Mind, Body, Spirit
A Change In Plans
Funny thing happened on the way to planning out my life and mapping its course… a God-directed change in plans occurred.
I was well on my way to getting our house, my email inbox and our family’s schedule, more organized (organization which included writing blog posts more consistently and finally cleaning out the garage… though, not necessarily in that order), when I found out that we were moving again for my husband’s job!
ON BEING CONTENT
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. – Philippians 4:11 (NKJV).
After deciding to live life more mindfully and authentically, the next step was determining exactly what I needed in order to be content.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines contentment as a state of happiness and satisfaction. Its definition in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus is ease of mind: satisfaction. Both sound good to me!
But contentment isn’t trying to be happy or avoiding feeling sad. Contentment is a decision that evokes an attitude. It involves focusing on inner satisfaction regardless of changing external circumstances.
IN PURSUIT OF AN AUTHENTIC LIFE
On my quest to discover ways to live my life more authentically—to use my God-given gifts and talents more wisely, and to incorporate my passions and the desires of my heart more seamlessly into the fabric of my everyday life—I came across the book, Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
On the page titled Our Authentic Lives, just before the first chapter, was the following quote:
“I have a sense of these buried lives striving to come out through me to express themselves.” – Marge Piercy
Two thoughts came to mind as I read that quote: “Wow, that is perfectly worded,” and “Me too!”