Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

As I sit here in my apartment, on April 12th, I can't help but notice the silence. Lately, I have been challenged in this area. Sometimes we can't help but emphasize or complain about the things that we don't have. It really is human nature, but we have to fight it. Here I am thinking about the people I lost who I never thought I would lose. The friendships and relationships that have ended unexpectedly. The people I've lost touch with while in medical school.

When we focus on what we don't have, we try to fill the void with everything but God. We may try to fill it with relationships, becoming a workaholic, sex, fancy things, etc. But let me tell you that all of these things will never leave you fully satisfied.

What I've learned is that until you make God the center of your life, you will never be satisfied. God can give you more joy than any of those other things can. The joy that comes from the Lord is everlasting.

Relationship or no relationship, being content.

~Love Always, Alleen