As women we are constantly in a battle we feel we need to win. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “I wants” and to self-analyze our every move. We want to be involved in everything; we want all our dreams to come alive right away; we want to never leave our minds idle; we want to live up to a big, long list of unrealistic expectations.
It’s okay to want things and to desire more. . . until it interferes with our pursuit of God.
In John 10:10 we are told that our enemy, the thief, comes only to steal, kill and destroy, so it shouldn’t surprise us when we’re being bombarded from every side. The list drags on, along with the stress. It wears us completely down and I don’t know about you, but I am simply tired of fighting. I want to be done with the struggles and expectations. I want to be done with the constant need to keep my armor on.
I believe God is simply saying, “Want more of Me; Be content.”
When I get to the heart of the matter; I want to want God like this. I want my soul to thirst for Him, my flesh to faint for Him. I want to praise Him all day long. I want to recognize His faithfulness and be filled with His joy. I want to lay at His feet. I want my soul to cling to Him. I want my every thought to be Him.
And at the end of the day, I just want to want Him.
Our earthly and temporary wants may come true, but to allow my soul to want God as much as He desires me? Oh, this is an honor worthy of joy. To be content simply means we are at peace at where God is leading us. We are at a place of rest. We can allow our souls to be quenched by God’s goodness and give Him the praise He deserves.
Contentment is magic to the heart.
We no longer have to fight this battle alone.
We’ve already won.
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” – 1 John 4:4 (NLT)
It is time for us to overcome the mountains we are facing by having faith in the One who can move the mountains.
As long as we are in this world as God’s children, we will be under attack. We will always have mountains to climb, hurdles to jump, and giants to knock down. The good news? We don’t have to do any of this alone. We have our Almighty Father walking with us and He is greater than anything the world throws our way. With Him, there is no battle we cannot win.
Perspective changes everything and if we choose to view life through God’s eyes and trust Him to provide, our problems won’t seem so big.
My prayer is that my petty complaints become prayers of thanksgiving for my brokenness because it is through my brokenness I most rely on Him. It is through our brokenness the glory of Christ is made known.
We are not, but Jesus is.
He is strength, courage, beauty and every ounce of love. He is everything I am not. Yet, He knows this and gives me grace daily.
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” – Ephesians 6:10-13 NLT
So, keep your beautiful chin up and maintain that fighting stance.
God has already delivered the knockout. There is no longer a battle to win.
We’ve already won.
Mallory Johnson is the Community Blog Director at Couture31. Her heart is for Jesus; her passion is creativity; and she can’t wait to combine both as she pursues His Divine plan. You can connect with Mallory on Instagram (@mlryjohsn) or through email (email@example.com).