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  1. Great post, I’m actually in the place where I know in my logical mind I need to be content but disconnecting from my heart is so hard. Thanks for this encouragement!

  2. ooooo- contentment is HARD! I constantly find myself working on this one. It’s weird to feel full of gratitude and still have this battle in other ways. Thanks for writing the truth.

  3. Great reminder Natasha! God is working on me to surrender this year. I’ve gotten so frustrated that my plans didn’t go my way that I had forgotten to consider what God had planned for me. He’s pointed it out to me and slow by slow I’m learning to surrender all to Him- the things that go my way and the things that don’t. For the first time in my adult life I’m in a season that I didn’t expect and I feel oddly guilty about it. The things that brought me to this place were entirely out of my control and entirely within His control, so then why should I feel guilty? Shouldn’t I feel great joy that the Director and Perfecter of my life has such a great plan for me? That’s how surrender is changing me. It’s the joy of knowing that He works everything together for my good and what I thought I wanted is not nearly so good as what He wants to give me.

    I’ve bookmarked this post so that I can read it again on the hardest days of surrender. Thank you.

  4. “But I can make myself surrender the things that discourage me and thank God for the things that bless me.”

    Amen. It’s amazing how having a thankful heart can change my attitude. True joy and contentedness comes from daily surrender and thanking the Giver of all Gifts

  5. That is so true… even if we got exactly what we wanted, if our hearts were not right with God we’d still be discontent. Crazy, isn’t it? When God shows you that it’s not really about this outward stuff–the earthly trials that seem so pressing right now–but it’s really all about Him. About becoming more like Him and loving Him more. How each trial is designed just right for us–just enough pain to drive us weeping to His feet, enough to show us our complete reliance on Him– and not too much to utterly crush us. Just enough and no more. Oh, He is good.

  6. Ahhh. This fed my soul tonight and squeezed the tears right out of my heart. In a good way. Needed this drink of grace-water today. Thanks, Natasha.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      so glad, Laura. {hugs}

  7. Natasha…this is so very true! I feel so ashamed of the moments I wish I didn’t have to be on top of having a snack ready at 3pm every day or the fact that I can’t just drop things and run to be with a friend. We BOTH struggle with being content…so sinfully human of us…and it makes me so thankful for a Savior who can wash me as white as snow and bond us together as sisters despite the first glance assumption that we don’t have much in common.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Hmm… yes. So, so thankful for the redeeming blood of Christ that binds us all together, washed clean.

  8. Cassie Bailey says:

    Completely inspiring! I love your posts so much!

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Ah, thanks Cassie!

  9. fullherlife says:

    Beautiful, Natasha… ~ Blessings, Amy

  10. Your posts seem to bring on the sweetest of meditative moments for me…I read and am taken…filled with compassion,remembrance,gratitude. thank you for this..

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Hmm… so glad. Thank you.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Thank you, Delite, for all your glorious encouragement. I love that you cry tears for me even when my eyes are dry.

  11. This is just what I needed to hear this morning! May God help me to continue to surrender, to be that “living sacrifice” His Word talks about!
    *I have to admit, I had to chuckle when I read about the “rage” you can fly into…. I can’t even count the times I’ve thought those same things! My poor husband is always a *tad* relieved when the “sane person” comes back! 🙂

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Ha! Yes. My husband (after carefully checking to see that I’m stable) often makes joking remarks about my tearing apart the house because “I’m never having kids so why do I even have a bedroom upstairs?” moments.

      🙂

  12. Natasha, I had to share this on my fb page…and I was going to say the same thing about that beautiful picture/text. I can’t wait to see it.

    It’s a sad, painful truth, that the grass always looks greener on the other side, but it still has to be cared for, regardless. Surrender…that’s the secret!

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Thank you, Lyn!

  13. Convicting & encouraging. Thank you, Natasha, from another woman who has also walked the road of childlessness for well over 10 years.

  14. Be-ya-uuuuu-tee-ful, Natasha! Thank you for being so honest about this. It’s refreshing to see the truth out in the open.
    And I REALLY hope you put that beautiful text-picture on facebook. I’m really looking forward to sharing it. *hinthint* 😉

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Thanks, Jessiqua.
      Watch for it on facebook! 😉

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