being content!

Does this otter look content? Sunbathing on his back, kicking back, cracked us up!


No real big happenings the past few weeks. One of those times when everything seems to be fairly ok. No big anything. Sometimes when things aren’t really up or really down I tend to start thinking, “Am I growing in the Lord?, Am I where I am suppose to be?” So what? Now I am creating something that isn’t there, getting all nerved up about nothing. So silly! Contentment, we should be content in Him. Thankful in everything!

Ecclesiastes 1:8
Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content

1 Timothy 6:6
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

Sometimes I read these blogs, most of them are inspiring and good and sometimes I think, “how does one find this much drama in every day living? How does one make everything about a lesson learned? EVERYDAY there is something to say about something!”

There is this woman that I know, a mother of many, and she is one of those women that if you are near her you feel blessed. I call her a woman of few words who says so much! She may not speak much, but when she does, you listen. The wisdom that oozes out of her you just want to be near. When she speaks to her children she speaks with authority but when they look at her across the room she smiles a smile of approval and you can just see that child swell up with confidence. When there is a crisis, I have heard her go before the Lord in strength and power because she KNOWS Him so well. This is an example of a ‘woman of contentment’.

This, I want to be!

Now I must show some pictures of the kids and I when we went to the zoo! I love going to the zoo with little ones because they don’t remember from year to year going so it is always a ‘new’ experience and it makes things look fresh even in my eyes to see it thru their’s.

May 17, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Leanne - That otter??? He’s either very content or he just swam himself silly and his muscles are aching and he has no choice but to just BE! Or maybe both. I kinda can relate to him.

May 17, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Kara - I love the quote at the top of your blog…left me smiling 🙂
And yes–I’m with you–Lord PLEASE make me that woman of wisdom!

May 17, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Jenay - Content is a good place to be!!!

May 17, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Amy Sullivan - Contentment is tough for me. If I am content, at times, I feel stagnent. If I am not content, I feel ungrateful. Strange.

May 17, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Casey Martinez - Just walked with my hubby today and we both agreed that the greatest thing to desire is contentment. I suppose we will never fully arrive in a perfect place of contentment as that would be Heavenly lol but, we can certainly strive for it! The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. That’s it. Just be. Want not. Just let him lead, direct and follow. Why we make it so hard is beyond me…dang flesh!

May 17, 2011 - 6:33 pm

journeytoepiphany - He is content. He reminds me of a great quote by Madeleine L’Engle, “And then there is time in which to be simply to be, that time in which God quietly tells us who we are and who He wants us to be. It is then that God can take our emptiness and fill it up with what He wants, and drain away the business with which we inevitably get involved in the dailiness of human (or otter) living.

May 17, 2011 - 10:36 pm

Karen and Gerard - I love watching the otters at the zoo because they are usually so active and often play chase. We love going to the zoo and are very glad it is only about 15 minutes from our house! We have our post about the new Elephant Crossing exhibit up today!

May 17, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Cheryl@OntheOldPath - Hi Marlece
I seem to write about contentment at least once a year, if not more often. I think I come to a place of contentment or so I think and then the Lord peels back a new layer and challenges me to go even deeper in the journey to contentment. So I can relate to the desire to be a women of contentment.

May 18, 2011 - 12:45 am

Jen - So, you know, if I feel content, sometimes I immediately snap out of it, waiting for the other shoe to drop. But, that is not how God wants me to live. Sure, drama and crises may come, but the present state of contentment is a gift and I don’t want to miss the blessing.

Love the otter.

May 18, 2011 - 1:17 am

Big Fat Mama! - How cute of you at the zoo! I know what you’re talking about, and I like the way you wrote it all and described it. I’m finding that contentment means knowing God made us, He loves us, and He is here to help us. 🙂

May 18, 2011 - 12:34 pm

Michelle - Contentment. I am learning to be content and trust God for everything. Your friend does sound inspiration and what a good mentor to have.

May 18, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Brandee Shafer - Thanks for sharing about your mom friend.

I want to be that mom who notices the good and praises…not just the mom who notices the bad and scolds.

Blessings to you. Cute otter! Cute family!

May 19, 2011 - 10:08 pm

Lady Rose - Marleece,

To be a contented woman in the Lord: I believe that all Christian women aspire to be this very thing.

Also, thank for sharing some of the pictures of you and your boys. Is the one wearing the sun glasses trying to “play cool?” 🙂

-L. Rose

May 20, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Rachel - Contentment. That’s my path for the year. The Lord has really been teaching me and pruning me and leading me along the path of being content.

Wonderful post.

Rachel

May 20, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Far Above Rubies - Ahhh- perfect picture to go along with contentment. And you’re so right about all the drama. A woman who commands authority doesn’t have to speak so much.

Great post, my friend. I have missed you.

Thanks for always passing by to say hello.

May 20, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Canadagirl - I have ALWAYS loved the otters. Makes me a bit homesick and think of Seattle’s Aquarium. We don’t have zoos and aquariums near by.

Yes, I want to be a woman of contentment. What a blessing to know someone like that.

Blessings in Him<><
-Mary

PS: I have missed you too!

May 29, 2011 - 2:48 am

Nabila Grace - Contentment can be hard to achieve at times but simple at other times. I can only pray to be a woman of contentment like you mentioned!

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