Wednesday, December 1, 2010

True Contentment

I have found myself, the last few days, longing for things of comfort.

...a stolen spoonful of milk chocolate icing.

...a fire, crackling and warm.

...scented Christmas candles, emitting smells of fresh pine needles and cinnamon.


...white lights gracing the Christmas tree.

And when I sat down, surrounded by all these things, I wasn't quite comforted.   And I realized, it wasn't comfort that I was seeking.

It was contentment.  

Contentment cannot brought about by things.  It is not manufactured.  It does not wrap its arms around me only when things are just so.  Contentment is a state of being that exists despite the unruly chaos around me.  It is a place of peace where my Savior reigns over all confusion, worry, and guilt.  It is a place where I can open myself up to His love despite my resentments, my loss, my fears. 

God gives me simple pleasures -- candles, fire, the comforts of a cozy and warm home --  to bless me, but not to fill me.  My fullness depends only upon one thing -- Jesus.  It is my relationship with Him that gives me safety, that gives me refuge, that gives me peace.  In Him, and in Him alone, am I content.

I'm linking up with Dayle at Simple Pleasures.
Project Simple Pleasures2

13 comments :

  1. This is so beautiful. I love how you describe contentment. So true.

    I sighed as I read your list... I love small things like that. They make life sweet.

    May you have more sweet moments like this.

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  2. What a beautiful post. Not even the simplest joys in life can replace what my Jesus can give to me!

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  3. Dear Jen,
    Wow! I'm so glad you linked up today. I needed this. Thank you.

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  4. Dear Jen, this is a powerful and very wise post! He truly is the only One who satisfies our every longing.
    Thank you for this wonderful meditation! blessings..Trish

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  5. this is so great...true and right and powerful. thank you.

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  6. Amen! This is just what I needed to read this morning. I will carry this through my weekend, Thankyou!
    Blessings!

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  7. Indeed it is what is deep within us... that fills the void.

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  8. Can I just say, "AMEN"? This is really beautiful an so well stated.

    "God gives me simple pleasures -- candles, fire, the comforts of a cozy and warm home -- to bless me, but not to fill me."

    I love that!

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  9. I feel as though as I just heard an awesome sermon after reading this and usually do when I read your entries. You always seem to "hit the nail on the head."

    It is contentment I desire and it was Paul that said (paraphrased), "in all things I am content." Powerful!

    Hugs to you!

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  10. You are so right about comfort and contentment. But a spoonful of chocolate icing goes with everything, don't you think?

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  11. Pictures of a warm and cozy home ....
    writings of a warm CHRSITian telling of JESUS love .....Thanks for sharing beautifully written

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  12. Contentment is a state of being ...

    from there I just loved it all...so, so, so, so, good Jen...I love hearing your heart for Him...

    I'm so thankful to have found a friend in you:):):)

    be blessed always:)

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