Sunday, January 01, 2012

Word for 2012: Content


I cannot begin to tell you all what an encouragement your comments have been to me.
Made me cry, they did.
I have good friends/family in this blogging world...for sure.



I have been thinking a lot about what this new year will bring and how different it will look from the past 10 years.

I knew I needed something, anything...from the Lord to give me hope.

Reading the Word, I came across several scriptures with the same theme....

Content....



"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content..." 
Philippians 4:11

Can I do that?
Be content in whatever state I am?

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 
For we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content."
1 Timothy 6-8

Oh, oh....Looks like godliness needs to go hand in hand with the contentment for me to grow...

Confession time: I have not been very godly of late.

Angry...
Bitter...
Even a bit of ...gasp!...hatred

Yup...I have been a hater

NOT content.
And definitely NOT godly.

I have food.
I have clothing.
But I have not been godly or content.

Sounds like this farmgirl needs to do some repenting.
Right straight.

Are ya still with me?

Cause for right now, I'm not going anywhere.
I'm taking this journey and talking about it right here on FarmgirlCyn.
It might get ugly.
I pray you'll stay.
I need you all....real bad.

Not sure where this new road will take me, but regardless...
I will continue on the narrow way...

In Christ alone,
Cindy
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38 comments:

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

When things have been bad for me, and they have been BAD - I always try to remember that on the day I was born the Lord knew I'd face that day, and he is with me. Content is a good place to be and something we should all be striving for. Thanks for that reminder :)

Sticking with you Cyn and praying for you on your journey! Take gentle care!!

Blessings!
Gail

blessings from a wildflower said...

You are never alone..We all have so much in common..most times unspoken.. I applaud your braveness for putting yourself out here for us to help ease your pain..
~~Peace & Love & Joy & blessings~~

Wendy said...

Oh Cindy, I admire your determination to become all that God intends you to be! I will be here with prayers being said for you during the good, bad, and the ugly! The hardest part of the process is admitting what you need to work on. You have already jumped that hurdle. May God give you the strength as you push forward to the contentment which He wants for your life. May God give you a peace that passes all understanding during your journey. May you find joy everyday as you travel this new year. Many blessings and a big hug, Wendy

Milah said...

I appreciate your honesty, and I'm glad you decided to share your journey with us. May we all learn what really matters in this life. You are on the right path, growing closer to Jesus Christ.
Blessings!

Swamp Dog said...

We will be here with you every step of the way, our prayers go out for you. May God bless and keep you.

goatldi said...

I am here. Takes more than precious honesty to scare me away. I admire your honesty, your ability to reach out to us. We all have moments, months, years. I am coming off 5 years of insanity.

What have I learned? That no matter how much you don't think that you can handle God knows exactly how much you can take. And it has been my experience that it is often times more than you thought you could.

But when you come to the other side it all becomes crystal clear.

We are here for you and aren't going anywhere. So sing out when it becomes unbearable.

Lady Farmer said...

Right beside you, my friend! Praying as we go!
Blessings for you!

KathyB. said...

I'll be here too. Been praying for you.

FlowerLady said...

We are never alone because He is ALWAYS with us. It is wonderful having blogging friends who are with us too.

Life can deal us blows now and then, and hopefully we learn much and grow stronger through them.

Love, hugs and prayers for you and your family during this part of your journey.

FlowerLady

Dixie J said...

I have followed your blog for some time now, but never commented. Now is the time! I live in Northeastern Michigan and know all about the difficulties of this economy. Your post about losing your home touched my heart. Your post today about contentment stomped on it! I am so guilty of discontentment. I'm here with you and hopefully will grow with you too. Thank you for your honesty.

Valerie said...

Cindy, you are NOT going to walk this path alone! Praying with you and for you along the way. I so appreciate what you had to say, your honesty and what the Lord has shown you so far. I too struggle with contentment in my circumstances. Just this weekend that was shown to me in a very real way....you are not alone!

I am thrilled to walk along side you on this path you are on and know that YOU ARE NOT alone on this journey! MANY of us are walking along side of you....most importantly is our Heavenly Father!!

{{{HUGS}}} Praying for you!!!

Renee said...

Glad to hear we will continue to get to enjoy your blog! After reading your post last week I felt bad with the fact that so many out there are going through what you are right now also and for the first time in our married life we are finicially set. Although this post makes me realize that even with that I am not always content. I will enjoy reading and learning from you! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Count me in for being there with you and praying for you and your family.

Linda in Ms

Camille said...

P.R.E.C.I.O.U.S. post my friend! The LORD is so gracious with us! HE is Faithful! Keep your eyes fixed on HIM. We will continue to pray.

Much Love to you!
Camille
Psalm 138:8

Donna said...

I'm still with you! And you are in my prayers. We don't always like the journeys we take, but they make us who we are. And YOU are going to grow, learn, and, in the end, rejoice!

Cheryl said...

Praying for you, it is so hard to go through some of our journeys, but the Lord is directing and growing you. It is so hard sometimes to be content with what the Lord is doing in our lives, but in the end we do come forth as gold. We are all here for you.

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Hello, sweet friend, Awesome post and even awesomer (I know it is not a word;-) word for the year.

You are a dear. hugs!!

Allison of A Farmgirl's View said...

