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God Is The Well From Which We Water Our Lawn


Humans always seem to be discontent. We want what others have and don’t see the blessings right under our noses. Water and feed the people in your life, you will be amazed by the fruit and riches you gain.

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

God Lives Under The Bed


Dear One,

My spiritual “Big Sister” sent the following article from Christianity Today. 


It blessed me so much that I just had to share it with all of my readers. However, before you read another word, ask yourself this question. Are you content with your life and all that God has provided?

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”        1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)


I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one night. 

He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, ‘Are you there, God? ‘ he said. ‘Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed…’ 

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. 

He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult. 

He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. 

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? 

Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed. 

The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child. 

He does not seem dissatisfied. 

He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work. 

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day’s laundry chores. 

And Saturdays – oh, the bliss of Saturdays! 
That’s the day ……

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Battle Bitterness With A Content Heart

Get Rid of Bitterness

“For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”  Acts 8:23 (ESV)

I am learning that when I compare my life to others…. a spirit of discontent, insecurity, or even a root of bitterness and jealousy will rise up and attack me. But when I look around my life and acknowledge all my blessings and all of His provisions, a thankful heart comes into sight and contentment grants me peace.  I know I am blessed; I just have momentary lapses of memory.

People of the world say to me… “But your lost your teaching career, your dream house, your friends, your beloved dog, much of your financial savings, your health and yet you are happy? Why aren’t you bitter?” 

I reply back, “It is because God has been good to me!!” 

“What do you mean, good?  He gave you a brain tumor!  He stole….http://facingtrials.com

Godly Contentment Leads To Great Gain

Path On Will B Happy Ps 16

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 (NKJV)

Last night I could not sleep, so I started reading Oswald Chambers book, Daily Thoughts for Disciples.  And as it is my birthday on June 26th, I turned to that entry.  It both blessed and convicted me.

“The inevitable barriers are there in every one of our lives. They may not be of all intense order, such as a terrible maiming, or blindness, or deafness, or something that knocks one out of fulfilling one’s ambitions; they may be hereditary incapability’s; but the peril is lest we lie down and whine and are of no more good.  The thing to do is to recognize that the barriers are inscrutable, that they are there not by chance but entirely by God’s permission, and they should be faced and not ignored.”

You see, I have had a rough two years.  On July 23rd I will celebrate my two-year anniversary surviving brain surgery.  My tumor has not grown back and I am in good health.  For this alone I should be eternally grateful.  However, during the course of my recovery, I’ve had many moments of self-pity. I cried many times over the things I lost due to my illness.  These earthly treasures are not of heavenly worth, so now I am bent on building up my heavenly treasury.

Everyone will face challenges in life.  Many of these trials will remain mysteries, impossible…..

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