Happy New Year! The new year is a time of new beginnings—a do over so-to-speak. The new year is a time to make changes and improvements. As I reflect on 2016 and contemplate 2017, I think of all the things, both good and bad, that marked my life in 2016. One of the things that continues to swirl around in my mind is my attitude this year at Christmas.

This year as Christmas approached I was content. Things were not perfect, no it was far from it, and I didn’t accomplish everything on my to-do list, or buy everyone the perfect gift. What was really hard this Christmas for our family was that this was the first year that our family wouldn’t all be together. Now that our eldest son is engaged, we have to share the holidays with another family. I understood this going into the holidays, and I had no expectations. I made plans, but because I had no expectations, I wasn’t disappointed.

You see I was content.

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In Philippians 4 the Apostle Paul talks about God’s provision in verses 12-13.

12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – ESV

Just before Paul says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” He talks about contentment. Being content regardless of his circumstances. Whether he was rich or poor, whether he was high or low. That is because he knew the source of his contentment, it was not his circumstances, it was Christ.

This is the place where I want to start this year. In a place of contentment. A place where I can do all things through Christ, because He is the one that strengthens me to do his will for my life. I joyfully anticipate the New year, and whether I experience Mountain tops or Valleys I want to be content, with no expectations.

 

 

Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker www.MistyPhillip.com

11 Comments

  1. Oh, how my soul longs to be content all the time. This is something I constantly have to work on because I am so goal-driven and dream-driven that I can get restless. Excited to see where God leads you!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. I am a very driven person too! I tend to get my my self all worked up, and act a lot like Martha. My goal for this year is to be more like Mary, and spend more time sitting at the feet of Jesus rather than worrying about all that needs to get done. Blessings to you in the new year! <3

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  2. Love this. Contentment is always something I’m striving towards. Sometimes it’s easy to be content, other times I struggle. I’m perfectly content in my apartment (great location, good view) but man do I hope that one day my neighbors will move out so I can have dibs on their’s because it’s nicer and has the most amazing balcony with water front view! I wish it was easy to just be content all the time but man, sometimes I really really struggle with wanting more (and not just material things). Anyways, I don’t know what I’m rambling on about….just love this post and the word contentment, great word for the new year!

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    1. Thanks for sharing Tishia! I think it is easy to be discontent when we get caught up in life and lose our focus off from Jesus. Blessings and more Jesus in the New Year:)

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  3. Contentment was my word for last year.
    It is a great way to be.
    Nice post.
    Blessings.
    Deborah

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing Deborah! Have you chosen a word for this year? I would love to know what you chose. Blessings, Misty

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  4. Being content is definitely something I need to work on. My word for the year is Achieve. It’s actually the first year I’ve set a word for the year, so we’ll see how it works outs.

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  5. jiselle jones 01/05/2017 at 9:35 pm

    nice! I too found this christmas I was content. the Lord ensured I had everything I needed and this was the first Christmas in a long time I really enjoyed it for what it was and wasn’t over worked etc.

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    1. @Jiselle, I am so glad for the contentment you experienced this Christmas! Blessings to you in 2017! 😊

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