Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Never's





Contentment comes when we totally give up  trying to control whatever circumstances or people we find ourselves involved with.   Control is easier seen when someone tries to control me or others through me.  When someone does that to me it frustrates me to no end.  Which means I frustrate others when I do it to them.   Control is a quick way to drive others away from us which is the last thing I want to do. 

Some ladies and I are studying "contentment", trusting God, allowing His sovereign to rule in our life.  Our goal is to come to a deeper understanding of His ways are better then our ways.  There is a set of "never's" we have gleamed from our study  which will be our daily guideline.

  Philippines 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 hungrey, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength

Never allow yourself to complain about anything...not even the weather.

Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else.

Never compare your lot with another's.

Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise.

Never dwell on tomorrows..remember that tomorrow is God's not yours.

Seems like an impossible list to accomplish, doesn't it?
(From the book: Calm My Anxious Heart)

One of the questions in our first study was:   Do you think most women try to control or manipulate people and circumstances? If yes, why?.....I like the answer one woman gave, yes because we are born to be care givers.   Hummmmm....What do you think?  Men, I welcome your take on this question too.