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Oh…my…goodness…  How that common teenage response these days used to irk me!!  Usually delivered with a “yeah-I don’t-really-care-what-you-think-or-have-to-say” attitude, it is the modern-day equivalent of delivering the same message.  In God’s mercy, however, I recently had a personal revelation that has actually got ME started on using the word.  But let me explain…

"Whatever" is not just a snarky teenager's response. It should really be our prayer!

Contentment has been a big topic and issue in my life recently.  Not only have I been pondering it, but it has come up in discussions with random people out-of-the-blue and been a topic I’ve seen in various books and magazines I’ve come across.  Clearly, God’s trying to teach me something!

So I took a look at what Paul says about it in the Scriptures.  Already familiar with Philippians 4:13, encouraging us to “do the hard thing”, the line just prior to that verse jumped out to me:

…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.   Phil 4:11b-12

Paul has learned to be content…whatever

Now I understand that this is NOT what the average teenager is saying when using this response to a well-meaning parent or authority figure.  But the word no longer  irks me. In fact,  I realize that I need to use it with more frequency in my own prayers and pleas to the Father.

“Lord, whatever you send me…whatever I will go through today…whatever perceived trials I may face…whatever challenging people or issues I will need to deal with…whatever feast or famine I experience…whatever valley I need to cross…may my unceasing prayer be that of gratitude for your unfailing love and faithfulness and mercy in my life.  May I always seek more of you, and look less and less to my circumstances…whatever they may be.”

This is my prayer for you today, as well.


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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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6 Responses to Whatever…

  1. Susan Mead June 12, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

    Yea…whatever! Wow, what a beautiful turn in perspective Pat. I’m so glad you share Mom’s Morning Coffee with us here. Hugs. Susan

    • Pat June 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm #

      Thanks, Susan ~ appreciated the invite! And looking forward to learning from each other down the road…

  2. teacherstansel@gmail.com August 29, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I second Sonya’s comment! I really needed to be reminded of that “whatever” mentality today too. Whatever comes my way has to first be sifted through God’s hands before it comes to me…so I must remind myself to trust Him, whatever today brings…knowing that “If God be for me, who (or whatever) can be against me?” Whatever it is, it just doesn’t matter as long as HE is with me! Thanks, Pat! <3

    • Pat August 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      You’re right! It is SO important to remember: nothing is a surprise to Him and it’s all been “cleared” to happen! Isn’t it funny that we can remember that when times are good, but not so much when times are tough?? 😉

  3. sonya August 29, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I needed this 🙂

    • Pat August 29, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      So did I! But glad you could use it, too!! 😉

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