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The Virtue of Contentment / WK 5 / Day 3

The Virtue of Contentment / WK 5 / Day 3

HAPPY DAY 3 OF WEEK 5!

(We are in Wk 5 in our book, but it is the 6th Wk of our study together!)

As we continue to spend time with the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts, it is my prayer that the Lord will increase your confidence in knowing WHO HE IS, and WHO YOU ARE IN HIM.  I am prayerful, that the truth that He has deposited in your hearts over the course of this study, will penetrate deeply…and will bring about change in your life!

Read from Isaiah 55

10″For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

12“For you will go out with joy
And be led forth with peace;
The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

13“Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the LORD,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.”

As we studied 2 Corinthians 12 : 8-10 we learned that the Lord’s POWER is made PERFECT in our weakness.

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

My summary…my biggest “take away” from week 2  is below:)

The Virtue of Contentment / WK 5 / Day3 / Sue Carroll

LET’s LET GO of the quest to achieve perfection.  Why do we want to work so hard to achieve so much less than what our God has prepared for us?

IN EXPOSING (NOT HIDING) MY WEAKNESS FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, I CAN FIND CONTENTMENT IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

That sounds really GOOD to me!

I’m not saying that we should unleash our weaknesses on everyone around us:)  BUT, as we confess them to our God (who already knows them) we will BRING THEM OUT of the dark cave they have been “festering in” and OUT INTO THE LIGHT for the LORD to penetrate and illuminate…then we will have victory over them…and “His power will be made perfect in us” displaying His Glory, as we EXPERIENCE HIS FAITHFULNESS!

I can’t draw a straight line.  I don’t even try! Instead, I look for ways to create “imperfection.”  I letter with varying styles and shapes with the intention of NOT creating a perfectly spaced, perfectly ordered “piece.”  I surrender my weaknesses, allowing them to be transformed into something beautifully imperfect.

If everything :”looked perfect” we would quickly be bored and uninspired! God created us to be unique. NO ONE IS QUITE LIKE YOU! Are you questioning God’s workmanship as you see yourself as “less than?”

The Virtue of Contentment / WK 5 / Day3 / Sue Carroll

Celebrate your weakness as you allow the Lord’s POWER,  to be made perfect within you! Celebrate your uniqueness…smile at your style! It’s all your own…and God sees you as BEAUTIFUL…and so do I:)

As we let go of our “need to achieve” perfection, we will find contentment in His.

Bless you!

Sue



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