If you follow me on twitter, you already know I love a great quote. My twitter, for the most part consists of quotes I have come across that I want to remember. As I was thinking and praying about what to share on the Habits page this week, I came across these Scriptures and a quote by Matthew Henry.

“Discontent is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves; it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour; it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones. It is a sin that is its own parent. It arises not from the condition, but from the mind. As we find Paul contented in a prison, so Ahab discontent in a palace.” Matthew Henry

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out.”1Timothy 6:6-7

In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other”…Ecclesiastes 7:14

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

As I begin this New Year, I am praying that it will be a year of contentment.

Contentment in the everyday ordinary moments…

The smile of my four-year old

The sweet hugs given from my ten-year old son

Late night laughter of my college-age girls… drifting up the stairs

The sound of my teenage son’s voice beginning to change

The thirteen year old transforming into a young woman before my eyes

The silliness of my eleven-year-old

The loose teeth of the eight-year-old…

The last few months before my oldest daughter becomes a bride…

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned
how to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11

Kim has been married for twenty-four years and a minister’s wife for more than twenty years. She has eight children. Their ages range from a twenty year old down to a four-year old.  After teaching in public and private school for several years, she has now been homeschooling her own children for the last fifteen years. She would like to say she reads, travels and does all kinds of wonderful things in her spare time, but the truth is she spends her spare time doing laundry.