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Learning Contentment: A Study for Ladies of Every Age Perfect Paperback – May 2, 2017
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Nancy Wilson has been a pastor's wife and homemaker in Moscow, Idaho for more than thirty years. She is the author of a number of books including Virtuous, True Companion, and Building Her House, and is a regular contributor to FeminaGirls.com. She and her husband Douglas have three children and seventeen grandkids, which makes for some crazy Sabbath dinners.
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I especially loved her simple adjurement to "look to your duties." Instead of discontentedly mulling over all our difficult circumstances and paralyzing ourselves with fear, anxiety and more discontent, Wilson enjoins us to take actions (duties) to actually learn to be content, not just when our troubles are resolved, but even (and especially) in the midst of our troubles. These actions/duties are in line with setting our minds on things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5). They can be as simple as making dinner or praying for a friend - basically just faithfully getting on with our daily work, whatever that may be. Make it a point to cultivate gratitude in and for every situation. In doing these simple things, we are obeying God and taking the necessary and life-altering steps toward learning contentment.
I so appreciate the encouraging reminder throughout Wilson's book that through God's grace and with the strength of Christ, we don't have to allow our difficult circumstances to dictate our level of contentment. What a liberating truth! Her book has been both helpful and convicting, giving me many good things to mull over!
This is a great book on contentment. "Contentment maintains control over the spirit and does not allow ungoverned passions and unrestrained emotions to bring discomposure right at the moment when the greatest composure is called for". Mrs. Wilson sets out important principles in a simple to understand manner. As the title implies, contentment is something to be learned; it takes practice. "Discontent is a deep displeasure at what God is doing. It is a refusal to thank God for what He has done and what he is owing. Discontent is ingratitude, and complaining and grumbling and murmuring are discontent's ugly sisters, and God hates them all". It is a 'petri dish' for a lot of other sins. Mrs. Wilson encourages us to 'learn contentment' by identifying areas of discontent and confessing each to God and being thankful for what He is doing in each of these areas. We are encouraged to not go "dumpster diving" digging through unlovely, impure, unkind things. We are to replace these thoughts/things with things that are lovely and praiseworthy and this takes practice and daily submission to God. Contentment "teaches us to read the story that God is writing with the eyes of faith". This will change our perspective, and although not easy, we have God's promise "never will I leave you; never will I forsake you", and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". This was a great encouragement for me and I think many will be blessed by this short book.