Category Archives: A Fruitful Year

Who Wears the Jeans?

Years ago I worked in international manufacturing. Once we had some suppliers from Asia visiting our office in the USA. My friend took some of them out shopping one evening. Edwin bought jeans for his wife. My friend asked him how he knew what size to buy. He said, “We wear the same size.”

We got a good laugh out of that. Wondering who wears the jeans? Meaning who is in control.

Who is in control of your life?

Life is out of control.

We fight for control.

Everything is under control.

We try to control the radio control car and it works until the battery dies or we get out of range. Then we lose control.

We try to control things but fail. To be in control is to feel that you have power but reality is we don’t have power.

So who is in control of your life?

If you could give control of your life to someone, who could you give it to? Someone who knows you, who is good, who is powerful.

Give control to the one who created you. God as your creator knows you. He made you. He knows your struggles. God knit you together. Give the control to one who knows you.

Give control to the someone who is powerful and mighty. God is all powerful. He is able to control nature, he sets kings on the throne. He is God and is in control of all things.

Give control to someone who is loving. God uses his power but in all this he is loving. God is good.

So why do we keep trying to control things when there is one that is qualified and ultimately is in control. Can you submit that God is control? Do you find that comforting? When you know God and who he is, you can submit and allow him the control that he already has. Don’t fight him.

Can you trust that God is in control when it feels like life is out of control? Remember who it is that is in control, the creator, all powerful, and loving God. Trust him that even when it doesn’t feel like he is control he is still there.

We want love being able to control our environment. We like the temperature to be at the comfortable degree where we are not too hot or too cold. God controls things but is it not always for our ease and comfort but for our good and for his glory. So just because it might not be comfortable doesn’t mean that he is not in control.

Are you trying to control things that you cannot control? Other people, circumstances. When we try to do this, we end up frustrated, exhausted, and angry. Submit to God’s control. Learn to trust him in all of life.

There are some things that we need to control. That is a topic that we will discuss in another post. That leads us to the topic of self-control which is next fruit of the Spirit.

So who wears the jeans? Is God in control or are you fighting him for control? Give him control and rest knowing that the creator who is all powerful and loving is in control.


Who is struggling between words and culture. I really wanted to say, “Who wears the pants?” as that is how it would be said in the USA but 4.5 years of living in the UK has taught me to say trousers as pants refer to a different garment, underwear. It didn’t seem right to say, “Who wears the trousers?” So I changed it to jeans and it was jeans that were purchased that time.

Give control to the one who knows you.


September – Back to Routine

September is back to school and back to routine. September is a month of anniversaries — our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of meeting our son. The days are beginning to get shorter, the air is crisp, and it is time to get out quilts to wrap up in the evenings.

Miss K began a new school. She was excited. It was the school she wanted to go to. We were thankful that God worked out all the details. It was a bit last minute, the last week of school in July we learned she had a place at a local secondary school. The school put a great schedule together for her. Now four weeks in she has had a few wobbles as it is a big school, long days, and lots of new things. Tuesdays she goes to a city farm and works there. We hear about Sid the goat and Broccoli the pig as well as other animals and jobs she has done. God provided a place for her.

What else happened in September?

I finished 2 Corinthians Journal and Doodle Bible study. I did that in preparation for studying 2 Corinthians in small group this autumn. As I reflect a bit on that study, one of the truths that came from the study was understanding the two meanings of comfort. One is parakaleo meaning to call by the side and the other is parokiesis meaning strengthening and establishing faith. Both of these provide what today we term comfort.

My reading stack this month was a bit varied. Honestly, if you want the truth, that is most months. One theme this month was reading some books on disability and the Bible. If I were to recommend one of the books I read, it would be Disability and the Gospel. I found this book easy to read as it was not too academic but it was helpful in thinking through this topic.

I read some Christian fiction. That is light and easy to read while I am waiting for school pick-up.

