Thursday, February 28, 2013
Creating Contentment - Eternal Encouragement Seminar
Lorrie Flem started Eternal Encouragement back in 1997. She is the proud mother to 8 children and wife to Randy. She has published a magazine (which is now available online!), written books, spoken at conferences and retreats, and made many audios and videos that are designed to encourage women.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I needed this seminar. Creating Contentment - it almost seems impossible to do in this day and age where it is modeled that you can only be content when you have stuff and things are perfect in your life. But situations aren't perfect and there will always be the next best thing. Whether it is a car, mp3 player, cell phone, computer, tablet, there is always something new on the horizon.
So how then can one be content with all those things floating around there? Well in her online seminar, called Creating Contentment, Lorrie details 14 ways to create contentment. Each one, while very simple to do, is very effective!
In the beginning of the seminar she gives information about how the Bible talks about being content. Every verse she gives is so powerful. She uses one of my favorite verses. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." I think we rely so much on ourselves and forget that it's God who is in control. We try to make ourselves happy and that leads to being discontent. We aren't perfect so in essence we let ourselves down. But God is perfect! He will never fail us! Things may not happen when WE want them to, but all things are perfect in His timing.
The 2nd half of the seminar is focused on the 14 ways to create contentment. I won't give you all of them, but just one or two to get you started till you can get this seminar.
Two of the biggest ones that struck me most to Trust and Perceptive Improvement.
Trusting means you know that HE will always provide what you need! Note I said need and not want. There is a big difference. The car needs new tires for the winter, but I don't need a new car for the winter. (though 4-wheel drive would be nice in the winter) God always provides what we need! When my husband was let go from the company he had been with for 9 years and I was also on maternity leave for our 2nd son. To find out that we had no income (I had a limited amount from short-term disability) and we weren't sure what unemployment would bring in for us. It was a scary time. It was also the year that we started homeschooling. Talk about a lot going on. I admit, I was quite stressed staying home and not working. I know Darren was too. But we trusted that God was going to get us through. He always provided a way for us. Whether it was a donation from my parents Sunday School class (I still remember crying when we got the letter from them and their generous gift), or someone dropping off groceries, or just someone to talk to, He always provided. So Trust Him! He will never fail you.
The 2nd thing was Perceptive Improvement. Lorrie says this "The outward circumstances of our lives may or may not change, but our perspective of them can." I think that goes along with Trusting Him. While it took a long 5 months, we tried to keep a positive outlook of what was going on. God had the perfect job waiting for Darren. It just wasn't one of the 100's he had applied for nor the 25+ he interviewed for at the time. We tried our best to keep positive. It wasn't always easy and there were days that I doubted and went into a funk over the whole situation. But God was in control and I tried to focus on that as much as possible. Darren was really a rock during those hard days. I see now how God used him to show me how to be strong.
I will admit that it can be very hard to be content. I know I have a list of things right now that I would love to have. But will they make me any more content/happy? Most likely not. But after listening to Lorrie's seminar and writing things down, I feel that I have a lot more control with being more content in my life. Now to put these things into practice so I can work on being more content in my life.
If you would like to purchase the Creating Contentment Online Seminar click here. It is just $3.00! What a DEAL! You get the seminar and a pdf of the slides. The slides show ALL the scripture references and 14 ways to Create Contentment.
Also, Lorrie is releasing another seminar on March 1st! I can't wait! This one is called True Womanhood is Not for Wimpy Women. (I like that title!) The cost for this one is $6.00 This one has 2 Videos and 1 Audio file! Plus you get a pdf of all the scripture references! What a GREAT deal!
** I was given this product in exchange for my honest review of the product and was not compensated in any other way.