Needing to be Content

Hey Ladies,

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Sitting here having some downtime for a moment. Reading Philippians 4.

Philippians 4 New

International Version (NIV)

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.[a]

 

I am just so excited about this health journey that I am on. Some days are better than others, but everyday I am learning something new about myself. As a part of this health journey I would like to start a non-profit helping others to get healthy too.

All week I have been busy putting things together getting ideas and just really just being busy!!! Almost to the point of stressing out a little bit. There are a number of things going on around me and I just do not know what the next step is!  

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Then I started to think “I cant wait to next year when this weight in finally off”, “I cant wait to graduate so I can do this”, “I wish I could do this so that I can do that” and “This just does not look possible at all!”

I got really frustrated. A seed had been planted.

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Then a word came to me content. I googled content with bible gateway and Phillipians 4 came up. I started to read and zero into verses 10-13. I find myself not really being content with where I am right now. Trying to force things. I get so eager to move forward and skip steps along the way. I can be such a busy body and I am a women of many talents.  I have to pray to The Lord to help me stay focus. One day I am cooking and creating elaborate websites then the next day  I am doing complicated chemistry making products and then the next day I am staying up super late creating a full business plan to then I am not even going to use. All while maintaining good grades in nursing school.  

Thank God I have grace and mercy on my life because I am putting the things that The Lord has blessed me to do to the waste side and do them at the last minute and  sometimes I do well others times I miss the whole lesson that was suppose to be learned. 

So I am praying for the ability to be content in any situation and learn what is it that needs to be learned. I do have the ability to be content in some situations, but I need to be content in every situation.

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I feel better now.

God Loves you,

Kali Elaine

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