These are just my notes…the book I am reading is “The Art of Divine Contentment” by Thomas Watson
Contentment must be learned…and only God can teach me through His Holy Spirit.
“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”
Today our precious little Daughter got two unexpected big presents, and she was very happy, but suddenly she looked at me and said, “Mom, by the way, I did not receive many gifts for my past birthday"
My Beloved and I had to talk to her and teach her about contentment and gratitude and how they hold hands and kiss to glorify God. Tears came out of her eyes, we hugged. We taught her, she is learning.
Now, I am here writing and thinking. I am just as my child, longing, wanting. My heart keeps wanting more, so many times I think I deserve a little bit more, and of course, I am not talking here only about “things”, it goes beyond, it is deep within my heart.
Thomas Watson, reminds me in his book, that I must learn contentment, not only by hearing or reading about it; I must apply myself to learn it. It does not come easy…my heart does not want to be content. My sinful nature always longs for more, but again, only God, through His Holy Spirit can teach me to be content.
Paul learned in every state of his life to be content, he did not forget his lessons. He applied himself to the art of learning a virtue that would glorify God.
We must start in this School of contentment with three lessons:
“…beheading and crucifying that sin which is the favorite and lies nearest to the heart…”
2. Self -examination
3. Self- reformation
God willing, I will be posting tomorrow my next chapter’s notes, you are more than welcome to join me.
Part One of this series is, The School of Contentment -Part One-
Part two of this series is here; Learning Contentment -part two-