Isn't that the truth? We can try and try and try to make our own plans come to fruition, and when they don't... we are filled with all sorts of discontentment. Do you do that? Or imagining a life that we've dreamed up in our mind (how many kids we should have, how our husband should treat us, our own personal appearance, how our home looks, etc) only to be left disappointed because it may be totally different than the picture we've created in our minds. So how do we remain content as women?
1) Let go of the reigns.
For us control freaks, this is a hard one. Take one day at a time and before your feet even hit the floor for your day, stop and pray something like this: "Lord this day is yours. It is all for you. I give my control over to you. Please bless this day and help me to be content and obedient to you."
2) Stop comparing yourself to others.
The comparison game is deadly. Stop comparing how that other woman conducts her life and live the life God has given you. I heard this once..."the grass is greener where you water it." So stop worrying about the other person's home and invest in the one God has blessed you with.
3) God's Word.
The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sufficient for every need and care. Its instruction is profitable for every area of your life. Make time to read it daily. Have it open on your kitchen counter if need be!
4) Remove The expectations.
We can become angry and bitter when we have expectations that are not realistic. Remember, your life is in God's hands. Remain faithful and He will bless you with the desires of your heart as you keep Him first. The things you think you want may be in fact something entirely different. Entirely better!
5) Pursue your passions but don't let them define you.
I so believe in following your passions and pursuing them as women. I think that God has created us as unique, vibrant, passionate creatures. It is entirely healthy to find something you love and perfect it. But don't let that passion define you. We are defined by who we are in Christ first and foremost. Don't force something to happen in your life that may not be in God's timing.
6) Thank God for what you have... all the time.
I love the thought of thanking God for what you have around you. Imagine if that person or thing that you didn't thank God for today was gone tomorrow? Your husband? Your kids? That sink, or washing machine, or house, or toilet? The big and simple things in life we need to thank Him for. Nancy Leigh DeMoss says,
"I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine or I can worship! And I can't worship without giving thanks. It just isn't possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.”
What about you? How do you remain content as a woman?