Spring is here and many are already getting their children’s Easter Baskets ready. I’ll be honest, we haven’t done Easter baskets for our kids but the more I think about it, I figured that this would be a great opportunity for me to share the Gospel with my girls. They may still seem young but I am praying that we can plant these seeds at a young age and see those seeds come to fruition.
For the month of March, I wanted to focus on one word – SATISFACTION. It’s easy to be satisfied when everything is going well – our health, our finances, our relationships, our jobs, etc. But all of us go through different seasons of life. I may be having the most wonderful season while someone else is going through the most difficult season. I may be on the mountaintop while another is in the valley. Realizing this truth makes me want to be more considerate and thoughtful of other people.
One can be so joyful on the outside but deep down, they are struggling. Today, I want to talk about having satisfaction in THE SEASON THAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN.
We live in a world and society that is constantly bombarding us with MORE – MORE possessions, MORE friends, MORE followers (for all my social media peeps), MORE money, MORE, MORE MORE!
“Our desire for constantly wanting more TEMPORAL things proves our discontentment and dissatisfaction for what we’ve already been blessed with.”
Philippians 4:11 – “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
1 Timothy 6:6 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
If we desired MORE of eternal things, imagine how different our lives would be. Instead of wanting MORE of what meets our earthly satisfactions, we should desire to want more of what meets our heavenly satisfactions.
Colossians 3:2 – “ Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Contentment or satisfaction in the Savior doesn’t come easily. I believe you have to “work” at it and by “work” I mean you have to discipline yourself.
Discipline yourself to say “NO”
Discipline yourself to be in God’s Word daily
Discipline yourself to have a fervent prayer life
Discipline yourself to serve God faithfully
Discipline yourself to serve others willingly
Discipline yourself to give thanks daily
We are all going through different seasons of life. Below, you will see some reminders for the Season of Life you are currently in. These are just a few that have helped me as a Teen, Young Adult, and now as a Wife and Mother. Have I perfected them? Definitely not. Most, if not all, are things I am still working on but I hope they can be a help to you where ever you are in your life.
Your teen years are vital.
You will experience more pressure but “wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it & right is right even if no one else is doing it”
Don’t be in a rush to date. Instead of trying to FIND THE RIGHT PERSON, (YOU) BE THE RIGHT PERSON.
God’s timing is always perfect. (Waiting time is not Wasting Time)
What you sow, you will reap.
Believe it or not, not everyone will be married by 30.
Don’t feel pressured to get married right away but at the same time, don’t feel pressured to make sure you are” COMPLETELY STABLE” before getting married.
Stay in church. Many leave church because they look at other people instead of looking to the Savior and therefore become discouraged.
Have good, godly friends that can help you grow spiritually.
Marriage is from God.
Marriage is a LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT – TIL DEATH DO YOU PART.
You will find out things you thought you already knew about your spouse but didn’t.
Your pet-peeves might be magnified during your first few years of marriage.
Sex is not a horrible thing. God designed it for marriage.
You will have expectations for your spouse and sometimes those expectations will not be met – don’t let that be the reason you argue. Rather, be honest and transparent with each other about what you expect from each other.
NEVER compare your spouse to another person and that includes comparing them to your mother or father.
You and your spouse are not two individual persons, but rather are ONE. What’s his is yours; What he struggles with, he will need your help to overcome;
Marriage is putting two imperfect human beings together. Don’t expect each other to be perfect. Rather, strive to serve the Perfect God.
Your spouse comes before your children.
You are not promised another day with your child, so ENJOY THEM TODAY.
Your children are watching you and how they see you could greatly impact how they see Jesus.
Even if it doesn’t make sense, your children do NOT belong to you; the Lord has entrusted them to your care.
Not everyone has the same opportunity (as you) to have children (some women are barren).
Be the kind of parent that your children can be honest with.
Your goal is not to be a perfect parent, but a “real” parent. Hypocrisy is something children hate.
If you want to be a great parent, be a good one first.
Be willing to admit you are wrong and ask for forgiveness whenever and every time it is necessary.
Your parenting will reap great rewards or great sorrow.
You will ultimately give an account for how you raised your children.
― Bil Keane said it best in this quote:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God,
which is why we call it the present.”
No matter how last year, last month, or last night turned out – you have today. You can start brand new with a clean slate. Don’t dwell on the past. Live today as if it were your last and make it count for eternity.
Until Next Time,
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