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Renee Swope is a Word-lover, heart-encourager, and grace-needer. She's the best-selling author of "A Confident Heart" and her new book, "A Confident Mom" is releasing Fall 2021. Renee is also the familiar voice of a friend to women around the world as former Proverbs 31 Ministries' radio co-host and executive...

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  1. Renee,
    YES! I’ve struggled with contententment. Dealing with COVID-19 is not unlike going through the grieving process. The pandemic has been a death of sorts. Your post reminds me of Paul’s words in Philippians 4:12. It is our challenge to find contentment or “ease of mind” no matter the situation in which we find ourselves. Gratitude is a key ingredient to dealing with the grumbles. It’s hard to be thankful and complaining at the same time. A sobering question is: “What if we were to lose everything we hadn’t given thanks for? What would we lose? Like you, I’ve been struggling with gratitude and am fleshing that out on my blog this week: http://bit.ly/bev-r-blog . Renee, I always appreciate your honest and real posts that I can truly relate to!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Jesus, I pray You would be so very real and present for Gail right now in this hard and lonely season. Be her companion and best friend. Give her gifts of unexpected beauty and joy, to ease her mind and fill her heart!

  2. Thank you for the much needed thoughts today. I am praying for “ease of mind” for myself, my family and friends, for our world.

  3. I needed this. I just listened to a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon on contentment and this was my confirmation that what I’m feeling is real and contentment is the fix I need for it. I was frustrated, upset, angry one more thing I tried to do didn’t go through yesterday or turn out the way I wanted. Trying to get out of debt. For the past three years I’ve been in the hardest places wondering when things will let up and finally go the way I want for a change. I have to learn and relearn contentment. Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he was in. I am learning as well. Waiting on breakthroughs and blessings asking God to give me fresh eyes for the now. Thanks Renee your devotional was perfect!

  4. Thank you (in)courage for this timely word. I drove in to work teary eyed as the holidays approach, knowing I have loved ones that I will not see this year because of health risks. Thinking of traditions and how they will shift this year without my permission. I don’t like it. But this contentment is right where the Lord was nudging me behind the wheel as I was telling Him what He already knew was stirring in my heart. Lord, I pray you find me content. And if not, teach me.

    • Kellie, you are not alone sweet sister. This is hard season has been long, and the holidays approaching remind us all how different things are and will be. But don’t lose hope friend. I believe He’s going to restore life for us, and give us to us the gift of “together” in 2021.

  5. This is exactly the attitude that our good Lord; God and Savior hopes we will maintain and continue throughout these difficult times, and beyond!
    Blessings to you and yours
    Susan

  6. We all want so much. I was taught so much from God through the pandemic. Through the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 plus people with 5 loaves and 2 fish that day. Why I say plus 5000 people because there might have been kids there with their Parents that day. What I learnt out of that story. God showed me. Who are we really trusting. When people especially if we are saved. To look after us. Every were we go. People are telling us to make sure we use hand gel on or hands before we enter the shop or the bank etc. Stay 2 meter apart when in theses places were a mask. Yes we need to do these things it is law. But who are we really trusting to keep us safe. Too look after us when we are out and about. We ourselves have probably got the extra cleaning bug. If got kids going mad before we were not quite a fussy as we are not spraying the house willing doors handles. When we probably never did before or toilet handles. Getting our kids to wash their hands more than before. We wiping the trolleys when we go shopping. When if we stopped and thought about it we probably never did it because all this Covid 19. We were ok then nothing happened to us because. Jesus was looking after us. Look at the people in the story in those days when Jesus fed 5000 plus people who were there that day with 5 loaves and 2 fish. They didn’t worry about Germs. We all gone a bit made. We looking in the shops to see what is best stuff to but to keep the Covid 19 away in our home we gone crazy and hand gel to buy when out and about. People in Jesus that day came to hear Jesus speak. They didn’t worry about Germs. They knew Jesus would take care of them. Jesus wouldn’t let anything happen to them. Jesus told the disciples to tell them to sit on the grass. The people there that day did not worry about insects on the grass. Or what the person next to them had or if that person had washed their hands or not. Then Jesus blessed the 5 loaves and 2 fish and had them passed round. Everyone eat and was filled. So no one got sick. So they trusted Jesus. So this story teaches me. If a crowd like this if 5000 plus people can trust Jesus to look after them. They didn’t care about Germ. We can during especially if saved. Trust Jesus to look after us and he will. But yes we have to obey the rules. But keep looking on the real master of the world. That is Jesus. Not let Covid 19 rule us. Keep Reading the word of God the Bible and Prayer and Trusting God every day for our lives to look after us. Jesus will like he did when he fed 5000 plus people that day with 5 loaves and 2 fish. They didn’t worry about Germs. They knew that Jesus would keep them safe. Thank you for another excellent reading. Love all incourage readings. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxxxx

  7. Ooh…this is good, Renee! Your words wrapped me in a warm blanket. Yes! I will choose that type of contentment.

  8. Jesus only….no mask or distancing for me from the beginning to now.I follow Jesus only.W@e are not having a pandemic.It’s a poison to attack your emmuine system that was mad in a manufacurer.NWO is coming soon and the governments and anti-christ is controloijng the unsaved and unbelievers.I can’t wait for the rapture of His Church(The Body of Christ) ,before the tribulation

  9. Jesus only….no mask or distancing for me from the beginning to now.I follow Jesus only.W@e are not having a pandemic.It’s a poison to attack your emmuine system that was made
    in a manufacurer.NWO is coming soon and the governments and anti-christ is controloijng the unsaved and unbelievers.I can’t wait for the rapture of His Church(The Body of Christ) ,before the tribulation

  10. Thank you Renee! Your writings always speak to my soul. I love your transparency.
    Being content in these crazy times is so needed.
    Blessings on you and your family!!

  11. Renee, thank you for your eloquent words. I too have learned to find peace, contentment, joy and appreciation of all that I have through this difficult time of separation, quiet and alone time. God has not left us or me as your message confirms. Thank you for sharing your time and talent. God is good all the time and All the time God is good.

  12. Love this, Renee: “exhale the frustration of all that wasn’t so I can inhale the beauty of what still is.” What a sweet reminder to choose gratitude and that God for all the good that He is doing in and around me.

  13. Yes to all of this, friend, Right there with you. Here’s to asking God for strength to choose “ease of mind” today and replace my what-if complaints with humble thanks. He is good. Always. Even in the unending hard.

    • Amen sweet friend. He is good, all the time. He is with us, willing to ease our what-ifs with His what is. Maybe His peace be your comfort and delight today.

  14. Renee,

    I, too, have felt like you. Waking up grouchy & feeling out of sorts. It has been hard to be content with the way life is going. I’ve been asking God to come back soon. Tired of all the rhetoric. Work has been some hard with shortages in all departments (Hospital). Covid is getting worse. The thought hit me that I can wallow in self pity or turn my focus on God. I have been trying to soak up much more of God & His goodness. Also keep a thankful journal. That really helps me see His greatness right in front of me. I can enjoy life a bit more.

    Blessings 🙂

  15. Thank you for your timely message of encouragement and the invitation to breathe in God’s best!!