In the 21st century, we are not the first ones to struggle with contentment. In 1648, Jeremiah Burroughs define contentment as: “…that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”
Contentment is not a result of our circumstances, it is a result of where our hearts are. Circumstances merely reveal what was in our hearts to begin with. If I am frustrated with one of my siblings or sad that I am not married, my circumstances are revealing that I am not delighting in what the Father has given me. Ladies, what is in your heart?
- Barbara Hughes in her chapter on contentment in “Disciplines of a Godly Woman,” suggests that you take a look at what your longings are. Write down what your longings are and evaluate whether or not they are in line with Scripture.
- Read Psalm 19:7-14 and see how the Psalmist fills his mind with longings that are based on Scripture.