Sunday, September 26, 2010

{Scripture Challenge 2} Challenge Word #20, Content

Challenge #20: Content/Satisfied

As I have studied Isaiah 2:7-9 this week and looked at how the people of Judah were filled with treasures (possessions) like silver, gold, horses, and chariots, it made me think about how most of us are so very blessed yet we still are not satisfied with what we have. Even in today’s economic times, we still have homes larger than most people in the entire world. We have indoor plumping. We have clean, running water. We have multiple cars. We have multiple Bibles that we can read freely. I could go on and on. We “have” yet we seem to never be satisfied. Sure we may be content for a moment but then we find something else we “need” or want to change.

Everyone on this earth wants to feel satisfied thus we are always searching or filling our homes and bodies with “stuff.” We try to satisfy ourselves. When we feel sad or down, we turn to food, shopping, etc. We see what our neighbors have, and we become dissatisfied and jealous. The only way we can feel content is to fill ourselves with the Lord! Our earthly treasures (cars, money, jewelry, homes, food, drugs, etc.) will never fill us; only the Lord can! Oh if we could only learn to turn to our precious Lord in all things. The joy, the satisfaction, the filled heart, etc., that we would experience would be incomprehensible.

Patrick Morley in his book “Walking with Christ in the Details of Life” spoke about a teen that was visiting the United States. As the teen was getting ready to return home after 6 weeks, he spoke at a farewell dinner. The teen said “I would like to thank you so much for inviting me here. I have really enjoyed this time in the United States. But I am also very glad to be going home. You have so much in America that I’m beginning to lose my grip on my day-to-day dependency on Christ.

Ouch, what a statement and so true. I know I don’t want to lose my dependency on Christ. I know my heart’s desire but I also know where I fail miserably. I encourage you to make a list of your blessings—yes, even down to the indoor plumbing that you have. Then ask God to help give you a heart of thanksgiving. Then in return, you will begin to feel content.

For my page this week, I used bright colors along with black. The black denotes my selfishness and my discontent. The bright colors denote how satisfied I can be when I depend on Christ in all things. The scripture I chose was Hebrews 13:5 which says “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Oh, I love that scripture! I also used Sketch #143 from Sketch Inspiration.
Papers: Memory Box key lime cs, Bazzill cs, Bo Bunny Noteworthy Loose Leaves
Stamp Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Embellishments: Pink Paislee green artisan tape, Creative Café buttons, Prima jewel flourish, Paper Trey Ink rustic twine, Dymo labeler

I pray that you will turn to Him and be content with the blessings He has given each of us. When sharing your page for this challenge be sure to use Keyword SCRC210 when posting in galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. I will be back with another study on October 10th. Have a blessed week ahead!



littlethings1 said...

A wonderful post ! Yes , we all need to keep our eyes on Him and not fill our needs with stuff , He is all we really need !
Thanks !

Jonia said...

What a wonderful Message Patter! Thanks for taking of your time to inspire us.

A-M said...

Another beautiful page and a great devotion to encourage us.
I may just have to use the same verse as that one really speaks to me.

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration for the week. We should read this message every morning to keep it alive in our hearts. Thank you Patter.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful message today, Patter. We should all read it every morning to keep it alive in our hearts. Thank you.

Debbie said...

Wonderful message today Patter. We should read it every morning to keep it alive in our hearts.

Anonymous said...

MrLinky is not working, but I have posted my recent pages on 2 Peas, and I am caught up now. Now I need to practice being content for sure! MHickory

NickelNook said...

Wonderful Patter! Your page is beautiful too! Thank you so much!...Nancy :o)

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