Philippians 4:12

I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing.”

I feel I owe an apology to those of you who have wondered why my blogging has well, um, been a little less of late.  I am indeed studying God’s word each day and cannot wait to share what He has been showing me, but today is one of those days when circumstances trump the message I had in my heart this morning.

It seems a few of our cars have decided to be difficult . . . at the same time, of course.  Couple that with a few months of no employment for my dear hubby in the midst of producing new music, my need to work full-time and a strange illness hitting me out of nowhere, well, ok . . . enough excuses.

The amazing thing is what God does in our hearts at such times. Do we delight in our circumstances being perfect or in the One Who is with us in all of our circumstances?  So today when I was driving a dually pulling my husband’s Honda on a chain behind me, a smile broke out on my face and I began to laugh.  This girl never imagined herself driving one of these rigs, and when I felt afraid, I never imagined the grace of God to fill my heart with an inner joy in the midst.  Instead, I sang a song . . .”You make me brave . . . You make me brave”.

Things breaking, vehicles conking out, illnesses, toils, troubles and all of life’s curveballs are intended to point us to our living God Who own it all. He can choose to provide for our need or show us what we really need.  These things, this life, was not meant to be our joy, after all.

So today on Mundane Monday I am reminded of the secret of contentment.  It is learned, after all – in the school of life – and God is the greatest tutor of all.

Lord, thank You for Your abundant grace in the midst of the fire.  You sustain us, Lord.  You are our refuge.  Thank You for joy at all times.

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