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How to be Content

How to be Content




I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)
The more YOU have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are. - Mother Teresa

Are you happy or settling?

What do you think is the difference between a happy person and a settling person?


Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get - H Jackson Brown Jr


If you are not happy now, what makes you think that you would be happy after something?

Singles, if you are not happy now, what makes you think you would be happy if you would get married? :)

Are you content?

When we are content, we can say that We are a HUNDRED PERCENT willing to accept whatever God wants to throw our way - the good, the bad and the ugly.

Contentment is the joyful submission to God's will in your life.


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  (1 Timothy 6-9)


Contentment is not laziness nor complacency.


Where is the Balance between Contentment and Complacency?


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.(1 Timothy 6:10)


This "love of money" Bible verse is the most misquoted verse in the Bible.

Money is not evil. Money is neutral. Money can be used to bless people.
Money is an instrument.
But don't allow money to master you, you must master money.
Money becomes evil when it comes to master you.


In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (
Philippians 2:5-8)

Jesus wanted the cup of suffering taken away from Him (Matthew 26:39), but He went all the way to death to prove his TRUST to the Father's plans.


I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)


To be content is Learned
Learn to be satisfied in God's classroom of life. 


Release what you want in life, and find gratification.

LET GO and Let God.



To have a full relationship with God, the key is: CONTENTMENT.

Paul found contentment in Christ, even when he was shipwrecked, beaten and jailed for the sake of Christ.




How to be Content

1. Release your will
2. Die to your desires
3. Live for Christ

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21


Let us always practice removing our focus on ourselves, that we may be able to see the blessings of God in our lives.


Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind ... for when I die; the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour. - Fanny Crosby



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Goals


“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It’s not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideas, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach.” Dr. Benjamin Mays



It is good to have goals, but goals could disappoint us if we leave God out of them. 
There is no point in making plans as though God does not exist because the future is in His hands. 
The beginning of good planning is to ask:
 "What would i like to be doing 10 years from now? 
One year from now? 
Tomorrow? 
How will i react if God steps in and rearranges my plans?". 

We can plan ahead but we must hold on to our plans loosely.

If we put God's desires at the center of our planning, he will never disappoint us. (James 4:13-16)
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Dekada

With my mom and sisters in DEKADA
A Happy Family is but an Earlier Heaven!
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My Heart Sings Praises

My heart sings praises
Each time I say Your name
This love is deeper
Than simple words can say
You go before me
You make a perfect way
My one desire
Is to give You perfect praise

In my heart
You are the power
In my night
Never failing light
With every breath that I take
I'll declare the things You've done
In my mind
Mighty Overcomer
In my soul
The reason why
In my life
You are the fire that calls me on

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Integrity


Integrity is about determining to walk the right path. It is really hard to have integrity on our own... That's why we ask for God's help.

Integrity is about saying NO.
It is refusing to pursue low and vulgar things.

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. - CS Lewis

Integrity is what happens in our home where no one else sees, but our own heart certainly knows.

Low and vulgar things is not just pornography or the likes, but also speaking cruel and profane words, letting our anger burn out of control and gossiping.

God made us to look to Him for so much more than this. 

The Lord on high is mighty. Psalm 93:4

Integrity is choosing to ask for God's help to say no. It is recognizing that without God's help we don't have the power to say no, but with His help, we have a new power to say Yes to High and mighty things. 

Integrity is making up our minds in advance to do the right things.

You do not  wake up one morning a bad person. It happens by a thousand tiny surrenders of self-respect to self-interest. - Robert Brault

I know my God that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. 1 Chronicles 29:17


One good way to decide in advance is to tell someone else what you're planning to do.
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Don't Worry, Be Happy

But the worries of life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making if unfruitful. Mark 4:19

Worldly worries, the false sense of security brought on by prosperity, and the desire for things plague us today...It is just so easy for our daily routines to become overcrowded...

Unfortunately, A life packed with worldly pursuits deafens us to God's word.

It is necessary for us to be free so we can hear God when He speaks.

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop - 30, 60 or even a hundred times what was sown - strive be good in every areas of our lives at all times.

The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is so small. John Piper
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Does Money Make you Mean?

Think about playing a game of Monopoly, except in this game, that combination of skill, talent and luck that help earn you success in games, as in life, has been rendered irrelevant, because this game's been rigged, and you've got the upper hand.


You've got more money, more opportunities to move around the board, and more access to resources.

And as you think about that experience, I want you to ask yourself:

How might that experience of being a privileged player in a rigged game change the way that you think about yourself and regard that other player?

PP of Tedtalk ran a study on the U.C. Berkeley campus to look at exactly that question.



They brought in more than 100 pairs of strangers into the lab, and with the flip of a coin randomly assigned one of the two to be a rich player in a rigged game - 

1. They got two times as much money.
2. When they passed Go, they collected twice the salary.
3. They got to roll both dice instead of one, so they got to move around the board a lot more.

Over the course of 15 minutes, they watched through hidden cameras what happened.

Here is a little bit of what they saw. 

Rich Player: How many 500s did you have?
Poor Player: Just one.

And as the game went on, one of the really interesting and dramatic patterns that they observed begin to emerge was that:

Rich players actually started to 
1. become ruder toward the other person
2. less and less sensitive to the plight of those poor, poor players
3. more likely to showcase how well they're doing - more and more demonstrative of their material success.

Rich Player: I have money for everything.
Poor Player: How much is that?

Rich Player: You owe me 24 dollars. You're going to lose all your money soon. I'll buy it. I have so much money. I have so much money, it takes me forever.

Rich Player 2: I'm going to buy out this whole board.

Rich Player 3: You're going to run out of money soon. I'm pretty much untouchable at this point.

What's really, really interesting, is that at the end of the 15 minutes, they asked the players to talk about their experience during the game. 

The rich players talked about why they had inevitably won in this rigged game of Monopoly:

1. They talked about what they'd done to buy those different properties and earn their success in the game
2. They became far less attuned to all those different features of the situation (including that flip of a coin that had randomly gotten them into that privileged position in the first place.)

It's a really, really incredible insight into how the mind makes sense of advantage.

Monopoly can be used as a metaphor for understanding society and its hierarchical structure - Some people have a lot of wealth and a lot of status, and a lot of people don't - they have a lot less wealth and a lot less status and a lot less access to valued resources.

Effects of these kinds of hierarchies 

What they have found across dozens of studies and thousands of participants is that:

A a person's levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases. 

In surveys, they found that:
Wealthier individuals who are more likely to moralize greed being good, and that the pursuit of self-interest is favorable and moral. 

Why should we care about those implications, and end with what might be done?

Personally for me, money wealth or any advantage, should not affect anyone's character.

Your character is who you are, whether you are rich or poor.
Your character is who you are whether you are happy or suffering....

It is the little choices that we make, that makes us who we are....
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