Tuesday, January 1, 2013

One Word


What if you chose one word to guide you this year instead of the traditional New Year’s resolution? What would your one word be?

I know this year I must choose to be content in all things.


There has been little in my life that has made as much an impact as learning to be content in all things. Whether I have little or much, feel good or bad, whether it’s a work day or a play day, the secret to contentment and being fulfilled is believing that God and what He has provided for me in this very moment is all I need.

“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

Feeling uneasy or troubled seems to plague many of us in our world today. Life is full of challenges; each day we are faced with the challenge of balancing work, family, and personal time. But worry and anxiety cause discontent in our lives, and they are the opposite of faith and steal our peace and happiness. If we are unhappy or dissatisfied in our current state of life, we miss seeing the good things that God is providing for us, and I have learned over and over that contentment and joy can only be found when I allow the power of God to control my life instead of trying to change my circumstances or control my own life.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)


To cure my anxious state and achieve contentment in all things has everything to do with my attitude and my faith. Faith is stronger than doubt, negativism, and fretfulness. And there are techniques that will help me in my resolve to live a fulfilled and content life.

ü  Learn to give thanks in all things

ü  Always rest in God’s purpose for my life

ü  Keep life simple

ü  Practice cheerfulness in every situation

ü  Don’t take myself or others so seriously

ü  Learn to live above life’s circumstances

ü  Have a sense of humor

ü  Learn to be satisfied with little

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

I have nothing to gain by giving into anxiety, and nothing to lose by giving in to being content! To live a contented Christian life I must allow the power of Christ to reinforce and build up my life. I need to change my perspective and gain a new appreciation for what God is doing in my life. God is more than happy to teach me how to be content in all circumstances!




What’s your One Word?


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21 comments:

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    1. Thank you Jedidja; blessings sweet sister!

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  2. Content is a good one. My one word for 2013 is surrender. And btw, check out my blog post today. There's a link to Melanie's blog where you can have her create a blog button with your one word for free. She did mine and I love it.

    Happy New Year Denise!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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    1. Love your word too, Debbie! Thank you for referring me to Melanie's blog for the button; love it! :)

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  3. Hi Denise,
    I think content is an excellent choice for one word to guide you for the year. That word would certainly be one high on my list to consider for myself along with thankful and joyful. I am going to have to give that some thought. Thank you for sharing as I think it is an excellent idea instead of New Years resolutions.
    God bless,
    Ken

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    1. Happy New Year Ken! Being content is my focus right now; it certainly puts me in a better place to be more thankful and joyful! :) Blessings sweet friend!

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  4. Wonderful post! Too many words going around centering on experiencing God's love. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you JBR; wishing you the very best this New Year!! :)

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  5. What a great word, Denise!! That verse in Timothy rocks me each time I read it. We brought nothing, we're taking nothing. Relating that to contentment forces an altered perspective. Finding thanks in the everything of life requires intentionality. You totally have this, girl!! God's gonna show up and show off with manifesting this word daily in your life. I can't wait to hear about it!!

    Falen

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    1. You are such an encouragement sweet lady; loved your word, too! :) Blessings and hugs sister!

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  6. Hi Denise, Content is a great word to focus on for the year. I used that one last year and even though i have very very far to go, I do believe I have made some growth. My word this year is Trust!
    God bless my friend
    Tracy

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    1. Being content is definitely a state of mind I need to focus on Tracy; I am too anxious and worry over everything! It will be a challenge for me! :) Love your word too, and it is a perfect one for you this year my friend!

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  7. content is a great word for this year. He has given us so much to be content with!

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    1. Agreed Becky! :) Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Happy New Year!

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  8. Oh Denise,

    I love this post and your idea on focusing one word, one thing. I will ask the Lord what He would have me to focus on. I like your list of tip on how to help you life a contented life.

    May you reap joy and peace with contentment this year.

    Blessings...Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan! Happy, joyful New Year my friend! :)

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  9. Great word...it is one that God has been working on in my heart...may it bear fruit in my life.
    Blessings in this New Year

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    1. It has been on my heart too Janette. Praying that we can both experience fulfillment and peace this New Year! Blessings!

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  10. Contentment is a great word to cling to during any time. As I had been thinking about a guiding word, the one that spoke to me is surrender.

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    1. Great word Wanda! Surrender is the first step in overcoming any kind of situation that holds us in captivity when it comes to our thoughts, mind, body and spirit! Blessings as you discover true surrender this year!

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  11. My one word is embark. I felt as God gave it to me with the scripture of Joseph taking Mary and Jesus to Egypt for safety. I am believing God is planning a journey, and it may be to unlikely places. Love the word content...always asking God for a little of others words too :)

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