Thankful Thursday! August 17, 2017

Thank you, Lord, for:

My "back up dancers"🤗 

My "back up dancers"🤗 

The beautiful ladies in my classes!

The adorable kiddos from the Boys & Girls Club who come out and dance during Aqua Zumba!!!  They're the highlight!!!🤗 

Dry heat!!

New patio furniture... well, new to us!☺️

Coffee Bean with Tamara and Danique

 

“When it comes to contentment, God must be our aim. Whether it’s wayward thoughts, bad-mouthing our circumstances, or comparing ourselves with others whose lot in life is easier, the battle involves more than eschewing evil; it involves pursuing God. Hebrews 11:25 says,

It was by faith that Moses…chose to share ill-treatment with God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought that it was better to suffer for the promised Christ than to own all the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the great reward that God would give him. (LIVING BIBLE)

I am still learning this. What my body can’t have, my mind will shift into overdrive to deliver. But fantasies only frustrate. I must fight to stay satisfied with God, and so I glut myself on the promises of Christ. Dr. John Piper has written superbly on this subject in The Pleasures of God.

We must swallow up the little flicker of [earthly] pleasure in the conflagration of holy satisfaction. When we make a covenant with our eyes, as Job did, our aim is not merely to avoid something erotic, but to gain something excellent…We “do not yield to the offer of sandwich meat when we can smell the steak sizzling on the grill.5

In the quest for contentment, we should not give up so easily and get detoured by earthly pleasures when there is the promise of maximum, full-forced joy in the Lord. After all, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore” (Psalm 16:11 KJV). Contentment has the upper hand in your heart when you are satiated in Christ.”

 

Excerpt From: Joni Eareckson Tada. “When God Weeps.” Zondervan. iBooks.