Right here with ya Cindy. You could be writing my words here in this post for sure! It's a perfect word for all of us for this year and you chose wonderful portions of THE WORD that move in all our heart with conviction. We farm girls and sisters in Christ have to stick together! Looking forward to your next post!
Love,
Allison

cityfarmer said...

going no where ...
I'd better get my heart repented, too!

love ya lika' sister

Dawn said...

Such a good word to focus on.
My niece is focusing on that word as well.
Thirty six, she is...longing for a child...and is trusting Him with His plan for her life...even if it means she and her dear husband do not have a child.

My word is lovingkindness.
My dad loved that word. I remember a sermon he preached on it long ago. Couldn't shake it, so I chose it for this year.

My heart is with you, friend.
xo

Anonymous said...

It's easy to read the word and KNOW we should be content...it's often a bitter path to get there. Praying for you to find a peaceful contentment.

Miss Judy

Anna said...

XOXO

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Cindy,
I am speechless.
Well, almost. I will never forget our lovely afternoon on your charming farmette. My heart is breaking for you.
In Christ Alone... isn't that the truth.
Much love and thank you for your kind words and support on our new endevour
Angela,
the Parisienne Farmgirl
&
Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

PS
Lets advertise your soaps in the magazine. - adds are silly cheap.

Kristin said...

Cindy~
I am late getting around to commenting...after the long holiday break.

I know everyone has already said it, over and over, but my heart goes out to you and your family and I will look forward to and be honored to share your journey of triumph with you.
This is just but a ugly, muddy, rocky, bump in the road!!!
XO
XO

Farming On Faith said...

Happy New Year to you sweet friend~

Praying for a prosperous year for you!

Carrie~

Sharon said...

Dear Cindy,

I am glad to see that you will be continuing your blogging. Thank you for being so real. A Bible Study that I have been doing is by Elizabeth George "Following God with all your Heart". It has been such a wonderful study especially in those trials and rough spots. It is so encouraging and she exhorts us to not look at trials as problems but as opportunities to seek the Lord for help. Those are not only opportunities to draw us closer to Him but for His name's sake. To be a testimony to Him.

I know that it is often easier said than done and I know that I would be having the same feelings that you did. I am praying for the Lord to equip you, strengthen you and comfort you on your new journey.

By His Grace, For His Glory,

Sharon

His bondservant said...

Oh contentment…what a hard thing to be at times. I know so much of what you speak…not from the same circumstances, but we all have our struggles with discontentment. I have been thinking of you…will be praying for you….so glad you have decided to continue your journey here. Who knows that God has not brought you here for such a time as this…it is a wonderful thing to allow yourself to be transparent while going through your trials. It speaks to others who may need to hear. May the Lord bless you…and you are never alone!

In Christ,
Jackie

Carolyne said...

Oh.......how I wish we were Real Neighbors!
Our God is there with you.
This has become my favorite.......

Deuteronomy 33:27
"The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms."

{{hugs}} ~Carolyne

joolzmac said...

I am just amazed at the beautiful comments here. The world is a beautiful place with people in it like these.

Blessings to you all,
Joolz

Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition said...

I'm right there with you Cindy! It's a journey we all need to take whether were in the trenches or not. I'm choosing JOY this year and focus on the Lord's blessing each day and relinquish the past days one by one to him instead of holding on to them.

Anonymous said...

Not anonymous - just frustrated with my lack of commenting skills.

My prayers are with you and your family. Praying for your contentment and better days ahead.

Peggy
Fort Wayne

Carolyne said...

P.S. Your blog and all your transparency always prompts me to get out those old Keith Green cd's.......what a Blessing for the NewYear!!

"Make My Life A Prayer To You".......who could have imagined that those words would turn so many toward the Savior?
Your Life, and all that this (frightening) time holds for you, is being used in much the same way .
All for His glory.

♥♥love you.
~C.

Vickie said...

Hey Cyndy - Just checking in on you. Look, we're all here. Thank you for sharing your heart, your angst, your everything with us and letting us pray for you and with you thru this journey you're on right now. And thanks for your prayers for my little friend Kristen, too.

God is with you, He knows what you need before you ask. Lean fully on Him, and as for us out here in blogland? Well, you can count on us to be here for you. We're together in this thing called LIFE, and LIFE happens, whether we're ready or not!

goatldi said...

It is hard, it sucks, it is never ending. But coming off of five years of TROUBLE I can tell you that there is a light. And He knows exactly how much we can tolerate. And most often times it is more then we think we can do. Hugs.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I'm cheering for you, Cyn, cheering for all of us who have had troubled times - one way or another - of late.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

So many people, standing in the gap, lets you know you're not alone. Jesus, them and you make a formidable team. I keep thinking about the poem, The Weaver...we see only the tangled threads of the underside but He sees the perfection that is His glory on the upper side.

Rachel said...

Oh Cindy, I've been neglectful of blogging and then I find out about your problems. I am so very sorry that you lost your home. I wish I could help in some way. I knew you were struggling in some way, but I had no idea it would be this. Bless you for your honesty. I am praying for you and sending you big hugs. I know the economy is awful right now and it seems wrong somehow with so many empty homes that they would foreclose. I will be back checking for future posts and I'll be praying for you. God knows your needs. Hang on to your faith dear lady.