Thursday, November 20, 2008

Free online Christmas music and Contentment

I had to share this with ya'll. There is free online Christmas music here:
http://www.cbn.com/radio/?WT.mc_id=radiolaunch Most of the music is really great!! So listen for a while and get in the spirit .
Meanwhile:
aaaahhhhhhhhhh--I have a 15 bean soup simmering on the stove and a nice hot gas fire agoing!! This is Contentment. But an old puritan book called THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT--TELLS THE MEANING of true contentment LIKE THIS in referring to Philippians 4:11--
"The word rendered 'content' here has great elegance and fulness of meaning in the original. In the strict sense it is only attributed to God, who has styled himself 'God all-sufficient', in that He rests fully satisfied in and with Himself alone. But He is pleased freely to communicate His fulness to the creature, so that from God in Christ the saints receive 'grace for grace' (John 1:16). As a result, there is in them the same grace that is in Christ, according to their measure. In this sense, Paul says I have a self-sufficiency, which is what the word means."
"But has Paul got a self-sufficiency? you will say. How are we sufficient of ourselves? Our Apostle affirms in another case, 'That we are not sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves' (2 Corinthians 3:5). Therefore his meaning must be, I find a sufficiency of satisfaction in my own heart , through the grace of Christ that is in me. Though I have not outward comforts and worldly conveniences to supply my necessities, yet I have a sufficient portion between Christ and my soul abundantly to satisfy me in every condtion.........Because he had a right to the covenant and promise, which virtually contains everything, and an interest in Christ, the fountain and good of all, it is no marvel that he said that in whatever state he was in, he was content."
Another book, referrs to this aspect also! I know the new book called The Shack has been controversial, but one of his statements concurs with the above old quote. He has God say, "By nature I am completely unlimited, without bounds. I have always known fullness. I live in a state of perpetual satisfaction as my normal state of existence."
So contentment is a satisfaction in all that God is....and in Him my soul is abundantly satisfied..
so I can be content without the music , smells of simmering soup, and toasty fire, but it sure is nice!!!
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4 comments:

  1. The music is delightful. I really enjoyed "The Shack" and the quote you included is just perfect for your post today... a blessing indeed!

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  2. Sounds great! Wish I had a pot of soup going and a fireplace. But it hasn't been very cold yet here in Colorado. Crazy!

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  3. Just stopping by to let you know about the Holiday Giveaway on my nativity blog.

    Here’s the link:
    http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/11/holiday-giveaway.html
    Carrie

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  4. Just dropping in to wish you and your family and Blessed and Joyous Thanksgiving. Love and Prayers, Suzanne

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