Monday, February 1, 2010

Finding Contentment In Christ
















"So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before GOD; HE is most careful with you." 1 Peter 5:6-7 The Message

The beautiful cardinal rests comfortably on the rail of my deck. He trusts his maker for his very existence. He appears carefree, enjoying the winter wonderland before him.

How many times do I miss GOD's blessings and the beauty of what HE has placed before me because I am consumed with my circumstances?

How many times have I worried about tomorrow instead of enjoying today?

Finding Contentment in Christ,

Andrea

Andrea

82 comments:

Beautiful Mess said...

LOVE THIS! It is what i have been pondering now for some time!

Beautiful Mess said...

My 15 year old is sitting here doing school and your song came on I forgot to mute it--and apologized to him. He said no leave it I love this song---huh? When has he heard Cat Stevens... Man I love that kid!

Auntie Cake said...

Right as usual, Andrea! Thanks for the reminder!!!

Divine Mrs D said...

Thank you :)

An Imperfect Perfection said...

Beautiful image and words...Thank you. Your words reinforce my thinking....

He & Me + 3 said...

Awesome post my friend. Great words.

Lora said...

The Scripture in 1 Peter 5:6-7 really encouraged me today Andrea. God has really been speaking to me about timing. As I looked at the birds outside this morning, I was thinking about the trust they have in the Creator. And now seeing your cardinal encourages me to wait till His heavenly supply draws nigh.

Blessed by stopping by today,
Lora

Tabi said...

Thank you for posting this because it's something I really needed to here right now! It's so easy to not be ourselves in order to "impress" others. Always striving to be something else but missing what is so awesome to begin with!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Good evening, Andrea~

I have learned the hard way to stop trusting in myself and other and to put ALL my trust in my Heavenly Father. My life is so much more peaceful! :> )

Blessings~
Laura

Faith Imagined said...

I have done this more times than I would like to admit!!!

BTW, I grabbed your beautiful button for my blogroll!!!

-Alisa Hope

Beth in NC said...

So true! It is so hard not to focus on our circumstances. And you're right -- when our eyes aren't on Jesus we can definitely miss the beauty and blessings around us.

Of course I don't mind if you link with me. What a blessing!

Love!
Beth

Joyce said...

Such a beautiful bird. I've been a little caught up in circumstances lately...thanks for the reminder today!

Alleluiabelle said...

Dearest Andrea,

Beautiful words from a beautiful heart. Yes, the only way to find peace, contentment and so much more is only through Christ. His blessings are stored up for each one of us and He is just waiting to give them to us and...we need to be wide open to Him to receive them with praise and thanksgiving.

Love you so much my friend,
Alleluiabelle

Karen said...

Andrea,
I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for adding a link to my blog here on your blog!

Those are some great questions you asked in this post. Our memory verse passage for the study this week is Philippians 4:11,13. It's not always easy, but cultivating an attitude of contentment can make such a huge difference!

Hope you have a great week!
Karen

Julie Gillies said...

Hi Andrea,

Oh, this photo in this post reminds me of the time we lived in Michigan. We had a deck with a bird-feeder and loved watching the birds visit us every day. I have a picture of it hanging in our wall.

Thank you for the reminder to enjoy today.

Warren Baldwin said...

God cares for the birds of the field; we know he will care for us. Great picture and thought!
wb

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Thank you for this sweet reminder. I so needed to read this today. We never know how we will be touched when we visit someones site.
I appreciate you Andrea
Maggie

Heckety said...

I think the Lord makes us watch birds to remind us of just that...and another verse which always comes to me when I'm watching the birds is ' Consider the lillies of the field....'

I really like your new header, I forgot to say that the other day.

And I'm HONOURED for you to put my link on your page- thank you! I'm trying out the 'scheduled post' thingie for tomorrow's story.ie., I've it written and loaded...its about a sofa!!!!

Jeanette Levellie said...

I do this more than I should, Andrea. You are a great one for reminding me to keep my eyes on Jesus. I love you,
Jen

Christine said...

I love that word, contentment.
It even sounds comfortable.

Kelly Combs said...

Good words today. It reminds me of Matthew 10:29,31:

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

Thanks for the link too! I appreciate you.

Deborah Ann said...

Wow, we're on the same page today. I just wrote a devotional on birds. Not ready to post it yet, but I marvel at how God provides for His creation, and they never worry about where their next meal is coming from. If only we could trust and rest in God's provision like this!

Becca said...

