Monday, December 21, 2009

In Christ Alone...

Gathering At the Well

Today's discussion At the Well encourages us to be transparent in sharing about discontentment and how we can be satisfied in Christ alone.

Discontentment:
What an appropriate season to call attention to discontentment. During the year, I am an avid bargain shopper. I love consignment shops, yard sales and clearance racks! During the Christmas season there is always a trip or two to the mall. While browsing through all the things that catch the eye with their beauty and the lure of convenience and luxury, my mind quickly races to see "what I need". By the time I leave the mall, I can sense a spirit of discontentment begin to brew in my heart as I do an evaluation of what I have at home and all these things that I just found out that I may need to keep my life running smoothly!

Contentment:
A sure cure for discontentment is to learn to be content. Contentment begins in the mind as we train ourselves to think with thankfulness about our many blessings and learn to like what we have. It is a fact that there will always be "better" things and circumstances out there than what we have. The same is true about "lesser" circumstances. There is always someone who has things worse than we do and it doesn't take too long or too hard a look to find them. That should stir up a grateful and content spirit.

In Christ Alone:
Recently At the Well, we discussed our Lord as The All Sufficient One. We can trust the Lord who is faithful and true to meet every need that we may have. He is our Source and is a never ending Source that equips us with His gifts which enable us to face every circumstance. Whatever our need may be: financial, emotional, or physical; whether we need forgiveness, comfort, joy, peace, strength, grace, wisdom, or hope, He is able to provide and whatever it is that we need, it can be found "In Christ Alone". Through prayer and reminding ourselves of His promises found in the Bible, we can keep a refreshing, never-ending fountain of His supply in our hearts. He truly is "all we need".

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,..."
II Peter 1:2-4


2 comments:

  1. I certainly hear you on this. I usually don't shop at the mall, but at Christmas it's tempting to go once or twice. The pure lust I feel is awful. Good thing I stay away most of the time. :~D

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  2. Great thoughts Joyce! Thanks for joining in the discussion!

    -Ashley

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Thank you for sharing your commment. It is a joy and blessing to hear from you and your words are appreciated.