I have been thinking and pondering a bit how to reach our neighbours after reading The Gospel Comes with a House Key. I was challenged to have margin in my day to be able to meet needs. I want to take steps to getting to know my neighbours more. I am looking for practical ways and also praying for my neighbours.

Have you ever heard of a Commonplace Book? I learned about that for the first time this month. I had been thinking about starting something like that but didn’t know it had a name. I wanted a place to just reflect and record quotes, information, things I learn. I wanted one place to keep it. I used a notebook that I have and just started writing some notes from a book I read, added some notes from a blog. I began my Commonplace Book.

On the Blog in September

I wrote a bit about Special Needs, Seeing Special Needs Around Us and Special Needs Parents.

I have begun work on another A-Z prayer guide. I wrote A-Z praying for missionaries the other year. Now I am thinking about A-Z prayer for teens.

Looking Forward

I will read some more books on my reading stack. I need to find some time to finish some unfinished projects. I want to take the principles from Journal and Doodle and read through Luke. Enjoy autumn which means candles, coffee, and a warm quilt.

What are you looking forward to in October? Tell me what you are working on in the comments.


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And the Fruit of the Spirit is . . . gentleness

What is the image that comes to your mind when you hear the word, gentleness? Is it the picture of a mother and a newborn child tenderly cuddled in her arms? Maybe it is the gentle soap that has no fragrance and harsh chemicals. Is it a setting on the washer? Does that help to define and explain gentleness as included in the Fruit of the Spirit?

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness. Learn more about gentleness and how this can help you grow and get things done.

The dictionary defines gentleness as kindly; amiable, a gentle manner, no severe, rough, or violet; mind, moderate.

The Bible dictionary has this definition – Sensitivity of disposition and kindness of behavior, founded on strength and prompted by love.

Founded on strength

When I think of gentleness I don’t necessarily think of strength. When I pause and ponder gentleness has strength. Gentleness is knowing how to use the strength. Knowing God’s strength and seeing the gentleness we so much more that God is gentle with us.

Prompted by love

It is because of love that we are gentle. We love the person and understand that because of that we need to be gentle.

If there is no strength, then it is not gentleness but rather weakness. Love guides our actions and so we then understand that gentleness is needed.

God’s Gentleness

I think we understand God’s gentleness when we understand that he is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24) When we understand that characteristic of God, then we can begin to understand his gentleness. If we go back to the definition of gentleness and look at God’s gentleness. We know that God is powerful. God has the strength so his gentleness is founded on strength. God’s gentleness is prompted by his love.

So why is God gentle with us? He loves us. God wants a relationship with us and knows that gentleness is needed.

So if that is true with God would it not be true for us that we need to be gentle with those around us. Ephesians 4:1-3 says that we are to walk with all humility and gentleness. Interesting that humility is listed with gentleness. Humility is how we consider ourselves and how we consider others. If we are humble, it will result in gentleness. Walk in gentleness.

As God’s chosen ones, we are to put on gentleness or meekness. (Colossians 3:12) Clothing is either one of two things. It is either the foundational garments. You know the garments that help to hold us all together. The other kind of clothing is the garments that we wear that people see. Gentleness is both of these — the foundational garment and the outer garment. When we have gentleness as a foundational it impacts how we wear our other clothing.

Reflections on Gentleness

Gentleness is an attitude. The attitude of gentleness impacts how we relate. When we have the attitude it will be easier for the actions to follow.

Gentleness is an action. Our words and our actions should be gentle. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” That gives us an example of how gentle action can change a situation.

Let’s grow in gentleness. Learn about God’s gentleness and reflect that in your own life.

This has been a characteristic that I have struggled with writing. Hence the reason that we are halfway through the month and I am just now posting. I do feel it is important. I was tempted to just skip it but knew I really couldn’t. Here are my beginning thoughts. Give me your thoughts about gentleness.

Exercise What your body needs

Everyone wants a healthy body. We want our body functioning as best it can. We want strong muscles. Our bodies need to be able to perform.


Let me just say this, “I do not like to exercise.” I told you last week that this is written for me as much as anyone else. That continues with the topic of exercise. There is a long list of things that I would rather do than exercise.

