The dreaded C-Word

by Gina Franklin

This morning during my morning devotions I sensed God wanting to do a new thing in my heart. I knew this was going to be a process it would take time, and require me to change. But I want ALL that God has for me. I am aware of weaknesses that are in me holding me back from His very best. So with a hopeful heart, I said yes!

I am going to blog about this process because I think as much as it is going to help me to write about it, I pray it will help others. I am a processor, it helps me change when I think. And I know in our society we are all struggling with this issue on some level or another.

So you might be wondering what exactly it is God wants to deal with me on? The C-word!


One article I read put it like this: We live in a time in which contentment, as defined by the world, is a hairs width from our reach. By worldly standards we seek more success, more stuff, and more self-indulgent relationships. Each day we darn our caps or lipstick in hopes of gaining more, and each night we slump into bed wondering where it went, feeling discontent. Stop for a moment and ask yourself are you content? (Author Unknown)

Contentment is defined as: Satisfaction, Ease of Mind

Paul said in Philippians 4:10-12

"But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.…"

I have not learned this lesson. I asked myself, what the people closest to me would say of me if asked. And I know the truth. I know what my mouth sounds like in disappointment. I know that my expectation for myself, for others, for God are high; and when those expectations are not met, I am not content. BUT, I want to learn to be. That is a great place to start.

So here is the plan:

I will study what the Word has to say about the C-word. I will invite the Holy Spirit access into my life at all times, even when I don't like it or feel like it; to allow practice, training, and change to take place. I will choose to confess when I fail to live the life I want to live.

1 Timothy 6:6 "Now godliness with contentment is great gain."

Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." I AM HIS!

Life Is Beautiful!