In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the Lord's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us into the desert to starve this entire assembly to death."- Exodus 16:2-3
It's so easy for me to read this and hypocritically judge them as being undeserving brats! They were continuously unsatisfied with the gifts God gave them. He rescued them from Egypt yet their concerns were for the foods that they lost when they left.
But the problem is, I'm the same way. Do I not hear of how Jesus bore my sins on Sunday and complain about how someone has sinned against me on Thursday? Do I not thank God for my job one day only to shake my fist at him when my car breaks down the next?
We are a people deeply rooted in a world where there's always more to be had. And in this "give me, give me, give me" world how easy it becomes to look at our neighbor and covet what they have. This is one of my biggest struggles; to know that God has the power to provide all that I want but would refuse me those things for my good and His glory.
I'm so grateful this chapter doesn't end what the complains of an ungrateful people.
The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much and some gathered little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. -Exodus 16:17, 18w
My heart is stilled by these verses.
God answers a complaining people with a beautiful gift. He gives each person what he needs, but not always what he wants. What the Israelites wanted was certainty and comfort. What they got was a promise from the God of the universe that He would always provide.
I have to admit that there are days when I'd rather just have the certainty; when I'd prefer to see the end of the road, not have the promise of a safe journey. But in desiring the destination, I miss out on the sweet fellowship of the walk with Christ. Choosing to be content isn't something you accomplish in one day, rather something you set your heart on daily. And my prayer is that, the more time I spend seeing God's promises fulfilled, the more I'll begin to see those promises as the greatest of gifts.
This month I'm linking-up with the members of the Peony Project as we all share our struggles with learning to be content. Click on the picture to read what some of the other ladies had to say on the topic.
What little steps are you making toward a life of contentment?
loving:: this winter weather that we've been having! I love winter and it's rare to actually have one in the south. I hope it stays a while.
pinning:: a lot of fitness tips and healthy desserts. This is one I want to try next week!
listening to:: my February playlist and Ed Sheeran on repeat! I'm not sure why it has taken me so long fall in love with him but now I'm hoping he makes a trip to the South East sometime soon!
reading:: Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Where Men Win Glory. The first one is about financial wisdom, something I don't think I have enough of. And the second is about the life of a man who walked away from an NFL contract to enlist in the military after 9/11.
failing:: in my efforts to take more pictures. *whoopsies* Also, my blogging posts have been less than consistent. If I'm totally honest, it's just because I'm being lazy. I need to get it together!
watching:: Friends on Netflix! I spent a summer in college watching all ten seasons in almost ten weeks. But now that they are on Netflix, I've taken to starting up again, this time I'm taking it a lot slower.
eating:: a little crappy lately! I let myself have one cheat meal two weeks ago and now every weekend I want junk! I know that I can't out run my fork so I'm pulling the reigns in a lot in the next few weeks. And I've set my next cheat meal date on my birthday, at the beginning of March!
What have y'all been up to lately?
Can I just say how happy I am to see February?!?! It always seems like January is the longest month of the year. And I think it's because November and December are filled with craziness from holiday travels/work and then everything seems to go silent for the month of January.
This can have it's perks, it's always a restful month. But I'm ready to hit the ground running this month! Which is why I've wasted no time coming up with a list of goals for this month. Before I dive into those, let's see how well I did with my goals from last month.
Computer:: I did not get my computer fixed, the place I went to said that because I didn't purchase it there, they couldn't fix it. So I sucked it up and purchased a new one! And just like that I'm back to blogging in bed!
A Tour of Augusta:: I did not to this in the way I originally planned. But just like any good procrastinator, I turned something that could have been one post into several. I decided to do a mini-series on a few of my favorite places in Augusta. If you missed it, you can check out the first part here.
Health:: this has been a great experience this month! I've taken to going on a run every Saturday with a few friends and have come to actually enjoy it (and when I say "run" I really mean jogging/walking). I've also put to use my TV and I've started doing Pilates or yoga videos on YouTube. They're great because I have an unlimited library so there's no chance of getting bored anytime soon.
Reading:: I did not start and finish two books this month, but I did finish two books I'd been reading since late last year! I even did a review of one of them here. The other review will most likely come along sometime this month.
Scripture:: I also have kept up with the She Reads Truth read through their Bible in a year plan. I've joined a Bible Study once a week and I'm loving it. We're going to start a study on prayer and I'm looking forward to it!
Car:: This one didn't happen after I spontaneously purchased my new computer but we are set to receive our bonuses from last year this month so hopefully it'll be done before March.
Blogging:: This was by far the least productive thing I did last month. I could blame it on not having a computer but that wouldn't be honest, I was just being a slacker. Now that that's out in the open, I feel better.
I would say that all in all, January was a pretty good month in the way of goals being met. Now on to this month's goals.
>>blogging<< I feel like I say this every month, but I really think it's time for me to climb back on the blogging horse! I've had two months where I've barely blogged and it's past time for me to get out of this slump!
>>fitness<< In keeping up my healthy habits from last month, I want to continue to workout regularly while also eating well.
>>community<< I really want to strive to build more relationships with people I don't always hang out with. I want to get to know other people; not because I don't love my friends, I just don't ever want to stop getting to know new people.
>>guitar<< I've been slacking when it comes to practicing my guitar and I would love to be able to confidently play a song by the June! So I've got to spend some more time working on my callouses.
>>reading<< I ordered a lot of books from Amazon last month so I want to finish at least two of them, but if I can, I'm going to push myself to finishing three. I'm currently reading The Future of Us and Rich Dad Poor Dad.
>>car<< get new tires!
What are your goals for the month?
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