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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Secret to Being Satisfied
By Jess Godwin


Just like love is a choice, so is satisfaction. I can choose to wring my hands and be totally disgusted with my life. Or, I can choose to accept God’s plan, even when it doesn’t match up with my own, and serve Him to the best of my ability. As I learn to “give thanks in all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and to “delight myself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4), I am also learning the beauty and importance of being fully satisfied with God. He is proving that He is trustworthy. More than that, He is proving that He can meet me at the point of my need. He knows my problems and my needs before I do, and even what sends me running for cover does not surprise Him. He doesn’t wring His hands and wonder what to do. He waits for me to let go and let Him do His God Thing. I always have more trouble letting go when I’m struggling with contentment. Even now, I feel like some days I have to start over at square one. The question that I have to ask myself is “who am I to tell God that He isn’t enough for me?” God really began convicting me about being satisfied with Him when I was in one of my funks of “I don’t have a husband or even the prospect of one and I hate being single.” He got through to me that I was putting the desire for a Godly husband over the desire to know God as my husband (Isaiah 54:5) Even the desire for something good had become my idol. I had to confess that as sin and move forward in my new and intimate relationship with God.

The beauty that I’ve found in being satisfied with God is the joy that seems to come with it. I am able to say with the apostle Paul that I have learned the secret of being content (Philippians 4:12). Satisfaction in God seems to be a great mystery, even for many Christians. But really, the secret is focusing on God, letting Him be everything you need, and giving thanks for each opportunity to grow—even those opportunities where God seems to be pruning the dead branches out of your life.

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Susan Coltrane-Dunn10/18/04
The beauty that I’ve found in being satisfied with God is the joy that seems to come with it. This was beautiful. God Bless
Teresa Lee Rainey10/18/04
This was a realy good reflection on satisfaction. It is so difficult at times to find this 'secret'. Glad you found it! :)
Dori Knight10/18/04
thanks for sharing this, jess - i love your thoughts!

blessings ~

Cyndy McNaul-Nelson10/18/04
Hey Jess;
This is from a woman who married late in life, who knew several female pastors who married late in life and each of us came to the same conclusion that if singleness was God's will for us then so be it. In time, He brought forth the one He had prepared for us. The secret is doing and working for Him. When you're busy and not looking, is the time He brings the partner. Keep busy, cyndy
darlene hight10/18/04
It seems that God really is the answer to every question and every problem. It really doesn't matter your circumstance with God it is a perfect formula without it's a mess. Thanks for sharing.
Lucian Thompson10/19/04
Jess, Yes, trust in the Lord for all things, even a husband. You need to talk with my wife Trish. She has a lot to say about that subject and she says it so well!
Dave Wagner10/19/04
Too safe. It makes a lot of statements, but for the most part lacks a personal touch that would make it memorable. Even the personal reference (to wanting a husband) is a quick hit, and you say it was resolved, without really saying how...which might have been a benefit to a reader that is going through the same thing at the moment. I would recommend trimming most of the statements (He waits for me to let go and let Him do His God Thing.) and grab one or two, flesh them out with some practical information from your life as to how these issues proved themselves in your life. That would leave the reader with something to take with them into the day.
Rita Garcia10/19/04
Jess, Well written, He truly is our source. Blessings to you, Rita
Marcell Billinghurst10/24/04
This is a great article
and well written. I like these words you have written which sum it all up.

"the secret is focusing on God, letting Him be everything you need, and giving thanks for each opportunity to grow"

What better way can we find true satisfaction in Him? God bless you in your writing.
Marina Rojas10/24/04
Real solid, basic Bible teaching based on scripture. An excellent lesson on life's truth.