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Contentment is being satisfied because God is working everything together for my good and for his glory. 

Prayer for contentment:

Father, you give me everything that I need, and you have given me what I need most – forgiveness for my sin. Please help me to be content. Sometimes I struggle with being angry and feeling sorry for myself when I don’t get what I want. Please help me to be satisfied with your love and to rest in your perfect care. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ruth Younts – from Get Wisdom!

Parents this is a definition and a prayer that must be woven into your life before you can bring this truth to your children. No, none of us are perfect. We all struggle with contentment. This is where we can rejoice at the sufficiency of Christ’s work on the cross and embrace the beauty of repentance.  As you repent from being discontent you can lead your children towards contentment. 

As Ruth says, lack of contentment is a lack of satisfaction in God’s provision. We can say together with David, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Contentment with God’s provision is a precious gift you are to give to your children; don’t withhold it from them.


Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.