I challenged us to think about sleep here. I reminded us that what we eat is important. Now it is time to look at the last element that helps our body — Exercise.

I was tempted to just skip this topic but I do think it is important.

There are three things that work together for a healthy body. I recently read that our health is maintained by

  • 20 percent in the gym/exercise
  • 40 percent in the kitchen
  • 40 percent in deep restful sleep

So if we want a healthy body, exercise needs to be part of our routine.

Why Should we Exercise?

This goes in hand with the truth about eating. Our bodies are the temple of God. We need to care for that temple. Exercise helps to care for our body and keep our muscles strong.

We want our bodies to be strong. We need our bodies to be healthy and strong so we can serve God and others.

In addition to helping us physically exercise helps us mentally. Our mood is impacted by exercise.

Exercise helps our immune system. It helps with weight lose. Exercise gives us more energy. Exercise helps us sleep better and we know sleep is important.

Why do we skip exercise?

Exercise requires discipline, self-control, and diligence. It requires the discipline to do it. The self-control to say no to other things and yes to exercise. You really need to do it more than just once a month.

I don’t have time. My suggestion is work it into something you already do. Yes, it does take time but instead of driving, walk. That is my plan for getting my daughter from school I walk/run to the school and then we ride the bus home.

Exercise costs money. I am not saying you need a gym membership or even a treadmill in your house. Get out and walk. For that all you need is a good pair of shoes. Do a workout from Youtube. Charity Shops and thrift stores often have workout DVD’s cheap.

I realise that there are people that have a physical challenge that makes exercise difficult. I would challenge you to do see what you are able to do and do that. See if that little bit will make a difference. Do what you can.

So after writing this, I still don’t like to exercise but I know it is good. For me it is a combination of making the time to exercise and knowing  that it is important. Hopefully my goal of walking to get my daughter from school will give me the exercise I need. Ask me in a month if I am exercising.

Do you exercise regularly?

What is your excuse?

Caring for our Physical Body

I think this post is written to me. It is an area where I am struggling and need to encouragement and am challenging myself to keep going. Maybe you are feeling the same way. If so, I hope this will be a challenge and encouragement to you.

Caring for our physical body

Last week I wrote about sleep and a bit of how that is caring for our body. I do a good job most of the time getting sleep but this is my challenge. So keeping with the theme of caring for our physical body, this week we will consider the topic of nutrition.

If we are not caring for our physical body, can we really be and do what God has called us to do? We need to care for our physical body.

Are you like me and at times tired on the endless debates about whether a food is good for you or not good for you? There is research on both sides of each debate. It seems that for each article for a specific food or diet there is an article saying why that is not good.

I am not going to tell you what is good nutrition. I think each of us know what is healthy or can do the research. Each of us needs to know our bodies and what is good for our bodies.

Why is it important?

Our bodies are God’s temple. When we have company, we clean our house and keep it clean. Why do we allow our bodies to be run down? Pause and think about the fact that as a Christian our bodies are God’s temple. That should impact how we care for our body.  Let’s care for God’s temple. (I Corinthians 3:16-17)

Whatever we do needs to be done for God’s glory. I Corinthians 10:31 is specific in referencing eating and drinking. In eating and drinking we are to glorify God. That means that what we are eating and drinking should glorify God. If we consider this truth, how would our eating and drinking change?

There is some value to bodily training. (I Timothy 4:8) interesting that Paul uses the word training. Training gives the idea of learning, discipline, and practice. Training tells us that this is not easy but it something we need to keep working on.

How we can for our body shows gratitude. When we value something, we take care of it. When your favourite skirt gets a stain, we get out the stain remover to care for it. Do we really value our bodies? Let’s value our bodies and show God our gratitude.

Two of the passages above are from I Corinthians. Corinth in Paul’s time was a prominent centre of commence. I Corinthians also deals with the question of eating meat offered to idols. I am guessing that food was available and enjoyed there. It is also in I Corinthians that Paul gives instructions that now we refer to as The Lord’s Supper and discusses how they should not defile that with there eating and drinking.

