking for God's directions. I am reminded of something my mom use to say often. "It's only stuff and you can't take it with you."

As I pray for direction in our lives I will remember to lift you and Cliff up as well.

May 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM

God bless you in your decision. May he give you both perfect peace.

May 16, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Hi Ginger,

First, I want to tell you how much I love the look of your blog...it's bautiful and serene..I so enjoy visiting here.

And I love the scripture that you've shared today...to be content where we are is so difficult for most of us. Even if we conquer it, we seem to walk right out of it again. I know the Lord will give your the answers that will give you peace and contentment, whatever it may be. There is much to consider, so take your time. I have become discontented with various parts of my life, and have thought about making changes, but in the course of praying and waiting, the Lord showed me that my decision would not bring the peace that I wanted. I love the saying "bloom where you are planted"...it speaks to me when I think I have to "wait" or "move" or "change" before I will be a better Christian, or a better mom, etc., but I have been learning to accept things the way they are, and trusting God to make those changes in my life. He knows your heart and He knows your needs...listen to the Spirit within, and you will know what to do, and when to do it.

Will be praying for you!

Mary

May 16, 2010 at 6:53 PM

I hope you can do what you want to, Dear. God will provide.

May 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Praying for God to give you peace about your decision.

I love this scripture.

I am visiting via my sister's blog, Karen @ Lily Valley.

Have a great week.

May 17, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Beautiful, dear Ginger!

We are to focus on the tasks directly in front of us and not to fret on what may be ahead of us. By doing so, God can speak to us if our minds are uncluttered.

((hugs))
Becky

May 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

My husband & I are thinking about the same . I need to work on cutting expenses & decluttering my life .I am concerned every day , that the market will go down & we will lose most of our retirement. We don't have years to rebuild it like younger folks.But the Just live by Faith & Not by sight . I must depend on Jesus .
Blessings,
~Myrna

May 18, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Hi Ginger

Beautiful post dear one. Contentment lies in living our faith and you have pointed this out beautifully.

God bless.

May 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM

Wonderful post. Yes he will provide.
I love the picture you chose too. I would love to walk there.

May 20, 2010 at 10:59 PM

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