Wednesday, October 28, 2015

THE SEASON OF DISCONTENT

There are those days I think, "I just can't.  I can't do this anymore."  My get up and go has got up and went and I sit in a heap in the midst of discontent.  Discontent with my life--at a loss for the next right thing--sitting by the side of the path--staring into the nothingness of despair and at a loss as to how to get going once again.  Habitually plodding through the routine of the day, in a daze as I move along in an auto-pilot- like trance --the scenery blurs as the days pass by.

Ashamed of my malcontent---I trod along wondering will this ever get better---knowing in the eyes of the world I am blessed beyond measure.  Thinking I can overcome this---it has to get better---remember the good---and tomorrow will surely come.  And when the morrow comes--and I look around--the scenery is the same as it was yesterday and my hopes are dashed---and once again I face a day of restless discontent.

The voice of reason from deep within--reminds me and prods me --pushes me along.  I get out my list--I read the words to inspire hope--and remember this season of discontent--will pass if I only hold on to these few principles of deep peace.

I.  Don't live in the past.
The past is gone--and there is nothing to gain by living in the state of regrets.  Take my history--learn from it---remember the good times--and pray to forget the bad times.  Don't dwell among the land of yesterdays--instead live in the contentment of the moment.

II. Cling to the promises.
His Word promises hope and a future.  Cling to the promises--know what His Word says about His plans for you.  Remind Him---pray His Words back to Him and expect His response.

III.  Treasure His presence.
He tells us He is always with us.  Trust His Word and believe in His presence.  Watch for Him--look for Him--call out for Him--there are signs all around confirming He is with us.  Be still and feel His Holy presence.

IV.  Know this too shall pass.
He allows our seasons of discontent.  He will also bring us out of them.  If all things work for good for those who are called according to His purpose, then He will use this season for our good as well.  He is a MIGHTY GOD!

So I will muddle through this season and allow Him to continue to mold me and make me ---shape me---direct me to His will---and the joy and contentment which evades me in this moment will again permeate my depths and give me peace.





I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Philippians 4:11

9 comments:

  1. Lulu, you are in a series of serious posts right now; so they deserve serious responses.

    We all sometimes/often feel the way you do. As if life is a continuous treadmill or hamster's wheel. We all get discouraged and feel we can no longer go on; or even at times doubt the very existance of a God of Whom you speak.

    But telling you all this doesn't really help; does it?

    Let me try something else. I believe we are all a gift to each other; placed on this earth to enhance and improve other peoples' lives. Our very presence is, and can often be, a joy to others. People who enjoy/love our company and the little brightness we bring to their lives.

    So when you feel down, as I often do (especially when in an elevator - sorry - I promised to be serious). When we feel down we should stop and reflect on the number of people whose lives are enhanced by our very presence; people who will mourn us when we are gone; because then our absence will remind them of the positive effects our presence had in their lives.

    You see Lulu ... you are treasured, not only by your family and friends who know you; but also by all those who read your Blog and wish they knew you better.

    God bless.

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    1. Victor, always give me a laugh, for there are days I only laugh once--and that is at your silliness!

      Thank you for your kind words--and I wrote this post about a week ago---today the world is beginning to look brighter. Nothing has changed--but my outlook is better. And through it all--He listened as I called out--faithfully-He listened!

      Blessings, Friend!

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    2. I'm so glad things are a little brighter today, Lulu. I am praying for you.

      There are times, believe me, when I wish things were much brighter in our home. But these new energy saving light bulbs are totally useless. And they take so long to come on when you switch them on. I could be upstairs and I get downstairs before the lights have even come on. Quite a feat considering we live in a bungalo.

      Seriously though ... you are treasured Lulu. And when you feel down just think of your family and grand-children.

      God bless.

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  2. B-12 and hormones ... seriously, might wanna have some blood work done and see if the outlook improves. I'm having that difficulty right now. The proper medication can make all the difference in the world. Plus, what Victor said. He's right, you know. You're not just loved by grandkids but you have LOTS of folks out here that care and are praying for you. The world would be a much sadder place without you in it.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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    1. IF only I could take hormones, but have other issues which prevent that. Perhaps it's time for my every 3 rd year physical, Sparky! I will do that right after I get this Meficare mess straightened out😣. It's enough to drive the sanest crazy!
      Thank you for your sweet words, Sparky. The world has not changed, but my perception has - so headed in the right direction!
      Blessings, Friend!

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  3. Hi Lulu! When I was reading your post I thought about the passage "Though I walk through the valley, I will fear no evil..." Seems like you are having some 'valley times'. I like how you decided to turn it all to some great thoughts about getting back you peace. (Sounds like they're working for you too!) Thank you for sharing your wisdom at a time when maybe you'd rather be silent.

    Even our hard times can teach. Actually, they speak louder than any good time. Faith in the dark is not a gift given to many, but you have it, and you are shining right through. You can't see it, because we look out, not at ourselves. But let me tell you, you do shine.
    Of course, take care of yourself physically. No question about that. But also take a look at all the beautiful things God has done with your hard times. He has made you a champion of grace, and source of wisdom to us all. I know I benefit from it.

    So glad you're on the 'upswing'! Just know that wherever you are, you shine. (Yes, YOU!!)
    Ceil

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    1. Bless you, Ceil, for blessing me! You brought to mind "This Little Light Of Mine"- the simple things are truly the best things!

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  4. {{{{Sigh}}}} You're talking to me, right (you and Sparky, Ceil and Victor)?????----and I am not going to bother to say anything else, as they have already said it...been there, done that, and sometime still doing it, sweet friend...yes ma'am...sure are. Love you sweet friend.

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    1. Oh we all take a good wallow occassionally !
      Love you!

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