I think our world today is like Corinth in Paul’s time. We live in a world with plenty of food and a wide variety. (I know there are places and individuals that do not have enough.) We splurge and enjoy food. Each of us has what we consider comfort food. We do need food but we need to be glorifying God in our eating.

Questions about caring for our bodies

Does good nutrition guarantee that we will be healthy? We life in a fallen world and have disease and sickness. So no, that does not guarantee health but it is the right thing do so. It honours God.

What is the goal of nutrition? Our goal should be to honour God. Each of us knows what that looks like for us.

What is your excuse? That is my question for you and me. Write them down and see what God says about those excuses.

I told you this is written for me as much as you. This is what I need. I need to write down my excuses and review what God has to say. I need to make some changes in this area. My goal is to lose weight. I have a renewed focus. What about you?

God is Faithful – Six verses reminding us of this

Yesterday was a bank holiday. My husband had planned a walk for international students. My daughter and I met them for lunch. It was great to see so many students enjoying their time together. Walking gives time for conversations.

I want to wrap up the faithfulness focus this month by looking at some verses on God’s faithfulness. These are verses to read when you are discouraged. Reading these will help you know God more. These are great to have posted where you can see them regularly.

Reminders of God’s Faithfulness

I think if you were to ask me right now what is my favourite book in the Bible, I would say, “Exodus.” I love reading it and seeing how God works, God keeps his promise. This passage is when Moses is up on the mountain the second time getting the ten commandments. This is what the Lord proclaims.

“The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

Look at what the Lord says about himself. He says abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. I love the word abounding is describes big and full so much faithfulness.

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9

God’s faithfulness is seen in that he keeps covenant. Again faithfulness is paired with steadfast love.

“All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.” Psalm 25:10

I find comfort in knowing that the path of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness. Again steadfast love and faithfulness are seen together.

“The steadfast love the of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Great is your faithfulness. This has a great reminder that God’s mercies never end and they are new. We cannot exhaust God’s mercy. He is faithful.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” I Corinthians 1:9

Three words but such a deep truth to cling to. God is faithful. So simple but so deep, such a comfort for us.

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13

These are just a few verses reminding us of God’s faithfulness. Copy these and put them someplace where you can be reminded of God’s faithfulness. God is faithful.

The Psalms are fill of so many verses that speak of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Read through Psalms and be encouraged.

What verse do you cling to reminding you of this truth?

Questions about Faithfulness

Live a life of faithfulness

Do you have questions about living a life of faithfulness? Maybe these are some of the questions that you have. If you have other questions, leave them in the comments and we will discuss them.

How do I live a life of faithfulness?

One day at a time. Seeking to love and serve God. Listen to God. Confessing when you fail and know that God forgives. Start your day seeking God, ask Him what he has for you today.

Does faithfulness mean I will be safe?

Depends how you define safe. As a believer we are safe in Christ but that safety might come in eternity. Think about Daniel. He was faithful in praying and remaining faithful landed him in the middle of a lion’s den. But there he was safe as God shut the mouths of the lions. Paul faithfully preached Christ but he was not always safe. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Paul gives a list of things that have happened to him as a result of preaching Christ. We are safe in Christ but that might not mean that we will be physically safe.

Does faithfulness mean I will be successful?

Are you being faithful because God calls us to be faithful or are you being faithful to get some reward? We need to be faithful because God has called us to be faithful. We should not think that faithfulness will guarantee that we will get what we want. Faithfulness might not always looks like success but it can be faithfulness.

About 20 years ago I was leading a Bible study in the Asia. People were busy working long hours. I remember a few times there would only be one or maybe two people at the Bible study. That was a time that I began to realise that I needed to be faithful – faithful to prepare, faithful to be there. God was calling me to be faithful.

Does faithfulness mean I can never quit?

