Two women looked
through prison bars
One saw mud,
the other saw stars.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. Philippians 4:6 TLB
Learning to be content is a heart choice-a choice to pray rather than be anxious.
When confronted with negative circumstances we have a choice: will we pray about the problem or will we worry about it?
Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.
“Lord, don’t let my pain be wasted. Use it to conform me to your image. Use it to teach me about how to be content.”
Too often in our lives, accomplishment and doing overshadow growth and becoming.
Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3:3-4
On her tongue is the law of kindness. Proverbs 31
*Taken from the book: Calm My Anxious Heart, A Woman’s Guide to Finding Contentment by Linda Dillow.
About the pictures: Before Christmas, I was walking outside and decided to cut a bouquet of winterberry branches for the kitchen windowsill. The branches were covered in bright red berries, and a favorite way of mine to bring nature into the winter house to decorate. There they sat, and sat, and sat upon the window, for over a month. After a time, the water turned moldy, every time I bumped into it a shriveled berry fell, and there were little wisps of cobwebs growing, too. I distinctly remember thinking, “It’s about time I take that jar out to the porch and dump it over the railing.” But, of course it didn’t happen. Last week, on a particular bluesy-blue day, I was standing at the sink drying tears off my face and getting a glass of water. With a startle, I noticed that the dead and shriveled branches had a surprise in store for me. They were growing, with tiny, gloriously green leaves popping out, almost like magic. I almost didn’t believe my eyes. It wasn’t magic though, it was God showing me truth through his creation: He makes things new. He makes things grow.
He makes beautiful things, out of dust.