The Art of Contentment

15 June 2018

Hello everyone,

 

Are you ever at the grocery store, at the movies, etc and you overhear people complaining? And don’t you just wonder to yourself why they are complaining? I mean, even I complain about stuff. But if there’s one thing I try my hardest not to complain about are the blessings that God has blessed me with. And that’s what I’m here to talk to you about today.

 

I don’t watch the news anymore, because it’s far too much negativity. People killing themselves because they don’t have God in their lives and they’re not grateful for the blessings God has given them. The media complaining about the President that half the country didn’t vote for, when they should learn to be respectful of all people no matter what. The media complaining about anything. Politicians and celebrities saying or doing this or that that was shocking and apparently newsworthy. I’m sickened about all of that. Complain, complain, complain.

 

Let me tell you, if the majority of our world, or society in general, learned to be content with what they have and learn to follow God like they should, we wouldn’t have as many problems and misled people. We wouldn’t have a bunch of complainers we’re surrounded with. And it’s ironic, too, that a lot of things that they complain about in their lives they have actually wanted/hoped for/prayed for at one time in their lives. Now, hmm, suddenly that changes?

 

  • Don’t complain about your God, for He was the one Who created you and your loved ones and made you into a beautiful person, Who gave you all your hobbies and loved ones and people in your life. You should be extremely grateful to Him every day for all these blessings in your life, for it is actually only if we are thankful for what we already have do we receive more blessings.
  • Don’t complain about your job, because you need it to supply your income. Without income you wouldn’t be able to put food on the table, pay your bills, and buy stuff. It provides security for you and your household, and is a blessing.
  • Another blessing is your spouse. Actually, this should be #2 on your list that you’re thankful for blessings (#1 being God). Remember when you were in high school or college and the only single person among all of your friends, and how you longed for, in the deepest recesses of your heart, for someone to share your home with? And now you’re complaining how your husband or wife never does this or that, blah blah blah? Really? Don’t forget about everything your husband or wife DOES do to you, and how much they love you. Don’t forget how they always treat you right and how you’re #1 in their life. Spouses are a huge blessing. I should know – I married one 🙂
  • Don’t complain about your children and everything they do or don’t do. Try to be the best parents that you can and raise them right, but don’t wish that you never had children or that it wouldn’t be so hard. There are hundreds of infertile couples all over the world who would KILL to be in the same position that you’re in. Don’t forget that. Children are a blessing, more than you can ever imagine.
  • Don’t complain about your family, for there are lots of folks out there in the world who don’t have family at all. Families are a blessing.
  • Don’t complain about your friends, for God sees and knows everything, and along with talking bad about everyone else in your life, you will stand before the Lord on that one day. Friends are a blessing, but if they are thorns in your sides, then maybe it’s time that you find some better and truer friends. Friends should always make time for you and be by your side. They should encourage you and want to be around you all the time. That’s how one knows they have true friends.
  • Don’t complain about the food that you eat, the water you drink, the places you go. There are lots of people in the world who don’t have such luxuries. The right thing to do is to be thankful for the food that you’re eating, which is something I had to learn from a young age. Even if you don’t like the food, eat it anyway and be thankful that God has richly blessed you in supplying it to you.

Overall, folks, just be content. Be content with what you have and you can never go wrong. True contentment, though, is found through being a follower of Christ. Believe, repent, confess and be baptized for the remission of sins. Follow God and His unique plan and will for your life. It will change your life. It will make you into a better and stronger human being. And, for the love of all that is good and great, please just stop complaining so much. People don’t like to hear it anyway.

 

Be content. Be thankful. And be good to others. ~ That, after following God, is the answer to true and lasting happiness.~

 

JMK~

 

 

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A Blessed Marriage~

Hello everyone,

Marriage is a blessing from God. My parents raised me with that constant reminder. My mother once told me that I would be blessed in my marriage, and not only that, but when you marry, you not only marry the man you love, you marry your best friend. How should your marriage make you happy and stay life-long? First and foremost, because of God, and relying on Him daily to continuously bless our marriages as He continues to do. But also because of constant communication, honesty, showing and telling each other how much we love each other on a daily basis, and finally, be each other’s best friend.

In this novella that I wrote in college, the last thing on Millie Larsen’s mind was marriage. She was in her mid-twenties and came from a very wealthy yet standoffish family. Her parents were very strict — so strict, in fact, that they wanted her to marry into an arranged marriage. No matter how hard she tried, she would not be able to resist them. She would be marriage before her twenty-eighth birthday no matter what they said – and this is set in present times!

Can you imagine the kind of power a couple has to have over their only child to demand such a decree? That their daughter marries into an arranged marriage? I would’ve been flabbergasted, depending why the need to have an heir in the family legacy so badly. Although, God is looking out for Millie. She may have to marry into another wealthy family, but she marries a good Christian man – Tom Andersen – who is just as unhappy about this arranged marriage as she is. She’s never met the guy, he’s never met her, and this entire situation just looks bad.

But as they marry and they grow together as friends in this romance novella called “Great Kentucky,” gradually learning to count on each other and rely on one another more and more every day, they learn the secret to true marital happiness — and, in the process, they fall in love. Obstacles come along the way, threatening to tear them apart. At the end of the story, you will discover the depth of true love and what it really does for a couple. I wrote this book not just because I wanted to tell another cool romance story, but I also wanted to share and also show the true love and happiness to marriage.

One of the things I get really annoyed at is hearing about marriages, usually celebrity marriages, where it doesn’t last very long. The Kardashians are testament to that, as well as a certain king called King Henry V111 who had eight different wives with marriages that either ended in divorce or death, most of them by the beheading of his wives….ugh. It doesn’t ever seem like they understand the true secret to marriage like what I mentioned in my first paragraph. 🙂 Divorce rates are skyrocketing highly all over the nation. This is mainly due to the fact that people do not understand the secret to marriage. Marriage is forever, a blessing given by God unless in cases of adultery. And why would you even want to be with someone aside from your spouse? Why would you want to hurt the one that God has meant for you to be with for life?

You can rely on your spouse for so many things, and like all marriages, there may be ups and downs. But what do you do? You work through it and if you do so patiently and lovingly, keeping in mind selflessness and the constant ambition to see each other’s best interests, those ups and downs truly do bring you closer together. You most definitely shouldn’t give up. Every day you find another reason to love each other and admire one another. You strive to learn more about each other (and trust me, even when you’re old, you still learn stuff from one another!), and in the process, grow closer and closer. So close that you may even know the next thing your spouse says before he or she finishes saying it.

There’s one thing that I’d personally like to share. In my life, I’d never been much of a football fan. Outside of the Vikings and Packers, I hadn’t much of a clue what the football rules were or even who a lot of teams were. My mom knew a ton more than I did! But anyway, after I met my husband, I gradually began to learn more and I realized, as our relationship eventually blossomed into marriage, that it will melt your spouse’s heart and make him really happy if you learn to enjoy the same things that he does. Therefore, the more football games we watched together, the more questions I asked as I forced myself to watch the games. As I asked questions, it showed my husband my true keen interest and it both shocked him and also made him happy.

And now, I know every team in football today, most of the footballs rules, and last night when we celebrated the Super Bowl and watched our Patriots win, you wouldn’t believe how excited I was! Not just to win – but I was excited to watch the game! 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed week 🙂

JMK~ 🙂