Amen!! So true... God Bless

Cathy said...

How lovely...and true!!!

Ofcourse I don't mind...you are too sweet...thank you!!!

Happy Monday!!!
XOXO
Cathy

sonja said...

Andrea:
I think birds have been on many of our minds lately, or even more... the illustrations that give us such a clear picture... not worrying, trusting, being content. Just the way God wants us to be. I love this!

And your page heading is perfect!!

Blessings,

Sonja

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

What a precious post Andrea(:)
Glad you love your new bi-focals too (:) hugs, Patty

Sarah Dawn said...

Finding contentment, sitting in HIs love. THanks for the encouragement today.

Joyful hugs,
Sarah Dawn

skoots1mom said...

i SO LOVE this shot of the cardinal, especially when i click it and enlarge the pic...the snow is gorgeous and so is he.
Go, God!
love in the moment...you've captured it well :)

Tiedupmemories said...

Andrea,
Such an inspirational blog and today's post is so true! Thank you for adding my link and always stopping by with a friendly hello! Love that photo of the bird too! so sweet!
Tracy

Just Be Real said...

Man, what an awesome post. Love that cardinal. Not a care in the world. Like it should be with us. Blessings dear one!

Carol said...

What a great reminder and beautiful picture to go along with it.

Thanks Andrea. :-)

Hugs and Blessings,
Carol

Carla Gade said...

Andrea, that is a beautiful photo and a lovely thought!

Thank you for adding Writing to Distraction to your list.

Blessings,
Carla

Charlotte said...

Andrea, I can relate to stealing our joy battle much more than I like to admit. And at the rate my marriage and business is going right now - I might have to turn in my learners permit! I like the new look of your blog....looks great.

Blessings,
Charlotte

Julie said...

Andrea,
Thank you for linking to my blog. You have blessed me today.. Thank you!

Christina said...

Andrea,
Thanks so much for this reminder. I needed it today! Too often I cause myself so much stress by worrying about things that only GOD has control of anyway! I need to try harder to leave things up to HIM!!

Lisa said...

A very thought provoking post Andrea, makes one think about what is really important.

Colleen said...

Beautiful post and I love the heading to your blog!!

Debra Kaye said...

What a beautiful truth you have spoken here today! Love it!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Our decks almost look identical from the snow to the cardinal. Thanks Andrea!
Cindy at Lakewood

Mary Moss said...

Beautiful photo and beautiful post:-)

Graceful said...

Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how many times I have worried about tomorrow and missed the blessings in today. I can't be reminded of this enough -- thank you!

And thank you for adding the Graceful link to your blog list -- you are the best!

Loren said...

What peace this posts brings! Just makes you take a deep breath and you can FEEEEEEL THE TRUST. WOW
Andrea! Thank you for sharing this.

I love you so and am sending big hugs to you

Lynn said...

Thank you Andrea for sharing this beautiful post!!

Blessings,
~Lynn

Beth E. said...

Thanks so much for a great message...I have, at times, been guilty of allowing circumstances to consume me, worrying about the 'what ifs' in my life.

I love the picture...

Nel said...

Beautiful picture and so well said.
Thanks for sharing!

until next time... nel

Tootsie said...

I love this post!

Denise said...

Such lovely words.

Miti said...

This is true for so many of us. Thanks for sharing Andrea!

Anita C. McCants said...

Thanks for that awesome message
and scripture, Andrea. Be
blessed. ~Nita

Larissa said...

Hi Andrea, thanks for reading my blog... and thanks for praying for my son when he had his surgery. We really really appreciated it!

I love the cardinal on your deck, and the picture it represents. I start to worry and forget so often that God takes care of all my needs too....I read today that "worry is the worship of circumstance".... misplaced worship at its best!


Larissa

Mich said...

Thanks for the link. I'm honored.

This was beautiful post.

Marsha said...

Beautiful picture and post, Andrea.

homeschool101 said...

Auh, it is my cardinal friend. Lol. I see him in the summer and often this winter. My feeders are unfortunately down from wind destroying them. :(
To be content, *sigh* really has been the hardest thing for me. But I have been holding on to my fathers hand as he leads me on. I know patience and peace surround me and I am getting better. I trust my father but sometimes I want to get ahead of the game and see what the ending is before it is time to see it. That is not a good thing. But I continue to work on this and get better. Thanks for sharing. God Bless you!

Crown of Beauty said...

I love the picture you posted of the cardinal in the white snow...such a lovely picture of faith and trust!

