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Peace and contentment

I have a friend named Christal. She was disabled five years ago from a job accident where a steel pipe hit her head. For five years she has lived with constant seizures, vertigo, she is in an out of emergency rooms, and she is impoverished. At times, she does not have food to eat and overall is living in a state of an exhausting existence.
One time she text me during a vertigo attack and said she was lying flat on her floor unable to get up and that she was having a talk with God. I wondered if she was angry with God. Christal then text me how she was praising and thanking God for her eyes and ears and all the beautiful things she was blessed to see and hear from these gifts! Tears came to my eyes as to how humble and beautiful of a person Christal is. I was learning a lesson, and also feeling like a fool for ever being ‘in-want’ or complaining about anything.
Being in need of something is different than striving for more and more, telling ourselves we can only have ‘peace and contentment’ when ‘this or that’ happens first.
God is always with us and therefore He offers us 24 hour support from His incredible love. When we become overwhelmed with the situations life can bring us, we can seek peace by reading God’s word and by talking to God. The Lord is always happy to hear from us because he loves us so much!
I learned to break out of the habit of getting on my knees and blurting out to God all that I needed. God’s word says we can be specific in our requests. But in consideration that we have infinite blessings already from God’s grace, I learned that a person can gain great peace by praising God for all that we already do have, just as the beautiful bright light that Christal shows by example. Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content. 2nd Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice evermore. James 1:2-4 My breathen, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

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