I am assuming that you are asking that you are doing something faithfully and now you want to quit but feel that if you do that you will not be faithful. We need to be faithful to what God is calling us to do. At times God leads us to do something else so yes, we can quit and still be faithful. We are still being faithful to what God has called us. We need to be sure that we are following God and not our doing this means I am faithful mindset.

When is faithfulness difficult?

I think that varies for each of us. There might be some areas of life that are easy for some but for others are difficult. I will say that I struggle when I am looking for results and that doesn’t happen. It is at those times that I need to remind myself that I need to be faithful. It might be difficult when others don’t understand why we are doing what we are doing.

When if faithfulness difficult for you? How do you keep going when it is difficult?

What is God calling you to do today? I pray that you will have the strength to live a faithful life today.

Other posts about faithfulness include Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness and The Foundation of Faithfulness.

Hinderances to Disciplines

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the disciplines for success. These are some of the things that you need in your life in order to have success in reaching your goals. Each of these are in response the things that hinder us in our growth.

In this post I listed seven things that can hinder you in achieving your goals. I was thinking of things in myself and things that I have learned from listening to others.

Last year I coached a few friends on getting things done. I enjoyed cheering them on and watching them succeed. I began to realise that in order to truly be successful you need to deal with the heart issues. If you do not deal with those issues, then it doesn’t matter what you true you will be struggling. The perfect planner won’t help completely. The wonderful schedule will leave you frustrated. The organised house will only satisfy you for so long. You need to deal with heart issues.

How do you know what is hindering you?

The easy answer is not really easy but here it is — ask God to search your heart and show you.

Pray asking God to show you the things that are hindering you. Pray Psalm 139:23 for yourself. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts.”

Be still and listen. That can be the difficult part for me. My suggestion is to have a blank piece of paper so you can write what you are thinking and what God is telling you.

Be honest with yourself and with God. It might hurt to look in your heart but it will help you grow.

If you are still struggling, knowing the issues that are hindering you, talk with someone who knows you and will be honest with you. Others can often see things that we are blind to.

You might find other hinderances then the ones I listed. That is fine. You know yourself. Take those and then look at what needs to be done so they are not a hinderance.

When you begin to understand the hinderances, then you can begin to address those issues and grow in disciplines for success.

Disciplines for Success

Disciplines for Success

Each week for the past few weeks I have listed a discipline for success. The list of disciplines is below with links to the posts that give you more to help you understand the discipline and how it can help you.





Generous Living



So let’s review these disciplines in our own lives. How do you rate yourself in each of these? Which discipline is the most difficult? Can you think of some ways that you could grow in one of these disciplines?

While this might be a challenging topic, I trust that it encourages you to grow.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Keep going. Keep growing.

What verse encourages you to address these hinderances and grow in disciplines for success?

The foundation for faithfulness

If I am honest with myself, I will admit that I do not always follow through with my intentions. I will also admit that I do not finish everything that I begin. (My stack of unfinished sewing projects is proof of that point.) I need something besides myself as my example of faithfulness. I am sure if you are honest with yourself, you would say the same thing. What is the foundation of faithfulness?

Foundation for Faithfulness

God is our foundation of faithfulness.

So if I say what verse speaks of God’s faithfulness? I am guessing that the majority would quickly turn to Lamentations 3:23. That’s what I did except instead of reading just verses 22 and 23 I went to the beginning of the chapter.

The author, likely Jeremiah, describes the situation using words like, has seen affliction (verse 1),  brought me into darkness without any light; (verse 2) my flesh and skin waste away (verse 4), and besieged, bitterness and tributlation (verse 5). That continues all the way to verse 21, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.”

Hope in the midst of all those things listed comes from the steadfast love of the Lord and his mercies. God’s faithfulness is shown in his steadfast love and his mercy.

God is the foundation of faithfulness. It is not me trying and believing I can do it if I try hard enough. God is the foundation. He is the example of faithfulness.

It is helpful knowing that God is our foundation but how about an example of an individual.

