Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Finding Contentment and Enjoying What God Has Given

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6:17, NIV)

One of my favorite things to do is going to a nice cafe, like Panera Bread, either for lunch or dinner, with a friend, and enjoying a nice soup and sandwich, a nice drink, and then topping it off with a delightful dessert and a cup of coffee or tea afterwards. I always feel so refreshed and rejuvinated after a trip like that, ready to take on the world again.

Well for the past several days, I have been struggling with allergies and my sinuses have made me feel like my head could explode. Blessedly, DearHubby sacrificed his own rest time on Sunday to allow me some rest, but for the past 2 days it has been difficult for me to do anything around the house as I do feel so miserable.

Today, I even started out my day in such a horrible mood, but knowing from lessons learned in the past, being grumpy all day just makes me feel even more horrible and it makes everyone else around me grumpy too. Oh, if only I could just take another trip to our local cafe and treat myself to a nice wonderful lunch...Then, I could feel refreshed and rejuvinated...

Well, each of those trips usually costs about $13 just for myself and I could not justify going to the cafe...

So, I looked in our refrigerator and pantry and here's what I made myself for lunch:
- a turkey club sandwich (turkey, tomato, lettuce, 2 slices of cheddar cheese, and bacon) on toasted white bread with mayo
- a can of Progresso Corn Chicken Chowder soup
- a can of ice cold Decaf Coke
- a handful of chips

It took a little bit of preparation, but I was pretty amazed that I had cafe "style" food, right here in my own home and I had quite an enjoyable lunch.

Why is this so significant to share?

Well, when I am in a horrible mood, that is usually when Satan attacks me and causes me to dwell in discontentment. I then usually begin to dislike my current situation and begin to wish I were somewhere else. Satan even almost won the battle because I also skipped my morning devotion time with the Lord without a valid reason...just because I didn't feel like it. Praise God for His grace that I got over my "I don't feel like reading the Bible today" mood and picked up His Word and prayed...

So, the fact that I could make plain food so good and enjoyable displays just how God is so good and gracious today in allowing me to find contentment in the place that I am in, even while I'm still feeling horrible and with the responsibility of caring for 2 children. If I can find enjoyment in just our plain food, what else will I find joy in today because God richly provides?


crystal said...

Oh I hope you get to feeling better (physically) It sounds like you are doing lots better spiritually. I know those days all too well and it isnt fun having to take care of two littles while you are sick...Its easy to let Satan in...I'll keep you in my prayers.


Julie said...

As always, Robin, thank you for sharing your struggles! Sharing always puts it into proper perspective for me. I haven't been sharing too much of real life lately. Too afraid to hear criticism from family for sharing. Something I have to get past. Thank you for this today.

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