How to Battle Discontentment

Thankfulness Journal

Oh friends.

I hope you know that I never want to portray myself as perfect. FAR FROM IT! This week has proven to me just how much work God still has to do in my heart. I’ve been in a funk this week and am seriously struggling with discontentment. I can’t pin-point one reason why I feel this why. It just seems to be a bunch of things jumbled together. Do you battle discontentment? Let me share with you how I plan to win this go-around.

Thankfulness

We all know that a thankful heart is a happy heart (Thanks Veggie Tales… I’m singing your songs in my head!) We know that we need to have hearts of gratitude. I want to be able to say with Paul in writing to the Philippians that “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” To give thanks in every circumstance, not just the everything-is-going-my-way ones.

One way I am choosing to do that is through this amazing Thanksgiving journal by Kim from Not Consumed. I just finished printing it out for my children and myself to use. I tell my children all. the. time. to be thankful for what they have instead of complaining about what they don’t have. It’s time to start taking my own advice.

Thankfulness Journal

Scripture

I need to have reminders in front of me, but not just cute little inspirational quotes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good quote that really inspires me. But what should inspire me more than the word of God? Nothing. So, I plan on making some notecards with scripture verses to remind myself that in this time of discontent to be thankful. I plan on using are these two and more:

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Prayer

Prayer. Sometimes, it is really hard to pray and ask the Lord to change my heart. I know that discontent is a heart issue and not a circumstantial problem. The grass is not greener on the other side, no matter how much I can convince myself of it. The grass is green where you water- whether it’s your marriage, your children, your job, your home…. So my prayer has been “Lord, change my heart. Remove the things I am seeking after for contentment. Let me seek You first and You only. Teach me to be content in all circumstances. To truly have a grateful heart.”

This is not a one time fix. I believe I will go through more “funks” in my life that I can’t just pull myself up by my bootstraps and get myself out of. I have to truly rely and depend on HIS strength to get me through.

How about you? How do you handle seasons of discontentment? Leave a comment and let me know!

Gail

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