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There's something about parenting (and by something, I mean everything) that calls us to live by example. Confronting this issue with our eldest brought me to a place with the Lord that revealed my truly unthankful and uncontent attitude.
In singleness, I longed for marriage. In marriage, I longed for financial success. In financial success, I longed to be a mom. In pregnancy, I longed for the newborn phase. In the newborn phase, I longed for the toddler stage. In this toddler stage, I long for other children.
And this ugly pattern goes for our material possesions as well. I know that I am called to simplicity and that He provides for our needs according to His riches and glory. But I still want the Pottery Barn cataloge home, the new car that will scream to the world that I am a mom, the house that will financially establish us. Seriously? I am always wanting more; but more of the wrong thing.
In our possesion-driven culture, it is hard to step aside and be content. Even in Churches, pastors are driving Cadillacs and worship leaders brand new SUV's. May the Lord bless abundantly, but may my heart never covet another man's abundance.
I am slowly learning how to live in every circumstance and be filled. Reminding myself I am first a citizen of Heaven and this world is not my home. I am slowly realigning my heart to my First Love, the One who was, is and is to come and who is never-changing. But I have an instinct that this unthankfulness and inability to be content goes beyond myself.
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In what areas have you shown discontenment? Do you display a thankful heart at all times? How are you filled by the Living Water?