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Contentment: A Godly Woman's Adornment (On-the-Go Devotionals) [Kindle Edition]

Lydia Brownback
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This On-the-Go Devotional assures women that contentment is not some fleeting ideal but a reality that God enables them to live out daily.

Any woman who buys into the lie of "You can have it all" or who thinks she can only be happy "if…" experiences an abiding frustration: what she wants remains just out of reach, always. No matter how good she has it, no matter how good the good times may get, there's always something missing. And ultimately, she misses out on happiness too.

But God desires something far better and more lasting for his daughters. And he's delivered the secret in his Word, assuring women that real satisfaction is found in living for and longing for the right things. Those truths and promises are at the heart of this On-the-Go Devotional for women. Each lesson in Contentment is conveniently self-contained and comes complete with Scripture and a paragraph or two of teaching to direct women away from fleeting distractions and toward a true, enduring satisfaction.

On-the-Go Devotionals

"Skillful devotionals for those who face the challenge to 'fit it all in.' Biblically rigorous and deeply perceptive. Godly insights from a godly sister."
Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life

"A ready resource for keeping our thinking focused on God himself. The devotionals helped me understand my fear or discontent and our Heavenly Father's provision."
Barbara Hughes, author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and, with her husband, Disciplines of a Godly Family

"Lydia Brownback calls Christian women to lift their eyes upward and find security, rest, and peace in a sovereign God whose promises never fail!"
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author and Revive Our Hearts radio host



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On-the-Go Devotionals "Skillful devotionals for those who face the challenge to 'fit it all in.' Biblically rigorous and deeply perceptive. Godly insights from a godly sister."
Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life

"A ready resource for keeping our thinking focused on God himself. The devotionals helped me understand my fear or discontent and our Heavenly Father's provision."
Barbara Hughes, author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and, with her husband, Disciplines of a Godly Family

"Lydia Brownback calls Christian women to lift their eyes upward and find security, rest, and peace in a sovereign God whose promises never fail!"
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author and Revive Our Hearts radio host

Review

"Skillful devotionals for those who face the challenge to 'fit it all in.' Biblically rigorous and deeply perceptive. Godly insights from a godly sister."
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Because He Loves Me and Comforts from the Cross

"A ready resource for keeping our thinking focused on God himself. The devotionals helped me understand my fear or discontent and our Heavenly Father's provision."
Barbara Hughes, author, Disciplines of a Godly Woman; coauthor, Disciplines of a Godly Family

"Lydia Brownback calls Christian women to lift their eyes upward and find security, rest, and peace in a sovereign God whose promises never fail!"
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Biblical Womanhood in the Home; radio host, Revive Our Hearts


Product Details

  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1581349580
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (March 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7GC45Q
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical wisdom for living content and happy June 3, 2008
Format:Paperback
Contentment is the second installment for the On-the-Go Devotionals Series by Lydia Brownback. Small, concise, and thought-provoking, these on-the-go devotionals confront discontentment, frustration, and unhappiness, the attitudes and feelings all women experience at one time or another, perhaps daily. "Unhappiness does not spring from what we lack. It springs from our desire for what we lack," Brownback writes. I have tried to convince myself at times that while I may not be happy about a situation, I can be content. After all, I have been told time and time again that being a Christian isn't about being happy. What Brownback would have me understand is that contentment is biblical happiness, for "happiness, or contentment, comes from where we look and what we believe, not from what we have."

Happiness is something we all want. In America, it is elevated to a birthright. Most people believe that if they just change this or have that, they will be happy. We may be discontent with any number of things, our circumstances, our abilities, our level of prosperity, to name a few. Brownback addresses several avenues in which women seek to find contentment: marriage, children, career, food, pornography, alcohol, sex, television. We go about it in different ways, but we all eventually come to the same realization: This isn't satisfying me; I'm still discontent and unhappy. Brownback explains this is because we have sought happiness in an idol. Brownback's devotionals are written to help women confront idolatry in its various manifestations and to inspire women to place every ounce of their hope in Christ. God has designed us to find happiness, joy, and our deepest delight in Him. He loves us so much that we won't be content until we learn to find it in Him alone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Devotional April 25, 2008
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This is a wonderful devotional for women on a topic close to our hearts. Happiness often alludes us because we want something more in life. Sometimes it is hard to be like the Apostle Paul, being "content in every circumstance" (Philippians 4:11). This little devotional helps you to focus on the good things God has done in your life and to be grateful. It is biblically sound and the author shares wisdom that many women today need to not only hear but absorb.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly good, but a few misguided interpretations June 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
The short chapters and the simple style of this book make it easy and enjoyable to read. As I flipped through the book I see a number of things that are underlined which means there were a number of things that were helpful to me. In general, the teaching of the book is sound. However, there are a few things that trouble me.

