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Five things, Friday…Contentment

Tonight’s word is something I have fought with for a long time.

CONTENTMENT

I often listen to Christian radio on the way to work to help clear my mind. One of the messages this week was to be content with what we have, for God provides what we need.  I’ve battled with this sentiment for a long time.  I’ve always wanted more, wanted a better career, a bigger bank account, better clothes for my kids, trips, etc etc etc…Yet hearing this message last week was like a slap in the face to get my act together and be CONTENT with what I have…Because in all honestly, I have a lot in life.

DEAR GOD

I have a healthy and happy family that battles the same struggles as everyone else.  I have a job in which I can come home from most days, smiling.  I have some pretty great friends, both near and far geographically yet all are close to my heart. I have an amazing husband, and 2 beautiful daughters who may test my patience, but that I love dearly.  And above all, we have our health.  Hearing the news of a dear friend battling stage 3 cancer today brought things full circle.  I need to be content.  End of story.

Our finish line photo...my biggest fan, and now running partner.
Our finish line photo…my biggest fan, and now running partner.

I have a husband who sacrificed months to train with me for his first half marathon, simply to experience this finish line feeling WITH me.

Brian dinner

And today, while he had a day off work, he prepared for me this yummy meal…just because.

Lady bug luck
Lady bug luck

I received this awesome reminder walking out of work today of God’s amazing creatures…I’ve always believed in lady bug luck, and this little dude accompanied me to my Jeep after work today.

And at the end of the day, I recounted my blessings, re-reading text messages and posts from my friends over the last several weeks.  These friends applauded my MasterChef journey as short as it was, and continue to cheer me on to help me find my motivation to run again.

But my biggest fans, are my daughters.  And this little mini still argues that the judges got it all wrong.  She told me, that this week she prayed after having a tough time at school, exclaiming, “Mommy, HE listened!” And a part of me melted…

My Sous Chef
My Sous Chef

With that, I leave you with the thought that moving forward is key…in life, in running, in friendships, and in family.  Hang on tight to those who lift you up…

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15 thoughts on “Five things, Friday…Contentment

  1. You are an inspiration and a blessing in my life – in many lives… Keep moving on – we’ll journey with you… ♥

  2. This really hits home for me as I’ve been struggling in this same area. Contentment is an off and on struggle for me…

  3. Ohhhh looks like your huz and daughter are pretty good chefs too! 😉 being content is such an important thing. More doesn’t always mean better most times it means more problems.

  4. Michelle, a little bit of me melted with this post, especially your daughter’s comment. So sweet. You know, I do the same on my way to work. I find that it puts me in the right frame of mind for my day ahead. Contentment is something that I cherish in my life and I do not take it for granted. It is a precious gift when one realizes one is content with what God gives us. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

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