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…a Bible student's notes…

Written 10/07/2011……

My pain and suffering has increased, perhaps, 100 fold. I think I must have thought that it was already as bad as it could be – wrong. I have been experimenting answering folks’ questions concerning how I feel with the varied list that it is, and they always interrupt by having to see someone else, having to leave, etc. I believe it is because they don’t know what to say – overwhelmed.

That’s what I am – overwhelmed. I know that going to the doctor I will be asked, “What is your chief complaint?” Even the doctors are overwhelmed. I have been treated as “old” and unable to know my own body. I have been left alone by the physician as he attends to other matters. Since Dr. Cannon died, not one doctor has heard me “finish” my story.

I accept this from my Lord’s hands. I need to suffer. I need to weep. I need to climb upon my Father’s lap and trust. I need help. I need intercession.

A few days ago, I picked up a book I have of Elisabeth Elliot’s – “A Path Through Suffering.” She has been a mentor of sorts to me and I know some of her sufferings.

There were some underlings because I had read this book already. It has my writing inside the cover page that I bought it at J.O.Y. Bookstore in April, 1991. My heart “sinks.” This date is during a family tragedy of which I will never recover and begins my pain and sufferings.

The book falls open to a noted page inside – “read on day before cleaning out Joy’s room at Elizabethtown College.” Wanna’ know what I have underlined?

Why this waste?

Why this sacrifice?

Why this, when things seemed so promising?”

I have underlined some more: “Often there seems to be no visible reason for our having to let go. But, life, our spiritual life in Christ, depends on it. The life-out-of-death cycle must proceed.”

I turn the page and there is the date, 5/9/91, and more underlinings.

July 8, 2016 Posted by | Contentment, Dr. Don Cannon, Health Crises, on faith, Pages from my journal, Prayer | Leave a comment

Contentment is a way of life….

Contentment is a way of life

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation [conduct, behavior, or manner of living] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for (because or for this reason) he (the Lord) hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

 Contentment defined

Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough (this word is also translated “content” in Lk.3:14;  1Tim.6:8 ; Heb.13:5 ; 3Jn.10) for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

 The confession of contentment

Psalm 23:1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 We learn to be content

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know (because I learned) both how to be abased (humbled or reduced), and I know how to abound (prosper or to have abundance): every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound (to have plenty) and to suffer need (living without). 13 I can do all things (be content in whatsoever state) through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 We deserve nothing

Job 1:21-22 And [Job] said (after all his material possessions were taken away and all his children died), Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave (Job’s possessions and his children), and the LORD hath taken away (God does not owe us anything); blessed be the name of the LORD. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

 Only one thing is needful & Not Taken Away

Luke 10:42 Jesus said, “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

 Hearing His Word

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The word of the kingdom

Matthew 13:19 “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom…”

 The kingdom truths produce contentment

Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Be content with the basics

1 Timothy 6:7-8  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment (clothing or shelter) let us be therewith content.

 Contentment manifested

Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods (contentment manifested), knowing (not feeling) in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance

 Complaining is a sign of discontentment

Matthew 20:10-11 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more (not content with their wages); and they likewise received every man a penny. 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house.

 

 

October 30, 2013 Posted by | Contentment, How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | | Leave a comment

   

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