The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1, KJV.

A friend of mine asked me to answer this question for her business page, “How have you found contentment in 2020?” I thought I would share my response with you today with the hope of hearing your answers, too.

I know that 2020 has been a year to remember, and even if we take COVID out of the equation, this was still a difficult year for many. However, just like the song says, “Through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus…I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”

Contentment, for part of this year, was like a mirage of an oasis in the desert; needed for survival, but seemingly out of reach. The all too familiar phrase, “Can’t I catch a break,” was on repeat because I felt overwhelmed with suffering a loss in my life and then carrying the burden of my father enduring a major stroke.

In an earlier devotion I shared that in my weakest moment I didn’t have strength to even whisper a prayer and that’s when God spoke softly to my broken spirit. He asked,

“What does faith say?

Emotion filled my eyes as I replied, “Faith says, You are a healer.” “Faith says that in You, Your promises are yea and amen!” “Faith says, You are a God who is touched by the feeling of our infirmities.” In one moment I was restored.

Unthankfulness is the culprit of discontent and doubt. In the moments when I felt like I have lacked, I have entered into my prayer closet until I could genuinely pray, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” This year I found the purest form of contentment in the presence of God.

I would love to hear from you today. How have you found contentment and thankfulness this year?



Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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