Thursday, September 22, 2005

Being Content

I was praying and looking for scripture to help me in my current situation right now and I came across an amazing piece of scripture, that I've heard several times before, but today it had a profound impact.

"I am not saying this because I am in need, 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 all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13

Right now I am in the middle of being switched from a second grade classroom to a one, two combo. I am feeling very overwhelmed and sort of in panic mode. This is only my third year teaching and I'm just a little bit nervous about how I'm suppose to teach two different sets of curriculum when there is hardly enough time in the day to teach one set.

When I read this piece of scripture, I felt like I had just been put in my place. No matter what the circumstance I can do it through Christ who strengthens me. In fact, that's the only way I'm going to be able to do it. But what really convicted me was the part that talks about being content in all situations because I am so far from that right now.

Today while I was running I prayed that God would help me see the big picture and how this is all suppose to work, having two different grades in the classroom, essentially I was asking for contentment. Well, when I got home from the run, this is the verse I found.

God is Good!


Ashley said...

"God is Good!"

Amen!! I was in a car accident the middle of August and I started my senior year at college on August 30th. I have intensive physical therapy 3x a week and spend the majority of my time in bad pain. I have been struggling with why God won't take away my pain and feeling very overwhelmed.

I began reading "Traveling Light" by Max Lucado and it talks about resting in and relying on God -- I realized I rely more on my strength and that if I would just rest in God and his plan I would find comfort and contenment throught the pain.

Continue to rely on him -- Jeremiah 29:11

Stephanie said...

Ashley, I am sorry to hear about your accident. Thanks for sharing though. I know that I, personally, learn a lot through hearing how God is working in and through other people I know. His power is so great and his grace so sweet and it's easy to become amazed by how He works in our own life, but when I see Him working in and through each person I know become speechless and am reminded just how great and powerful He is. Not sure if that makes sense, but I've been thinking about it a lot. :)

Thanks for sharing...hope you have a great weekend.

Teresa said...

God always speaks that way huh? :) I see you found your words!

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