Contentment spot on

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the Lord
and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Contentment is:
....when your concerns about things that are out of your control lose their grip in your heart.
....when your dependence on material provisions is transformed into a deep dependence on God.
....when you continually choose to live your life delighting in the Lord.
....when you discover that whatever God provides is enough.

Bench of Comfort

Jeremiah 3:33
"Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

Desires of my Heart 2012

I always get amazed every time I'm able to accomplish something knowing full well it is beyond my self discipline. You know it's a "God thing" when something like that happens.

Pondering my goals/aspirations/intentions is one thing, but writing them and boldly declaring them for accountability, is another. I've always wanted to do it especially when I see my BFF, Cecile, boldly declaring hers on FB every start of a new year. But my self discipline gets in the know, no time, etc., etc., excuses, excuses (maybe I should include "work on my procrastination" as one of my aspirations:) Well, our bible study group's work yesterday was to write down our short term goals. We even lifted up each other's goal(s) in prayer. So more excuses! It's so obvious how God has been, and is always, working behind the scenes to give us the desires of our heart.

Here are the desires of my heart for the year 2012:

1.) Continue Quiet Time
  • 6am-7am or after dropping off Isabella
  • if possible mid-afternoon while waiting for Isabella at SFB
  • before bedtime around 9:30pm-10:30pm
2.) Arrive on time at our weekly Fremont Bible Study Group (Fridays, 10:30am)
3.) Start a personal bible study with my BFF Cecile

4.) Collaborate an inspirational project with my BFF Cecile (FB page: Whispered Prayers From the Heart)

5.) Resume journalling (create inspirational blog - Too Blessed to be Stressed: Gifts of Motherhood and contribute it to our church's monthly newsletter

6.) Start exercise program with bible study friends twice a week

7.) Remain positive and content (I refuse to let the enemy steal my joy!)

So there you have it! I've finally declared my desires!:) Now will someone/anyone/everyone please hold me accountable?!:)

Psalm 37: 4 Take delight in the LORD,
and He will give you the desires of your heart.

The closer we get to God, the more our desires align with His will

Side note:
I think the last one on my list: Remain positive and content, may be the hardest to keep. Yes, in our own strength and by our own ability, we can't continuously keep positive and content in a fallen world. But when we put God's Word in our heart, when we lean on His strength and trust in His promises, we can!
The Apostle Paul said in

Philippians 4:12-14

New International Version (NIV)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.