Yes, contentment is a badly needed character in the world today.

Love
Lidj

Nicole said...

I understand where you are coming from on this one. I have been guilty of the same thing and I will tell you, lately I too have been looking at the blessing in everything. Last Friday when I found the last two pairs of trouser socks that matched I said "thank you God for favor." It's incredible how wonderful you feel when you can be thankful for the little things. This post wasn't long, but it said a lot!

Nicole said...

By the way, it is a blessing to be on your reading list!

Free in Christ said...

So true!! Bring everything all back into perspective. When we realize the we can totally rest in His love, protection, and peace....our life can be as this little bird.....carefree and content knowing we are taken care of. thanks for sharing.

Free in Christ

Shirl said...

He knows it's provided. In total trust, he simply flies off to find it. I long for that kind of faith.

Diana said...

Awesome! Living in complete contentment. Great words!

2Thinks said...

I've had to break from the blogging for a while to focus on my daughter's senior year- home education days are almost over for me. So, when I visited your page today I just smiled when I saw how big your blog following has become! So many are blessed by your commitment to pray for their needs, your inspiring words that point straight to Jesus, your gentle and quiet spirit that emanates through your blog- and I am one of those who love to read you.

Thank you for the wonderful words of life and for the link!
Heidi

Holly said...

OH MY.............That has been my struggle since the breakup of my engagement..... Desiring to create a new world for MYSELF and not resting the peace of God being in complete control of my life! Such an awesome post........... Learning to be content IN ALL THINGS.... Gods plan is ALWAYS THE BEST PLAN... Thank you for the sweet and gentle reminder!

Libbie said...

I recently read, By wanting other people's blessings you are missing your own blessings. I like that thought too! It is so true! How much we miss when we are distracted!

christy rose said...

How beautiful and so true!

Goose Hill Farm said...

Hey, my friend~

Have you heard about the snow that's coming? I heard 2-4 tonight and then it is supposed to start Friday morning and not stop until Tuesday with an accumulation of up to 30 inches. I LOVE IT!!

Be safe and KEEP WARM!

Blessings~
Laura

vanilla said...

I always liked the KJV "Casting all your care," etc. But Peterson does turn a phrase beautifully without damage to the truth.

Blessings.

Heart2Heart said...

Andrea,

Love this post! I too often try to dip into God's provision basket set aside for tomorrow's worries today and that never works out. I just keep reminding myself that He has provided me all I need just to get through today.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kristie said...

I find myself getting caught up in thoughts and worries when I know I should be content and know God is looking after me. Thank you for the reminder! :-)

Angie said...

I love your new look Andrea!

This was a very encouraging post...especially knowing some changes that are coming our way---I love to watch the birds in the yard --knowing that HE is their provider. As HE IS OURS.

Love this Word you shared!

Nancy said...

Another great quote, Andrea. You always seem to be thinking parallel to me. I think that is good. Yes?

Also, love the cardinal. I grew up in Ohio where the cardinal is our state bird. I love them. Just to see such a flash of color against the snow inspires awe in our wonderful Creator.

Thanks again for adding my link.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

This is so good Andrea! Every day should be lived to the fullest....unfortunately we let our circumstances override from time to time. I'm just glad HE never gives up on us! Blessings! Nice to meet another prayer warrior!

koralee said...

I so love coming over to visit you..you always have such good reminders...just what I need to hear sweet friend. xo

Diane said...

thank you Andrea for reminding me to appreciate the here and now! :O)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh how I love your verse from the Message Andrea. Such a beautiful promise. It is so easy to get caught up in our circumstances like you said. Thank you for the reminder to live on day at a time and enjoy every moment.

Smiles,
Lee Ann

Katia said...

Beautiful! I agree we miss a lot when we take our focus off of Him and His goodness to us.
Blessings,
Katia

Rita said...

Andrea, what a wonderful reminder! Oh that we could be content with what He has placed before us.

Thank you for adding the link to my blog. Hugs to you.

Cathy said...

Great message!

Saleslady371 said...

I am so encouraged by your photo and devotional. You are so talented and inspirational. Love ya!

Tracy said...

It's been a challenging day today and I needed this. Adore your photo too.

Edie said...

I needed this encouragement today Andrea. Thank you! What a blessing you are to so many!

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Beautiful photo and encouragement. Thank you, Andrea. BIG blessings to you, sweet lady!

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Renee' said...

Love the photo, WOW! how much snow have yall gotten?