Last week I wrote the Scripture Writing Schedule on 1.14 on Contentment. This is not a popular subject in our society, especially during the holiday season. One of the most asked questions this month is, “What do you want for Christmas?” While Moms and Dads, Gammies and PaPaws, and, of course, Santa may need to know some specifics, have you ever thought to ask, “What are you going to give this Christmas? We have been so blessed! But, have we like Paul, “learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith, to be content?” (Philippians 4:11)

The memory verse that was to be written every day last week was I Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” That’s only seven words – but, wow – they say so much! To truly find contentment, we must be godly. Our lives must focus and conform to the laws and wishes of God. That’s when we realize that we really have all that we need. We will be able to say “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life; and he that hath it shall abide satisfied.” (Proverbs 19:23) Are you content or satisfied with what you have? Are you encouraging your children to reach out to others and give this holiday season? While it’s awesome to go to the store and buy a gift to share, it’s also important to teach and practice to give sacrificially. Is there something that you have that you like so much that you want to share it with others? Have you shared the Gospel – the good news? This is not the time to be stingy!

May we turn our focus on the Lord, count our many blessings, be content with what we have and be willing to share with others. God Bless, Courtney

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