Monday, May 2

Contentment and Thankfulness Missional Mothering study from July 2016


Contentment and Thankfulness

Shared scriptures on thankfulness and contentedness:

(I asked each woman attending to bring and read a scripture that encouraged their hearts in thankfulness or contentment.  They read them aloud and then we talked about the message and context of each.)

Discussion Questions:
1. In what areas of life do we find ourselves defaulting to ungratefulness and discontent?
2. How do we teach our children contentment in a world that is always offering them the next and better thing?
3. How do we teach our own hearts to be content?

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where you Are by Ann Voskamp
    - watched her little brother plowed down by a delivery truck, her mother go in and out of mental hospitals, suffered from fear and depression her whole life and found her breakthrough through thanksgiving

Quotes from Ann:
  1. “The parent must always self-parent first, self-preach before child-teach, because who can bring peace unless they’ve held their own peace?”
  2. “...the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.”
  3. “That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave.”   
  4. “Feel thanks and it is impossible to feel angry. We can only feel one emotion at time. We get to choose which do you was to feel?”

Ann ran online exercises, encouraging women to start small with thankfulness.  Three gifts seen before breakfast and women all over the earth responded with things like, “the sun across my bedroom wall”, “the curls of my son’s head as he woke me up”, “the snore of my husband, who has cancer”.

(Within our group we did these thankfulness exercises together for a week on our private facebook page.)
The cure for discontent is thankfulness.  If one of our kids complains about the dinner set before them, I tell them that they only have a right to complain if they made it, and ask them for the cure: three things they are thankful for.

Phil. 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

2 Cor. 12:9-10 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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