Thursday, May 23, 2013

CONTENTMENT - Coco style

Bow wow... it's been quite a while since my last post. But I've been thoroughly busy living the life of contentment!

Have you ever asked yourself what makes you content? Well, I've been thinking about that a lot.

Naps are certainly nice...

Having toys is great...

Walks are the best...

I like being silly...

Making mom laugh with my funny expressions is fun...

Waiting for treats is exciting...

I DO love kisses...

I have kitties for friends...  (hey, where are they going?!)

Lounging around is nice...

But contentment for me is my mom.  I've always had her with me.  I'm 3 1/2 and she's never had to be gone 5 days a week, every week!  When she's not here with me, none of those other things matter.  I'm sad, anxious and just plain lonely.


These past 2 1/2 years have been an unbelievable, unexpected, incredible gift. Time to rest, time to explore, time to heal and time to recover. If I had my druthers, I'd never go back to work. BUT alas, I haven't won the lottery, nor have I found a sugar-daddy! 

So, as I watch my financial independence quickly dwindle, I'm learning what it means to find contentment no matter what my circumstances.

The truth of the matter is... my life WILL change in the next couple of months.  Change could look like a new job; busy schedule; social calendar limitations; new learning curve; less Coco/more work; new financial freedoms.  Or... change could look like dependency; no money; no job; no home; no certainty.

But contentment for me is Jesus, and the good news is that no matter if I am in abundance or need, Jesus is with me.  Paul, the apostle, learned this lesson in his life, and according to his writings, he didn't give credence to one way of living being better over the other.  Think about that.  No, REALLY. 

T-h-i-n-k   a-b-o-u-t    t-h-a-t!  

How many of us would prefer abundance and security over need and uncertainty?  I'll be honest... I would.

However, what I'm learning is... with Jesus I have everything. His courage replaces my fear; His grace meets my every need; His strength is displayed through my weakness; His peace is fully accessible 24/7 to replace my anxiety; and maybe most importantly... He is good and worthy of my trust.

He has gone before me, He has a plan for me, and He always wants what's best for me. So no matter what my circumstances, whether I am living in abundance or need, Jesus is with me, in me, and guiding me.  

So, Coco asked you a question?  What makes you content? Think about it. Circumstances can change in a blink of an eye.

Sadly poor, un-contented Coco has to live with my absences.  I, on the other hand, don't EVER have to live in the absence of Christ... his everlasting presence IS my contentment!

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