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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Childrearing...Teaching Children Contentment, Part 1

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

"...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 hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:11-13)

I have a great burden in my heart. I am finding that my children are often discontent. Aside from the word "NO" coming from their mouths, the next word you'll hear them say is "MORE!"

Nothing satisfies and it's really wearing.

This discontentment in my children needs to be addressed and perhaps it's a reflection of what I'm teaching them.

Stay in touch for further updates as I focus on teaching the value of contentment to my children (and perhaps even myself).

Articles to read as resources:
Teaching Values: Contentment by Jeff Asher
End Quarreling with Contentment and Gratefulness by Joy Marie Dunlap
Cultivating Contentment- Part 1 by Rebecca Jones
Cultivating Contentment- Part 2 by Rebecca Jones
Teaching Your Child to Serve with Contentment by Dr. Don Dunlap
Learning Contentment from Crown Financial Ministries

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