Being Content!

Being Content!
Blog Writers - Sat Jul 21, 2012 @ 09:12AM
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We all have days when we don't feel like doing things.  Some days we'd much rather sleep in and forget about serving our families (as mentioned in the other post).  But when we're tired and overwhelmed, how can we?  We all get discouraged, depressed, and disappointed sometimes.  It's very important to stay happy and cheerful, for as the Bible says, a joyful heart is good medicine!  Instead of feeling sorry for yourself, learn to be content like Paul from the Bible who said, “Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need”. The next part goes on to say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”  (Philippians 4:11-13)

Stay healthy.  This has helped me tremendously.  Girls are naturally a little more emotional, so I found by taking a few different supplements and making srue I’m practicing good health, it balances you out more.  I take the chewable B complex vitamins sold at Superstore in the Jamieson brand; our diets are so lacking of B vitamins, it’s actually quite serious.  So you should definitely take a B complex each day to balance you out, and eat lots of bananas (they contain B vitamins).  Flaxseeds also balance the mood, just grind them up and enjoy.  Another supplement I try to take is fish oil; it also goes under the 'omega-3 oil' name and you can find it at Costco.  Get outside for a bit during the day when you are feeling a little down and eat nourishing foods. If you continually eat junk, you're just feeding your sad emotions!

Choose to serve, even if you don't feel like it.  Can I tell you a little secret of mine?  Just because I’ve made it my goal to serve, it doesn’t mean my heart thrills at the sight of dirty dishes or gets me excited about conquering “Mount Washmore” (aka the laundry!), but if we choose to serve, even if the job is something we absolutely hate, our emotions will follow. 

Put on a smile and sing while you work!  Have you ever looked in the mirror at your appearance, noticed it was dismal, then put on a smile?  Doesn't a smile just change everything?  Smile even if you don't want to smile.  It cheers you up.  Try it!  Also, try singing.  When you aren’t particularly feeling joyful, sin “Come thou fount of every blessing tune my heart to sing Thy praise!”  Sometimes I'll catch myself singing a worship song throughout the day.  When we sing, we're taking our minds off of our work and putting our minds on the things above.

Refresh your mind.  Spend the down hours of your day in the Word.  The Psalms are like a spiritual multi-vitamin, and they will encourage you.  Sarah Bryant, author of The Family Daughter, inspired me with these words: “When we encounter times when we feel unhappy or discouraged, we should turn our feelings over to the Lord immediately—then make the conscious choice to trust God for the provision…I may feel happy and cheerful one moment; the next minute, discouraged and grouchy.  When my emotions change, I have found that it helps me to go to a quiet room, sit down, and dwell on the fact that Jesus is the same now as He was ten minutes ago.  Not only that, but He also has not and never will change!  Hebrew 13:8 gives this glorious promise, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.’  Then I pray the Lord would help me see the circumstances with clarity.  It is so much better to do this than to allow my emotions make me feel depressed.  If I will just stop and ask for God’s grace to help me, He will do it.”  If we let our emotions pile up, they’ll turn into an overwhelming heap.  I’ve found it SO helpful for me to just deal with them right away—before they discourage me.  It’s also important to be thankful…a good idea is to start a thankfulness list in your journal and write down at least three things a day you are thankful for.   

Turn your focus outward and upward.  Turn your depressing thoughts to God, who says, "Cast all your cares upon Me for I care for you."  Pray throughout the day!  Jasmine Baucham, author of Joyfully at Home, says, "I don't know about you, but when I'm losing the battle, usually, my focus is on myself, not on the Lord.”

It really matters.  It may surprise you but it really matters what attitude we have in our homes.  Sarah Bryant in her wonderful book writes: “Our attitude as daughters has a great impact in our home.  If we maintain a cheerful attitude, it will promote a loving and peaceful atmosphere, but if we are discontent and unhappy, it certainly will not be a blessing in our father’s home.  We must strive to consistently radiate the love, peace, and compassion of the Lord Jesus, though circumstances around us change daily.  We, as believers, should trust in the unchanging Rock, and He is our eternal anchor.  ‘From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I’ (Psalms 61:2)….This unwavering attitude is a choice we face and a choice we must make….We will be a great blessing in our home by maintaining a consistent attitude.  When we make this commitment to be emotionally stable while trusting the Lord, it will have a major part in determining the entire family’s spirit and will greatly influence our siblings’ attitudes.  We must learn to be master of daily discouragements; there will be greater hardships throughout our life.” 

Learn a new thing.  When we keep ourselves busy, we don’t allow time for our brain to think of rather foolish, depressing thoughts.  Learn a new thing.  Do you want to learn to knit?  Garden?  Rock climb?  Orienteer?  Find your niche and keep yourself busy!  Mrs. Teri Maxwell, author of Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit, put it best: “I would also encourage you to get up and get busy when you have unwanted feelings.  If you sit and think about them, they have a way of multiplying and entrenching themselves more firmly.  Sometimes that ends up with unwanted actions that accompany the unwanted feelings—an outcome we most certainly would like to avoid.”

Get some rest.  Now you may be wondering why I’m saying relax right after “learn a new thing”, and “choose to serve”.  But this is equally important.  After you have served to your fullest ability, take some time for yourself.  On Friday I was feeling a little down in the dumps, and my unwanted feelings were turning into unwanted actions.  Finally, I decided it would be best for me to take it easy.  I took a nice bath with some fun-scented bath salts, read a few Bible verses, and slid into my covers.  You see?  It is important to serve, but if our serving isn’t cheerful, we’re just going to become more discontent.  I recommend looking for one way to serve your family.  After that, take some time to read your Bible and just get some rest.  You’ll feel better—and will be able to serve better—in the morning.

So when you are feeling like you got the blues, first try and see if you can take your mind off yourself and onto Jesus (turn your focus outward and upward).  Then see if you are staying healthy.  Be content and thankful, refresh your mind in the Word, try learning a new thing and keeping yourself busy, choose to serve to your best ability with a smile, and get some rest when you need it.  We’ll never measure up (remember how imperfect and prone to sin we are?), and I’m just so thankful God’s grace covers all of our sins, and He can help us overcome even our discontentment! 

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1. Blog Writers!   |   Sat Jul 21, 2012 @ 09:17AM

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