Just Between Us: Cultivating Contentment
A Note from Jill Briscoe Dear Friends, You will notice the special emphasis of this book is contentment. Statistics show that a large percentage of ministry wives don't like what they do! If there is that much discontentment, there is...
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A Note from Jill Briscoe Dear Friends, You will notice the special emphasis of this book is contentment. Statistics show that a large percentage of ministry wives don't like what they do! If there is that much discontentment, there is no question there will be discontented spouses as well. We cannot go cold as Christians without lowering the temperature of everyone else around us. Discontented believers do not encourage unbelievers to believe! They do no excite believers to develop an exuberant faith. What's more, discontentment shows, and that's not good. You can't hide unhappiness of soul. You may be going through the motions of ministry because you know how to do it, but if there's no joy, there's not much hope of infectious multiplication in evangelism or spiritual growth in the church. What can we do find contentment in ministry? Let's use an acrostic. C onfess your discontentment. Paul said, 'learn to be content" in Philippians 4. And confession is a good place to start. O rder your private life. Check your priorities, talk them over with your partners or close friends. N ourish your relationship. Do you have a friend who can encourage and challenge you? Will she call you on your discontented attitude? T ry counting your blessings, not your troubles! Counting "a blessing a day keeps the devil away!" E xpect the devil to whisper discouraging things in your ear. Answer him with words of Scripture--like Jesus did (Matt 4). N urture your prayer life. This is where the battle is won. T rust God. Let resentment go. Forgive your enemies (and your friends). Accept adversity cheerfully. Don't play God! How can a child of the King have a sour face? Live royally. It's your birthright. In His Joy, Jill Briscoe For more information about Just Between Us resources, visit this page.
Take the positive and practical steps shown here to cultivate contentment in your life.
Statistics have shown that most women are discouraged or dealing with depression and in need of resources to help them in developing their leadership skills. This series features the top 10 themes from Just Between Us--a magazine that speaks directly to the current issues that women face--especially those in ministry.
Jill Briscoe and her husband Stuart have worked together for over 40 years, and have three grown children and 13 grandchildren. A native of Liverpool, Jill is a prolific writer and author of The Deep Place where Nobody Goes, God's Front Door, Prayer that Works and Faith that Works and many other books. Jill serves on the board of directors of World Relief and of Christianity Today, and is a popular speaker at key Christian events around the world. Jill and Stuart live in Milawukee, Wisconsin. - Publisher.