Trading Desperation for Peace and Contentment

Have you ever glanced at something, and in a flash had a creeping feeling of dread? How can a split second of visual make such a powerful connection with your brain that, in a snap, alters your mood? This morning, I bounced down the stairs to my office – not in a falling down the stairs bounce, but in true Tigger fashion, a joyful bounce. As I turned on the light my eyes were drawn to an open magazine article with a huge elegantly printed title “Desperate for more” – an instant, a connection, an altered thought. Desperate for more …. Am I desperate? I don’t think so, but what if I am and just don’t admit it? Temperature check – desperate. Desperate. Desperate for more …. what?

Walking further into my office, God spoke to me about how quickly I felt a demoralizing effect from one tiny title on a page. Coffee in hand, I picked up my ‘Thankful’ journal and pen to write the daily entry. Thankful for – where do I start? My journal has an entry for every day and my Joy jar has a note for each day too. Desperate for more – of what? Here’s what I arrived at when I spent some quiet time with the Supreme Controller and Provider of all things.  empty_platform

Love – Psalm 90:14&17 “Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!” I’m not desperate for love. I have all I need and am satisfied with that.

Wisdom – Ephesians 1:17 “I pray that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” The best way to avoid feelings of desperation is pray that you will know God better.

Peace – These comforting words come from Luke 1:78-79 “Because of the tender mercy of our God, there is light in darkness and He guides our feet into the path of peace.” We have the perfect instruction manual for peace. The Bible speaks extensively about peace what it is, how to get it, how to keep it, why you never need to be desperate for it. Philippians 4:8-9 “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Hope – Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Contentment – I know what you’re going to say already. “You sound like a broken record.” But I have to remind myself and maybe you won’t mind a little reinforcement. Comparison is the opposite of contentment. When I think of contentment, I remember the 6th chapter of 1 Timothy.  I could copy the whole thing right here for you, but let’s start here with 1 Timothy 6:6 “godliness with contentment is great gain. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. “  If you want to read the remainder, just remember 1 Timothy 6.

Sometimes I need a little wake-up call  and allow God to warn me to stop being so vulnerable to suggestion and start fully trusting Him to meet my desperate needs.

God knows we are a desperate people. Our emotions are ripped apart and pieced back together. The happy face of one moment becomes the frown of defeat the next. The optimist can teeter on the edge of pessimism when the burden is too heavy to carry. Desperate for more ….

The magazine article’s complete title which I didn’t see at first was Desperate For More Time. The article said we are slaves to time and our schedules are fused so tightly there is no time for leisure. It’s a common problem, feeling desperate but I learned something today. I’m not desperate for anything.

Philippians 4:19 “God will provide everything you need according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

How about you? Are you ready to turn in your desperate wants for peace and contentment?  I’ll meet you out there.

Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd. That’s all I want.”


2 thoughts on “Trading Desperation for Peace and Contentment

  1. Jane, I’m right there with you. I have so many blessings – I’m certainly not rich, not even middle class, yet He provides light and songbirds and food and shelter and enough money to pay my rent every month.

    As for that magazine article, we all have the same 24 hours. It’s not what we do but who we are in those waking hours that matters. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.”

    • Thank you for your touching words, Irene. You are a blessing. I’m not rich or even middle class either anymore but God gives me all I need and and more. I had more fear of life and circumstances when I had a good paying job than now when it’s a miracle that we meet our expenses month after month. The Lord is my shepherd I have all that I need and I have joy beyond the boundaries

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