Thankful Thursday ~ Contentment

I’ve been really struggling with seeking contentment lately. Hubby has noticed that I’ve been bothered by “something” and he’s asked me about it a few times. I couldn’t really put my finger on what’s been tugging at me, until yesterday.

I’ve been bored.

I seriously don’t know how some folks manage to stay relaxed with days and weeks of unstructured time. I am an odd bean that thrives on dealing with so many balls in the air that the only way to survive is to keep those balls moving.

Hubby walked by the computer yesterday while I was on the phone with a colleague discussing next week’s training, e-mailing my department pertinent information that they needed from the morning meeting I had just come home from, and about to take a second call from my new intern to set up a meeting to discuss the new school year … all this happening simultaneously … and he said I was smiling!

We headed over to his campus and started working on his half of the classroom (he’s sharing a room next year) and spent the afternoon getting dirty and sweaty moving boxes and furniture.
It was a wonderful day.

I’m thankful that the Lord has made me just the way I am (Ps. 139) … I would, however, like to learn how to be as content in my unstructured times as I am when I’m busier than any one person actually should be.

In my quest to learn how to be content in all my circumstances, part of a verse kept spinning in my head … “consider the lilies …. they neither toil nor do they spin ….” (Lk. 12:27) The Lord placed this verse on my heart when I first began working to seek contentment several years ago.

I’m thankful that the Lord allows me to recall his Word in times when I struggle.
I’m incredibly thankful for the freedom I have to worship my Lord without fear of prosecution for my faith … that I can openly read His Word, sing His praise songs, pray in public, and share my testimony with others.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to lift my brothers and sisters in Christ that are persecuted daily for their faith. I often wonder if my faith would be as strong as their’s if our circumstances were switched. I pray that it would.

What are you thankful for?

Would you like to be blessed? If so, please visit our hostess, Iris of Sting My Heart, and read more Thankful Thursday posts.
Posted by Lisa at 8:00 AM

Denise said…
Bless you dear one.
August 2, 2007 8:29 AM
Rachelle G. said…
Lisa, I’m similar to you… I am happier with many balls in the air. Thanks for reminding me to be thankful that God knew what he was doing when he created us!
August 2, 2007 9:03 AM
ellen b said…
Ahh, contentment. I’m another creature out here that needs structure in my life to feel like I’m accomplishing anything. Blessings on you as you juggle this into your life, too!
August 2, 2007 9:35 AM
Lorikate said…
Hello, I was just wnadering through the Thankful Thursday blogs, and yours caught my eye. I started blogging b/c I was so bored I wasted all my time staring at walls!! But I wanted to say thank you for reminding me that I AM free to worship as I see fit without fear of persecution!! What a wonderful thought.
August 2, 2007 3:24 PM
Angie said…
Lisa-your thankful heart really spoke to me….I especially love how the Lord reveals His word back to us! I want what I read of Him to STICK! AND STICK AND STICK!!!!Bless you for sharing!
August 2, 2007 4:54 PM
Mary said…
Praise God we are free to worship. It’s a gift, for sure!! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.
August 2, 2007 6:39 PM
eph2810 said…
You know – our Lord made us all different. I think you are content, but you just like to keep busy. I like to keep busy too, but I have to focus on just one project at a time, otherwise I don’t get things done at all. I admire that you can get many things done at once :)…See it as a blessing.Thank you so much for sharing your thankfulness with us this week. Be blessed today and always.
August 2, 2007 11:47 PM
Lisa said…
Thank you Iris for your perspective. I really hadn’t thought tht I could be content and “bored” at the same time. This definitely gives me something to chew on.Ladies, thank you all for stopping by my blog this week. You’ve all blessed me with your presence!Have a wonderfully blessed weekend 😀
August 3, 2007 5:04 AM
Hopeful Spirit said…
I’m Type A and totally relate!

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