Tuesday, July 15, 2008

~WFW~Security & Contentment~



1 Corinthinians 3 7

Phillipians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
John 15:5 ~ I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing .

I was shy when I was a child. When in kindergarten my "security blanket" so to speak was to hang on to my teacher's dress. From 1st grade to 3rd grade I cried (at least) the first day of each school year. I have memories of struggling some in 1st grade with not wanting to be at school. My Mom tells the story of repeatedly taking me to doctor because I complained of my stomach hurting. After 1st grade I don't remember not liking school, but I do remember feeling more secure when I was at home. I can't deny there were also times when it was more "interesting" to be at home, rather than school.

Today, I feel secure because of Christ. I have come to realize that security and contentment is a choice. True joy is not the result of having everything I want but of gratefully receiving exactly what God has given me. The enemy robs many of us of joy by getting us to live in that foolish realm of "if only..." If we are not secure and content with what we have, we will not be content with what we think we want.

The deepest needs and longings of our hearts can only be filled by God Himself.

Without Christ, I am NOTHING. He strengthens me daily.

I would ask that you pray for my search for a job. I have several things that I'm looking into and working on. Jan has also started her new treatment. Please pray for great results with minimal to side effects.

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22 comments:

Darlene said...

Beautiful picture and verse. I smiled when you talked about first days of school. Brings back so many memories.

Praying for you and Jan.

Blessings my friend,
Darlene

Amy said...

Thank you for these verses. I needed to hear this today. Again I have been blessed by WFW.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

I can't imagine not having God for our assurance, and security can you? Thanks for your insight Cheryl! Have a beeeautiful day.
Lea
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Kim said...

What a beautiful picture and verse!!

Yes, count me in...I AM praying for you...and your job search. God has the PERFECT job waiting for you....hang tight to his hand...he's leading you!

Kim~

Denise said...

Such a lovely picture and verse sweetie.

ellen b. said...

I love these verses and your thoughts to go with them. Praying right now for the job and the minimal side effects from the new treatment...

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

Praying for you and your search for a job! Thank you so much for sharing a wonderful WFW! It was very uplifting and I loved it!

Joyfull said...

Beautiful picture and such an encouraging verse. I can relate to your childhood memories and with thankfulness praise God for His assurance. Prayers are with you and your family.

Natalie said...

I've really enjoyed growing flowers this summer so this verse and picture are extra special for me. Thanks for sharing.

Amy deanne said...

you know the world thinks for the most part that they "made a baby" but we know God made the baby, planted it and grew it.. we were just the vessels.. this is such a great reminder of that!

Melanie said...

Oh, yes.. security in Christ is THE BEST!

Christina said...

Good reminder. I am so glad we are secure in Christ and don't have to put up with all this trying to impress people or make them like us. It sure takes the stress out of life. I pray that many find this peace and contentment in Christ that we know.

I was praying for Jan before and wondering about her treatment. It would be a true miracle if she is healed from this new trial.

My sister won't have her MRI until July 25 because she wanted to go over to Sloan Kettering where my mom was and they are very booked so she was willing to wait for this appointment. I will keep you all posted. Thanks for asking.

PS How is your friend Joyce doing?

Chickie Momma said...

Kind of reminds me that I'm not the one growing my garden, God is!! Lovely verse and photo today, thank you for sharing. I'll be keeping you in my prayers.

Laurie Ann said...

Cheryl, I'm still praying for your job search and for Jan. You're right about contentment being a choice. I love it! Great photo and verse. Happy WFW!

Dawn said...

Your post hit home with me with some issues my life today. So powerful. Makes me think I need to stop for a second and rethink how I want to handle something. So glad you posted this today! What a blessing!

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

Such a wonderful verse and picture today!!!!! I think the greatest step in anyone's life is the day they realize that their security is in Christ alone! I struggled with that for so many, many years, and my life changed when I latched on to this wonderful thing! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

Cora

Tracy said...

Oh my friend, this is SO beautiful and so very true. It touched my heart to read about your childhood shyness and fear of going to school. I can so picture that. I love what you shared.

"I have come to realize that security and contentment is a choice. True joy is not the result of having everything I want but of gratefully receiving exactly what God has given me." So beautifully true.

With continuing prayers for Jan, and for you...
Tracy

lori said...

Cheryl....
I love that photo....lantana...you know what a perfect verse too!!

Peace to you and prayers as you seek that new job...praying God whispers to you just loud enough for you to hear....

lori

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Are those verbinas I see? I love verbinas even though I don't know how to spell them. I came here from Peggy's and when I saw your pic, I thought "I know her" or rather your picture. I've never been to your site.

I love the verse on your flower. Oh, what depth can be told from that scripture. I've heard several sermons or such giving analogy to that verse.

Carol said...

Great thoughts! True satisfaction is not getting what we want but wanting what we get. I will pray for you a job.

Tricia said...

What a great verse and a great picture to go with it! Thanks!

nancygrayce said...

I was not shy as a child, but did feel more secure at home. I am still a homebody, but love the security that comes from Christ. Most days it is the only thing that keeps me sane.....or somewhat sane. :)