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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…

“I thought to myself, ‘Come now, I will try self-indulgent pleasure to see if it is worthwhile.’ But I found that it also is futile” (Ecclesiastes 2:1, New English Translation). Many people live with the belief that “things” make us happy. The more things we possess, the happier we become. They devote their lives to accumulating more and more, always chasing happiness through what they possess. Solomon speaks of this in Ecclesiastes chapter 2. He built houses, planted vineyards, constructed pools, added livestock, and amassed money and valuable treasures. He brought in musicians to entertain, and he surrounded himself with…

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:37, ESV) Peter turned to watch the wind churn big waves. Lot’s wife looked back to see her city in flames. David peered across rooftops and found momentary pleasure. Eve looked on the fruit and saw it was good. All of these well-known characters had the same difficulty that we often face. Keeping our eyes on Jesus. Peter turned his eyes to the problems in front of him. Lot’s wife mourned what she left behind. David coveted what he didn’t have and Eve was filled…