Delighting in Contentment

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.

One thought on “Delighting in Contentment

  1. Thank you so much Cortney for this post! Its a good time to be looking and checking to make sure our desires line up with Scripture….

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