Another month has come and gone. Long summer nights are slowing fading into crisp fall days. Fall in Charleston translates to slightly less humidity and a minuscule temperature drop, but I will take what I can get. September is one of those in-between months that I always seem to skip over though. It’s like it’s not quite yet fall, and it’s not quite summer anymore. It’s the month that’s in limbo. I’m always looking ahead to October, because 1. it’s one of my favorite months 2. pumpkin everything becomes socially acceptable 3. the fall season is in full swing 4. who doesn’t love October?!?!
But why can’t I just be satisfied with the present? Why am I so incapable of living fully in this very moment? What’s holding me back from finding deep contentment in the now?
Myself. I am the one who holds myself back from fully embracing the present. I am the one who looks within to find contentment rather than to Him who created me and my circumstances. I fret and micromanage my situations, until I realize that I am not in control, God is. And if I look to Him first and above all else, He promises that he will guide and guard my heart every step of the way.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. // Matthew 6:33
This month, my prayer is to seek deeper contentment in the gifts God has given me. I want to truly see and appreciate the blessings that are right in front of me. Instead of being so intensely future-focused, my desire is to find sincere gratitude in the here and now. Too often I think I will be satisfied when I finally start that awesome job, I tone that problem spot, or when I find that perfect guy. But if my contentment is based off of my circumstances, I am NEVER going to find complete satisfaction. The world can’t offer me that. Only God can. And right here right now, I am totally preaching to myself, because I have personally wrestled with this bear of an issue A LOT recently. My circumstances are truly not what I had in mind for myself as a recent college graduate. I never would have imagined myself living at home, working retail, and babysitting on the weekends. That was not in my life plan.
BUT, there have been so many blessings because of where I am right now. I have been able to travel to visit my sister and brother-in-law, I’ve been able to help my parents with meal planning and healthy eating, I’ve been able to make connections in my hometown, I’m able to visit some of my dearest college friends this coming weekend, and I’ve had the constant support of my parents when I’ve had to make difficult decisions. God has me in this place and time for a reason, and I might not always know why, but he is bigger than all the messiness of this life. He is a firm and steady support NO MATTER WHAT. Sometimes we have to be broken to realize just how deeply we need Christ in our lives.
Join with me in prayer this September, and let’s ask God to empower us during this #monthlychallenge to seek Him alone for true and abiding contentment.
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. // 2 Corinthians 12:10
Have a blessed Tuesday!
XO, Kitchy Living
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