Satisfaction in Your Season of Life

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

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― 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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Satisfaction in the Savior

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Some people believe that KNOWING the Savior means having an “experience” that made them “see the light.” However, it takes more than just having a head-knowledge of Jesus. It is more than having an “experience” or a “moment” in your life when you “felt” that Jesus saved you; either from a disaster, an accident, or any other kind of bad situation.

To know the Savior means to have that personal relationship with Him. It is being able to say that YOU are HIS and HE is YOURS. You believe that He is YOUR CREATOR, YOUR MASTER, YOUR LORD, and YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.  He’s the ONLY one in your life worth worshipping. He is the ONLY way to get to Heaven.

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The Monthly Word Focus for March is “Satisfaction.”

We all struggle sometimes to be content or satisfied. We all have moments in our life when we want more; we desire more; we seek for more.  Sadly, many resort to sex, drugs, or alcohol to try to “get more” – to try to fill that gaping void in their heart and life.

Anyone who has ever done that can probably testify that that void was never filled PERMANENTLY. In fact, it cannot be filled with anything that this world has to offer.

There is a song entitled, “There is a Remedy.” (Lyrics included below)

 

“For the world that’s lost in darkness
For the saint who’s gone astray
For the sinner, blind but searching
For the child in need of faith
For the homeless and forsaken
For the hungry and the cold
For the prisoner and the captive
For the young and for the old

There is a remedy
For every sin-sick soul
There is a cure for all
All the pain and hurt and wrong
There is a solution
For all the problems deep inside
There is a remedy
And His name is Jesus Christ

For the bitter, for the lonely
For the weary and afraid
For the burdened and frustrated
The discouraged and dismayed
For the mocked and persecuted
For the battered, for the wronged
For the scarred and for the wounded
For the weak and for the strong

For every tribe and every nation
For every color, every race
For every tongue and every language
For every time and every place
There’s an answer to the questions
There is love for all the hate
There’s a healer for the dying
He’s the Light, the Truth, the way,”

Anyone reading these lyrics can probably admit that they fall into at least one of the categories mentioned. We’ve all been hurt; we’ve all been offended.; we’ve all been discouraged; we’ve all been afraid, lonely, or weary.  We’ve all felt weak and we are all different –  but the awesome truth is that there is an ANSWER, a HEALER, a REMEDY and His name is Jesus.

We don’t need to look at other people, fame, fortune, or even an occupation to be satisfied because those will never fully, permanently, and truly satisfy us.

TRUE SATISFACTION and LASTING SATISFACTION can only be found in knowing Jesus as your Savior.

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Below are Bible Verses that can remind us that God is enough. He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness. I don’t know what all the “goodness” may be, but if it’s good, then why not, right?

Isaiah 58:11 – And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

John 6:35 – And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and [he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Psalms 145:16 – Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

Psalms 107:9 – For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Psalms 22:26 – The meek shall eat and be satisfied:

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If you are searching for something more or if you are searching for meaning and purpose for your life…Friend, I am here to tell you that Jesus is the Answer. God loved the world so much that He sent His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON to die on the cross for you and for me. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Asking Jesus to save you is as simple as singing your ABCs.

If that is a decision you would like to make today, please leave me a message and I would be overjoyed to show you from God’s Word how you can find SATISFACTION IN THE SAVIOR.

 

 

Until Next Time,

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SATISFACTION

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Can you believe that 1/6th of this year is already done? Two months came and gone. Before we know it, high school and college graduations will be happening, Summer will be taking place, Christmas festivities will be transpiring, and 2018 will be another year to put in the books.

I am really excited about this month’s word focus because I have been doing a lot of self-evaluation on whether or not I am satisfied in various areas of my life.

If you were to “weigh” how satisfied you are with your life on a scale of 1-10, 1 being Completely Dissatisfied & 10 being Completely Satisfied, where would you fall?

True Satisfaction is not found in fame, fortune, or even your family. True satisfaction is found in the only Person that can fill the void that many of us once had and many others are still trying to fill.

We live in a culture where people try to find satisfaction in sex, wealth, popularity, drugs, alcohol, and other means that in the end come up short and just cause a lot of hurt and heartache.

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For March, the Monthly Word Focus is SATISFACTION.

This month, I will focus on 3 Main Points:

I. Satisfaction in the Saviour
II. Satisfaction the Your Season of Life
III. Satisfaction in Your Service

The Bible says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

James 4:8 says, “Draw to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

Some may be reading this and are struggling, dissatisfied, or just searching for more. May I encourage you continue seeking?

Continue seeking God.

Continue seeking for what your purpose is in life.

Matthew 7:7 says,  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

If we don’t ask, we won’t receive.

If we don’t seek, we’ll never find out.

If we don’t knock, those doors will not be opened.

So join me this month as we focus on the word, SATISFACTION.

 

Until Next Time,

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