David’s Example

I think we can learn a lot about a person by listening to what they have to say about their parents. Listen to what Solomon says in I Kings 3:6, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you.”

Did you see what he said about his father? David walked in faithfulness. We know that David was king, he feared the Lord, he praised the Lord but there was that time when he was not faithful. Remember Bathsheba.

That gives me hope and encourages me. David sinned and yet he is considered faithful. When Nathan confronts David about his sin, David’s response is “I have sinned against the Lord.” (2 Samual 12:13).

So when you sin, when you are not faithful, acknowledge it and recognise that it is against the Lord. Confess your sin. Know that God will forgive you.

We are called to be faithful. That means following through with what we said we would do and finishing what we begin. This is not always easy but God is our example and he gives us strength.

Well done though good and faithful servant.

Here are some reflection questions to help you think about this. 

How does understanding God’s faithfulness help you be faithful?

Are there areas in your life that God is calling you to be faithful even when it is hard?

Do you have areas that you are failing in being faithful? Confess this to God.

This is part of the study on faithfulness.

Know the Disciplines for Successful Growth – Contentment

This is the perfect pad to organize my to-do list. So I put one in the shopping basket. Let’s ignore the fact that I have numerous other pads at home that would work. Someone told me this was the best pad to organize your to-do list. I wanted it;  I was not content. Maybe this was a better way. Guess what, now I have a basket full of pads of paper to declutter. We will save that for another time and a post. Let’s pause and think about how contentment as a discipline for successful growth.

Contentment, will that really help me succeed? I thought that it was discontentment that moved me to set the goal and now you are saying that contentment is going to help me be successful. Are those the thoughts running through your mind? They are running through mine. Stay with me and let’s work through this and see how contentment can be a discipline for success.

Contentment, will that really help me succeed? How is contentment a discipline? You can learn what it means to be content and grow in knowing God.


Discontentment is one of the things that can hinder you from reaching your goals. To overcome this hindrance we need contentment.

Know the Disciplines for Successful Growth

We want to grow and that means knowing the disciplines that will help us grow. Humility is one of the foundational disciplines. Contentment will help us be focused.

What is contentment?

In his book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, Puritan author, Jeremiah Burroughs defines it, “Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”

Contentment comes from within. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It comes by fixing our eyes on Christ and seeing all that Christ has done for us.

Contentment is quiet. It is seen through the actions of a person and not from their words. The person that quietly goes through life enjoying all they have and seeing it as blessings from God.

Contented people understand that what they have comes from God. So they are willing to give graciously to those around them. They understand that God will meet their needs.

Contentment submits to a loving father who is caring for us. When we realize that we have a perfect heavenly father who is caring for us, contentment and praise should flow from our lives.

“That to be well skilled in the mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory, and excellence of a Christian.” Jeremiah Burroughs

You can learn to be content.

That is what Paul writes in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” How do you learn this?

Paul is striving to know God. Philippians 3:7-11 Paul writes that “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (verse 8), Then in verse 10 he writes “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection . . .” When we strive to know God, the things around us will mean little to us. We will grow in contentment as we realize how God loves us.

Paul is striving toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He is fixing his eyes on eternity. When we do that the things of this world will lose their appeal. We have a confidence that God will work with all that we have.

Discipline of contentment

How does this help achieve our goals?

We will be satisfied with what God has given us. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have and how that is hindering us we will be thankful and work with what we have.

We know that God has placed us in the circumstances that he wants. We will stop comparing our situations and circumstances with those around.  Understand that God has sovereignly arranged the details of our life. So glorify him.

Maybe you were discontented with the way things were and so you decided to make a change. Is that discontentment in something you have control over and can change? If so use that to make a goal but if the discontentment is in the circumstances that God has placed in your life. Learn to be content.

Do you struggle with discontentment? Discipline yourself to be content. Learn to give thanks for what you have. Learn to use what you have instead of buying more. Guard your thoughts against complaining but dwell on God’s goodness.

Know the disciplines for successful growth. These disciplines will help you know God and grow in what he has called you to do.