Let your conversation be without covetousness;
 and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Hebrews 13:5
This is a promise!  There have been times in my life when I think I just cannot do this by myself.  Whatever THIS is, I can’t do it alone. I. CAN. NOT. DO. IT. BY. MYSELF. Ugh, excuse me, Mary, no one ASKED you to do it alone!  No one said you have to figure it out by yourself!  The Lord promised here that he would never leave us or forsake (abandon) us…so we do not have to go thru this life and our struggles alone.  BUT…that is not the only part of this scripture.
“be content with such things as ye have” is easier for some than others, but it is a concept worth examining and embracing.  How often do I look around and think, “if only it were this or that…if only…”
Life is too short to live with “if onlys” I need to learn to be content with what I have and not wish for something different.  He will never leave me to stuggle thru this life on my own…he is always beside me…so, no matter how bad I think things may be, there is somebody bigger than you and I to walk with me, hold my hand and carry me if need be.  That is a pretty awesome friend!
Another lesson I have learned to embrace in my life is that my struggles are indeed, just that…MY struggles.  HE gave them to ME…they are part of my life and they are part of what makes ME who I AM.  Part of what molds me and shapes me into the creature he wants me to be.  Sometimes, I feel as if I am being tested by fire, yet, He is with me in the fire and I know He will guide me thru the fire…He will even CARRY me, if need be, but HE is most definitely present in my fire. 
It is harder to be thankful in difficult times.  Whether those times are financial, family related…whatever, it is harder for we as humans to be thankful when things are not going well…but He is with us in our struggles and maybe there is a lesson for us in the struggles.  Remember this, He will never lead you where he isn’t waiting to meet you.  I don’t know who said that, but it is true.  He is waiting…
Lord, as I start this day, help me to remember that you are with me…every step of the way.  That you are with my family and those I love…leading and guiding them too. Lord, I ask a special prayer for my friend and the issues she is facing.  Only you can intercede Lord and work your miracles in the lives of those involved.  Lord, I know that young people are so bombarded with things of this world that they may not be able to see that you love them and are waiting for them…please open the eyes of the ones that cannot see, show them and remind them that you love them and are waiting for them with arms wide open…willing and ready to take them back.  Lord, help me to be content with what I have and realize that the struggles in my life are there for a reason, given to me, by you to help me grow in my faith and learn from the trials.  Thank you for the many blessings in my life, especially the gift of your Son.
Can you find contentment in your struggles?  It isn’t easy and I cannot always do it, but it is an exercise worth trying!

Multitude Mondays…
11. blue skies.
12. restful weekends.
13. birds at the feeder.
14. trials that make me stop and think.
15. blessings I am not even aware of!

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Peace and Blessings….


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