Tag Archives: How To Get Contentment And Joy Right Now

Thank You Lord – My Two Cents Story Today (How 2-cents became a meal and 6-cents)

You do know God has a sense of humor, right? I’m trusting that if you’re in this audience, you’re okay with laughing in worship.

[note to self – share my two cents story here and now as in simply type up the facts]

That’s it.

Simply the facts.

The way it happened.

By the way I’m guessing that you laughed. Maybe cried too but that’s another story, we’re focusing on laughing today! Do you want more – but in your own life? If so, here’s how to get started.

7 Steps Of How To Get Contentment And Joy Right Now

Step 1. Ask!

That’s right.

Simply ask.

Open your heart and ask God, “O LORD please give me an increase in Faith!”

Step 2. Write it down!

Write down what you did in step one so you can remember in your own words, in your own style of prayer, because you have your own relationship.

Step 3. Hold your horses!

Hey, did you really write it down in a way you’ll remember?

I wrote it down on an index card.

Index cards can be stuck on mirrors, moved to pockets, even used as a bookmark to find later.

If you want to learn from me, it’s important that you actually take action.

No pen?

No paper?

Stop whining!


Be creative –

Open Something.

Copy and paste.

Hint: whatever else you may write, include these words:

O LORD please give me an increase in Faith!”

Or bookmark my site 🙂

Click here to add this website to your favorites!

Step 3.1 Abuse is a special case

Are you or someone you love recovering from abuse? If so, you’re gonna need index cards to use what I give for help so you can pray them at your bedside when you go to bed, then again whenever you wake up… including in the morning. Then tuck them in your pocket, purse, backpack or briefcase for the day.

Check out my section Prayer – Abuse Recovery Prayer

Write each prayer down on an index card so you can heal.

They are only recently online, but each of those arose in prayer a couple years ago from an Ignatian Spirituality practice, a prayer style that I studied and that I now attempt in my own broken way to practice throughout my day as well as in particular spots in my day.

Putting these prayer cards online came up in prayer, too, repeatedly. Sigh. Not my idea. Definitely! In fact, I resisted mightily! Yet it kept coming up in prayer, to put them up online somewhere someday. ‘Til one day it came up in prayer to start to put it up “Now!” … extremely gentle but very specific and very definite… so I finally realized… Oh! That’s You! Yes Lord…

Step 4. Recognize faith!

What is faith?

Faith is a relationship with Jesus.

Your relationship with Jesus is your faith.

Step 5. Contentment and joy flow from your faith.

But part of your faith is you go make a difference in the world.

That’s right. You get to go make a difference in the world.


Faith in action is powerful.

In fact, faith in action is where contentment and joy reside.

How do you figure out what your special difference is in the world?

By asking God and being open to finding out.


“Yeah Right!” comes to mind (two words I used on the phone to an IRS agent who called me once upon a time; funny only now! later when I sued the IRS, they sent me a check along with an apology “…if… any inconvenience…”)

It’s okay if you’re stuck on “YEAH RIGHT!” read on!

Okay, so I’m at IKEA where my 2-cents turned into 6-cents, a bottomless water (priceless;), coffee with organic half-and-half… preparing to go over to the Grotto to work on teaching lessons by email on how to get from raw dream to reality online…

I’m contented.

Filled full of contentment and joy 🙂

Kind of like a kitten sitting on someone’s lap purring…

and Maybe You’re Not.

Here’s a practice that’s easy to try in less than 5 minutes right now:

I listen over and over to a YouTube video, “Shine Jesus Shine” and I’m guessing you can at least duplicate that part, maybe even Right Now? I mean, you’re online reading this, hmmm…

Shine Jesus Shine

Step 6. Repeat Step 1 and Step 4.

Hmm I’ve been repeating the video since I got it from our choir, so I’m hazarding a guess that it wouldn’t hurt for you to include that too ‘eh? If you’re serious about wanting some of that contentment and joy stuff anyways 🙂

Than? Repeat the YouTube Video in Step 5!

Step 7. Open your heart.


That’s the key.

That’s the truth.

Open your heart because God loves You just as you are right now.

Hmm and one thing I bumped into was a note I made a long time ago and it was in the midst of a big as yet unpacked open red woven baskety thing so I’m hazarding another guess in my feeling it’s maybe useful for you right now … let me see – yup, right under a Rosary blessed by Pope John Paul II … one medal shows Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, with the words above her “I am the Immaculate Conception” which the church gave as Mary’s title. It kind of means Mary got born baptized. As in, without original sin.

Nope, nothing to do with sex 🙂

The church teaches that Mary got to start out her life without original sin. Her parents had sex and brought her into the world in the regular way.

Then Jesus grew in her as a human from the moment of his conception until he was born as a human being.


Here’s that note:

I am whole and perfect as I was created.

‘Tis a broken world. But God made you and made you to last forever. You’re just not in heaven yet. Yep. We’re in a broken world but you can still reach for and experience contentment and joy if you want to.

P.S. I’m just getting started so I’m kindof using this as my own notes space here. But! Maybe helpful for you, too… If you enroll in the IKEA family as they call their shopping card, you get free coffee or tea every time you visit in person. And wifi!

By the way do you work for IKEA? If so may I pass on a suggestion from one of your customers who just said to me as I put organic half and half into my refilled coffee mug… “They should put a big sign here about the Tea!” because she looked all over for it… and she’s right!

P.P.S. This is to remind me but maybe you’ll find it useful too… I sure did when I bought my bed last month. Yum!

“Eat for FREE! Dine in our restaurant and we’ll deduct the price of your total restaurant purchase from any home furnishing purchase over $100 * Offer valid Nov 10-12 . Nov 23-25 . Dec 8-9 . Jan 19-21 . Feb 15-18 . Mar 9-10 . Apr 13-14 . Apr 27-28 . May 25-27 . July 20-21 . Aug 3-4 * Restaurant purchase must be consumed on the premises. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Home furnishings purchase must be made the same day as the restaurant purchase. Not valid on IKEA Gift Card purchases. Simply hand over your IKEA Restaurant receipt with coupon to the store cashier to have your discount applied. Total home furnishing purchase must be $100 or more before tax. Offer may vary in IKEA Carson”

(check with your IKEA if you’re counting on using this because I just typed it from the flip chart on my table here by PDX Portland airport in the USA! Anyways I’m going to keep this page up to date so that I can use it to remind me not to spend somewhere else on those days… or if I’m about to, to wait!)

Ahhh… 3 small incredible cups of hot coffe in me… just a few ounces each time to keep ’em coming hot…

Finish this later because ’tis time to go to the Grotto, “Now!”


thank you

Thank You Lord!