I’ve Learned the Secret

This past week I had the opportunity to hang out with some of the coolest girls on the planet. They happen to be 4th & 5th graders at a local elementary school where we have the chance to go into the school and participate in an after school club where we share the Gospel of Jesus, much like an electric Sunday school class.

The lesson was centered around contentment and I challenged them to “doodle” the verse for me so that I could hang them on my fridge as a reminder to me to be content in “any and every situation.”

As we chatted about the secret about being content, they asked me, “Ms. Lori, have YOU learned the secret?

I’ve learned the secret girls, but I still have to work VERY hard every single day to be content and live that out in “any and every situation.” I told them in complete transparency that sometimes I’m not content…I’ve learned the secret, but it takes practice, LOTS of practice AND a relationship with Jesus…which is why I was blessed to have the doodles hang on my fridge. Doodles that reminded me a time or two this week to turn to the “secret.” Doodle verses that reminded me, I’m never too old for a reminder of my own. This one is for the girls!

As we move into what we know will be a holiday season filled with plenty of reasons to be “discontent” this verse seves as a reminder to all of us where true contentment lies. It’s not wrapped up in a bow or determined by those around you, the “secret,” died for you.

 

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Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks and Blessings Lori!!!

    What a gift you are!!! And I think I’ve learned this secret, too! But you are ever so right! It takes very hard work to remain vigilant and not complain, to be CONTENT! It’s really difficult in every situation. That’s when it counts. That’s when it shows! It’s easier for me to say I’m more content with the little I have and then I go home and see what I’m missing. No turkey at Thanksgiving makes it real tough. They get their turkeys here for Christmas, not the end of November and I don’t have an oven (so I miss that) but I am content to fake a meal with a chicken… yeah! Sometimes, I get turkey breast. There are some restaurants in the tourist part of town that offer a meal on their menu… just not the same,yet I press on to be content with Cranberry drink instead of the real thing… this is a great reminder and helps me stay thankful! Bless you for your ministry to them and us!

    Love and peace,
    Peggy

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  2. Such a sweet blessing you are my friend, and this post for WFW is awesome.

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  3. I know WHO it takes to be content…and I’m so much better than I used to be…but still have such a way to go! Thanks for allowing me to join and I HOPE you have a wonderful day and rest of the week!!!

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  4. Learning to be content in all situations is something I have been learning this past year. I know what it is to have plenty and now I know what it is to have little. And yet it is Christ within me who gives me His peace. I’m learning it day by day and sometimes moment by moment.

    Beautiful verse. You are always so creative too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  5. Beautiful testimony, Lori! Thanks so much for taking the time to share it and the verse. I’m encouraged by your service and your creativity!

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  6. What a beautiful way of illustrating this inspirational Scripture – one I’ve learned, yet keep learning, and keep having to learn. It’s definitely a lifetime process that I rejoice in. Thank you for the sweet encouragement, Lori! You are such a blessing!

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  7. what a great reminder for me today! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thank you for sharing this verse on contentment, it is so timely with the holidays approaching. Living in a “give me more” world…it’s good to be reminded that in Jesus we have all we need. I have heard contentment defined in this way – “Knowing God has already provided everything I need for my current happiness.”

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  9. Leaving this message for LeAnn (My Day in the Making)because your comment is not linked to an email for you:

    Lee Ann… I tried to go to your blog and quickly I saw your cutie on a quilt and than I got the MALWARE warning like I had on my other blog earlier this week for YOU. So I’m sorry but I could not visit… it can be as mine was as little as an image linked to a bad site… hope yours does not take 12 hrs. and then wait like I did for Blogger to remove the warning…

    God bless you and may He give you wisdom and many blessings… Hope to see you again next WFW… thanks for your visit,
    Peggy (Amazing Grace)

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