06 October 2009

Contentment in every situation

Philippians 4: 11-13 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be on a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

The other day I made Julia a delicious dinner. It was a soft taco wrap with cheese, turkey ground meat, and tomatoes. We love taco salad and soft tacos in the McInerney household...well as I put the food on her high chair and sat her down, and we prayed, she kept pointing to the apples and bananas at the center of the table and kept asking for them. I said, "No, Julia, that isn't what is for dinner, please eat what is on your plate." This happened again and again, I just couldn't figure out why she couldn't be happy with what I gave her. After all it took time, planning and effort, and she wanted no part of it. It was nutritious and tasty, and even served warm. Why wasn't she happy. I started to get very frustrated, and then it happened...an aha moment! God was teaching me a lesson that evening. How many times has God given me something, and yet I have my eyes elsewhere on something else I want? How many times am I not satisfied with what is right in front of me? How many times do I forget that God knows so much more than I do, and sees a much bigger picture, and truly knows what is best for me?

It was at that moment that I stopped getting frustrated with Julia and actually smiled to myself.

Thank you Lord for reminding me to be content with what you have given me. Help me to trust you and keep my eyes on you and what you have for me.

It was pretty humbling to be taught a lesson through a 1 year old, but whatever works, right? LOL

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