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11/27/2014

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Contentment At Thanksgiving


"I have rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you have had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content. I know how to be brought low, and how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Phil,4:10-13).

Many years ago, a Russian woman lived in a small hut with her husband and two children. Her husband's parents lost their home and she had to take them in... Unbearable! Desperately, she went to the village wise man, whom she knew had solved many, many problems. "What shall I do?" she begged. "Do you have a Cow?" asked the wise man. "Yes," she replied. "Then bring her into the hut too, and come back and see me in a week," said the wise man. A week later she was back... "This is utterly unbearable," she said. "Do you have any Chickens?" asked the wise man. "Yes," she replied. "Bring them into the hut too and come back and see in another week." "Now you're utterly out of you mind," she said. Nevertheless, still awed by his reputation, she did as he asked. A week later she returned. "This is absolutely impossible," she said. "Our home is a mess." "All right," said the wise man. "take out the chickens." The next week she reported that without the chickens, it was definitely better, but still a miserable situation... "All right," said the wise man, "now take out the cow." "That will settle your problem." And it did! Without the chickens and cow, the woman, her husband, the two children, and his two parents got along quite peacefully...You may take from this story what you wish, but I find that everything is relative based on what we are comparing it to... Sometimes, we don't really know how well off we are. As you reminisce about the things you are thankful for today, remember the apostle Paul giving thanks for the contentment that was in his life under all circumstances... Lets all celebrate Thanksgiving by expressing our personal thanks for our understanding of contentment in Jesus... "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..."

Have a wonderful and content Thanksgiving..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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