In the introduction and in the last chapter of the book she says that contentment and happiness are one and the same if we interpret them Biblically. She doesn't give a basis for this claim and I cannot find one in Scripture. This may not seem like such a big deal, but when the whole book is about contentment, it is important to define it accurately and I cannot account for why she makes such a claim. The word happiness isn't used in the KJV, but the word happy is used a couple of times and Vine' s translates it as "blessed, happy." It's from a word meaning large. It is most often translated blessed as in the Beatitudes. The word contentment is defined by Vine's as "satisfaction with what one has" and is once translated contentment (1 Timothy 6:6) and once translated sufficiency (2 Corinthians 9:8). I don't see how the words can be said to have the same meaning or that they are used interchangeably in the Bible. Happiness is a much stronger emotion involving great blessing, contentment involves recognizing that one has enough. Food and clothing are cause for contentment (I Tim. 6); inheriting the earth and seeing God are cause for happiness (Mt. 5).

Her main point is that neither happiness nor contentment can be found in things, but must be found in Christ and that is very true. But if we lose the meaning of words, we lose the foundation for everything in the Bible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best little devotional ever! January 31, 2011
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This is the best devotional I have ever read, I frequently read more than one at a time because I need the spiritual reality check. Lydia is very gentle, but speaks biblical truth to those who are hurting, disillusioned, and generally discontent. I found myself in this spot after a long journey of infertility resulting in a miscarriage. This book helped me to realize that I was placing my identity in my status as a mother, wife, and doctor, rather than as a daughter of Christ. I stumbled upon this book after buying Idols of the Heart by Elise Fitzpatrick, and it was the best thing ever for where I was in my spiritual walk. Beware, you will be convicted, but very gently and with Godly reasoning. Trust is just as good, I am currently enjoying Joy and have yet to read Purity. Thank you to Lydia for improving my walk with God and getting me through a really tough time. Now I'm on my way to Africa as a missionary, and Contentment, Trust, Purity, and Joy are going with me in my suitcase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Devo! August 17, 2013
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If you are struggling with contentment! It is especially challenging! This awesome book puts your life into prospective and makes you see how great you have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book Amazing!!!!!!
Published 6 days ago by Elisabet Flores Peña
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is perfect for any woman struggling with feelings of...
This book is perfect for any woman struggling with feelings of dissatisfaction, frustration, loss, envy or even separation for Jesus. I highly recommend it!
Published 13 days ago by Ashley Nicole Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great devotional but many formatting errors and typos with the ...
Great devotional but many formatting errors and typos with the Kindle edition, especially at the beginning of the sections that show bible verses
Published 20 days ago by Cheryl R Igielski
5.0 out of 5 stars This devotion was amazing for me
This devotion was amazing for me! Each day Lydia's words were so true to real life situations while giving strong theological answers to our ever 'un-contented' heart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Desiree P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Godliness with contentment is great gain
I actually got a lot out of this book. It was pretty simplistic and at times I felt like it was a little shallow, but it was very timely for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars inward contentment is available.
We all seem to be discontent most of our lives. The author shares how and why contentment can be found. She has helped me understand the how and why much better.
Published 5 months ago by ckj
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenge
This devotion challenge me a lot, It made me realize contentment is a choice. It also made me realize that joy is not based upon my circumstances or is it the responsibility of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This book is a really good read. It is so uplifting and encouraging. From reading this book I have found ways of being content. Being content in my circumstances is very important. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cheryl Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars GIFT
I sent this book as a gift to a friend in a foreign country. It arrived very quickly (about 3 weeks) and in good shape. They were happy - I'm happy! Good job, well done Amazon!
Published 21 months ago by Larry Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Book is perfect & in great shape! I would send any of my friends or family to this amazon site if they are interested in purchasing it!
Published 22 months ago by SBR
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